Saturday, October 13, 2012
I recently viewed this youtube video of a talk given by a doctor who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She was confined to a reclining wheelchair before doing her own research and drastically changing her diet. Her story is amazing. I think the important thing we can all take from what she is saying is that if we don't eat the nutrients our bodies need, we are starving ourselves, even while we may be gaining weight. Feeling full does not mean being nourished. Here is the link, in case you'd like to see what she suggests we need to eat:
Dr. Terry Wahls, Minding Your Mitochondria www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjgBLwH3Wc
Since changing my diet, principally eliminating carbohydrate foods except vegetables and fruit, and limiting dairy somewhat, I have noticed the following changes, all of which began in the first week and have continued over the last 7.5 weeks:
Generalized stiffness and aching gone.
Digestive problems, bloating, gasiness gone.
Borderline blood pressure corrected to 120/68.
I've had other changes, including losing almost 20 pounds. Dr. Wahls didn't have to convince me, but it is amazing to hear someone else's story. By the way, she says her condition had some underlying symptoms that are the same as other diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
It is a day filled with cool breezes and warm sunshine
as azure seas cast delightful waves edged with sparkling white diamonds upon a powdery shore.
Everyone has the pleasure of making personal choices which suit their own desires,
and that never infringe upon any other's.
All peoples are happy and healthy and have an abundance of good and nutritious food.
I'm strong, healthy, vibrant, and live a life full of the joys family and friends bring.
...And the 4 flower girl dresses and 6 groomsmen vests are cut out, sewn, pressed and ready for the big day.
...And the flowers are arranged, and the rehearsal dinner is ready to be served.
...And the errands run, and the daily tasks well in hand.
...And I'm free to pursue all the wonderful occupations that intrigue me so...
...photography, painting, education, entrepreneurship of all sorts.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
All of my trigger foods have one thing in common: They are all, without exception, high in simple carbohydrates. They may be sweet, they may be salty, they may be warm, they may be cold. They are solid, and they are liquid. They are nutritious, and they are nutritionally bankrupt. But they are ALL CARBS. Pralines, divinity, pasta, potatoes, popcorn, chocolate, soda, fresh baked whole wheat bread, fresh baked wheat and flax biscuits, cookies, pastries…on and on it goes.
My trigger foods are, for the most part, homemade, with the best, most nutritious ingredients I can find. I can pass up a burger and fries…skip a meal entirely if all there is comes from a fast-food source. But like my dear Grandmother, when I’m at home and wanting to elevate my mood, the first thing I think is, “Cook something good.” I remember her saying it. “Let’s cook something good.” And that usually meant some peanut brittle or peach cobbler or homemade rolls, or potato soup. And they were good. Feelings of security and love and warmth and comfort are rolled up in those foods. Traditions and memories are held in their smells. And the sensation that floods my entire being when I take a bite must surely be close to what a drug addict experiences.
One bite gives me a surge of pleasure, which quickly calls for another bite. The second bite clouds my sense of balance and proportion. The third bite leaves me making excuses. And there the battle is lost.
I’ve come to realize that I’m not just consuming carbs, they are consuming me. They are eating away at my lifespan. They are eating my health one bite at a time. They are also draining me.
They are draining me of drive and energy and vitality.
And they are giving to me… generously they do not intend to spare me any more than they spared my Grandmother and my Dad and numerous other relatives. They bring their gifts of diabetes, heart disease, joint replacements and strokes. And with each gift they give they steal away precious experiences I might have enjoyed.
Bike rides and swim races and volleyball games with my children and my grandchildren. Long walks in the woods with my husband. If I let these simple carbohydrates have control, they will keep me from dancing at the weddings of my children and grandchildren and they will shorten my life and thwart my last days with pain and sickness.
It is hard to remember, at times, that the feeling I get while consuming these carbs is a trade-off in pleasure of many other kinds. I love life, and I want to live. I want to hold my great-great grandchildren with loving arms and feel the deep pleasure of seeing the future generations sprung from the life-blessings God has given.
So I have made a choice. I choose life and health. I won’t eat these simple carbohydrates. I won’t even bring them in the house or buy the ingredients to bake them up. I will remember to “eat to live, not live to eat.” I will discover new foods that don’t hold this deadly drug. And in time, when I have built up control, I will enjoy fruits and whole grains again.
I will strive to remember that not everyone has my addiction. I will try to not waste energy judging what others eat. But I will lead by example for my family and friends that perhaps have this same weakness.
I choose to maintain control over what I eat, rather than the other way around. I will faithfully plan what I will eat, and track all that goes into my mouth. I will learn other ways to cope with stress and boredom and fatigue. I will find other outlets for my creativity. And I will develop new traditions that promote togetherness and health.
And when I feel myself beguiled by the whispering call of these trigger foods, I will try to remember that there are myriad other pleasures sweeter to my soul. I choose life and health.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I’ve lost 14 pounds:
6 ˝ inches in my hips
5 ˝ inches in each thigh
3 ˝ inches in my waist
1 inch in my neck
˝ inch in my upper arms
I've gone from being comfortable in a 20 to wearing my 16's. And I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER!!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Shrugs... everybody's different. But for me, low-carb is like magic!
And under the heading of OMG I HAD NO IDEA, file the little fact that a tiny packet of Truvia has 3 carbs! And that plate of pasta, 280 carbs! Yep...umm...no thanks.
For fitness, I spent $20 on a used elliptical trainer...best $20 I've spent in a while! I'm up to a big 10 minutes on that thing...but it is great for resistance training for my legs, while really getting my heart up and going. For the rest of the hour, I've found that I can pedal right along on my makeshift recumbent bike (a little portable peddler sat in front of a chair). I tighten the resistance a bit on it, and it get's my heart rate up and humming. I'll be glad to add a nicer model recumbent bike at some point, but for now, I'm doing what is in front of me to do :)
Best website I've found for obtaining nutritional info on foods: http://nutritiondata.self.com. This site provides a exhaustive, searchable database complete with all kinds of in-depth info that a lot of other sites just don't provide. If you aren't familiar with it, check it out. It's a FANTASTIC tool. (copy and paste the link, or click the link below)
It will be one month on the 21st. I reach my first mini-goal (to lose 17 pounds) any day now.
I'm energized...motivated by an idea I had just yesterday:
If I work hard...really keep at it... If I do what it takes to keep that scale moving on down... I CAN REACH MY GOAL WEIGHT BY MY BIRTHDAY! (January, 2013) I can't think of a better birthday present to me. Unless maybe I tag on a whole new wardrobe to go with the whole new me :)
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