Saturday, April 13, 2013
I can feel it in the air. I always knew that something was going to change in my life before it actually happened. I don't anticipate that it's anything HUGE, like a move, or a baby, but who knows, it could be.
What I really think it is, is my mind. I feel like the gears in my mind regarding healthy eating and healthy lifestyle are finally starting to align. It's not that I don't still have cravings for junk food, because I do, every day. But I'm starting to connect the way I feel to the foods that I eat.
I used to wake up sore and stiff and my joints would always be achy. I used to always eat LOTS of sugar throughout the day. I'm not joking. I think I lived off of sweets and bread. And then I'd eat a salad and be like "Oh, I'm healthy, I eat salad and all my dark green veggies and colorful fruits and veggies." And then I'd run and hide and scarff down half a tub of ice cream. No joke.
I have slowly been cutting out sugar and wheat products, because those are the things that I lived off of, and I knew it wasn't good. So to be completely honest, I don't cut out wheat gluten all of the time. I just try to limit it to things that I bake. So I have in the past made our own bread from wheat that we grind ourselves, and that bread does not seem to bother me. My goal is to continue baking it, but it has been a little hectic so it hasn't gotten done, so I haven't been eating bread. Which is ok. I miss it, and I had a piece the other day, store bought, the healthy kind with flax seed, and I felt like crap right after, and had to run to the bathroom the rest of the day.
So all-in-all, I think I'm starting to lean towards what they call "Clean Eating." Which is pretty straight forward. I understand it as eating mostly fresh and local, when available, and as little processed foods as possible, and as little refined white sugar and white flour possible. Which is where my family is headed anyway. My husband and I like make our own sausage, and we've gotten some of the recipes down. He hunts in the fall and then we make venison sausage with the majority of that meat. Then sometimes we get ground beef and pork from local farmers that we know and make more.
We also enjoy gardening and have been able to produce a lot of produce that we either can or freeze. We do cheat and buy a small bag of sugar for tea and coffee. But on most days I'll just use milk or cream and no sugar in my coffee. Since we don't bake with it, or with flour for the most part, the baking that I do do is actually really healthy and I don't feel bad giving it to my kids. I've also found some good snack baking recipes that are gluten-free, like crackers.
Anyway, I guess what I'm saying is, I still like sweets, but I also like feeling well. And after two weeks of really trying to eat clean and say no to sugary sweets and bread, I actually feel well. And I've lost weight, without really trying. I'm hoping to keep it up and enjoy a sweet thing when I really need it. But I feel like I can control it now. And a victory that I had the other day was this: There was a tub of left over icing from my sons birthday cake, and I grabbed it to snack on while watching a movie. I had maybe two spoonfuls and then I put it away, because I was uninterested. Then today, I did the same thing, but had about 1 spoonful, and then I tossed it. It didn't satisfy like it used to. I actually just needed water believe it or not!
Anyway. I'm really excited, and I hope that you can be encouraged as well. I think it is just all about baby steps right? And we don't really see the progress that we've made until we are so far ahead of where we used to be.
Keep pushing on. Keep moving. Keep trying. Keep getting up every time you fall. You can do it, and I can too!