I LOVE to eat! Just really enjoy great food! And mostly the food I love is NOT so great on the GOOD calorie fairy's chart!
I love a big ole' burger...I can do without the french fries and usually do order a veggie side..but something about that burger is just so all AMERICAN satisfying!
But then I ask myself...do I want to continue down the food path I'm on and enjoy that first tantalizing bite and then berate myself for the rest of the day...or do I want to seek out a healthy substitute that will satisfy my appetite and put me in the weight category I need to be in...in order to look good in my clothes, and recapture the energy I need for my crazy life?
I need to remember back and realize that I've always been a fairly thin person who made pretty healthy choices but then I slipped into poor food choices and let stress, time constraints, and just plain laziness boot me out of the lifestyle that kept me thin in the first place.
I told you a couple of weeks back that I had purchased one of Gwyneth Paltrow's new cookbooks on eating healthy. It's called "It's all Good"
She had mentioned one of her mentors that helped her regain her health and balance and I thought...aha...I HAVE that book.
Actually I have as many diet books and cookbooks as the local library.
So I dug it out and sat down to absorb some of the information. That book is "Clean" by Alejandro Junger, M.D.
Basically he explains that he began this health exploration because he was so drained and so unhealthy as a cardiologist in the medical field and he knew that drugs and pharmaceuticals prescribed to mask his symptoms weren't the answer.
It had to go back to the source and the source of course is FOOD!
He further tells us that all health comes from our guts and that by constantly assaulting the 'good' bacteria and pro-biotics necessary to keep a healthy digestive balance we are basically shutting down our metabolism.
When you can't assimilate the nutrients in food...or the food has NO nutrients you might as well just load a gun to your head and play russian roulette...it's just a matter of time until you kill your own sweet self with your knife and fork.
Wow...that HIT home!
So...fitting to this challenge and MORE so because I need my HEALTH...my hubs is counting on me...the consignment gallery is counting on me...my friends are counting on me...my crazy little cat Keanu is counting on me...and MOST especially my bear cubs and sparkly friends are counting on me...it's now or never!
Just in time for the challenge I'm going to undertake this clean program and see where it leads me. The initial kick off is a 3 week program and it's intention is to eliminate foods that cause allergies..therefore booting out of your body all those bloating energy vampires, and cravings. This is meant to build up your healthy intestinal flora and reset your metabolism.
I don't know if I can make it through the entire 3 weeks, but once I did do the Master Cleanse for 21 days and if I can get through that crazy rigid program this should be a piece of cake!
I also did a three month program of eating RAW that is eating nothing over 106 degrees because if destroys all of the nutrients in food. That was a little weird for me...I do like my food to have some temperature to it...but BOY I did lose the weight...about 35 pounds and I sure felt great. It was outrageously time consuming if I'm skinny on ANYTHING it's time!
...so I fell away from the program and promptly gained back about 20 of the lost pounds...ugh...this sucks!
Actually I think the yo-yo effect is even worse than just staying heavy in the first place.
Not to mention how discouraging it is to us who have come so far...just to fall back and start again. I have to find something that feels natural and sustainable to me...but I do need a jumpstart to get there!
Our food supply is so tainted...it's a real challenge just to find 'real' food these days, and when we DO find the real food...is it HEALTHY REAL....or GMO fake?
Ay...yi...yi...we humans have SUCH challenges unless we grow our own...lucky are those of you who do!
I will start the program on Monday because I just decided this is the way to go for me on my 5% challenge in order to see any real progress and it will take me a few days to gather the non gluten allowed items, and most importantly the mental intention.
I'll be making a 'clean' log and sharing it with you and reporting on what is happening. My hope is this will create some new habits and those new habits will STICK and I'll be into an overall healthier lifestyle.
The BAD news is no coffee, and NO wine.
Oh boy you are going to hear some whining over that one Lucy!
But nothing ventured nothing gained and I'm sick of going up..going down, going up...it's unproductive and absolutely unhealthy!
Lets get it started...I begin on Monday....I'm challenging myself...continually and trying out a new approach yet AGAIN...one day something is going to register in my wheel house and I'm going to say...aha...this just feels right to me!