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Old School Healthy

Friday, October 26, 2012

So I've been dropping weight doing a little of this and a little of that. My biggest loss came from my two rounds of HCG. Something I DO NOT REGRET doing AT ALL. I just want to make that very clear. It was the jump start I needed to get my head back in the right place.

But since HCG is not a forever thing to do after I dropped the initial 60 pounds I decided I would try and lose the remaining 30 a different way. A way I would have to live the remainder of my days on earth. At first I simply followed the phase 3 protocol which says no carbs/no sugars.

Well back when I tried Atkins I remember that I felt great and lost a big chunk of weight at that time. Also come to find out my mother is wheat sensitive which means I have a chance to be as well. So I looked around for more in depth information and stumbled onto what is called Paleo/Primal and often referred and frequently teased (thanks Significant other) as the Caveman diet.

Here's what I love most about this philosiphy. EAT FOOD YOU CAN IDENTIFY. Thats the single most important thing I took away from it all. Yes I eat meat and yes I eat fat. But what I eat most of are VEGETABLES. I still eat starches, mainly in the form of sweet potatoes and other starchy tubers, but delicious amazing vegetables fill my plate now! And I don't just go to the grocery store to get them. Now I visit my local farmers market and talk with the farmers and get the freshest stuff on earth. I also eat seasonally! SO a few months ago it was lots of zuccini, yellow squash, and green beans!! now it's carrots, cauliflower, beats and root veggies. I'm in heaven. With all this food I've not counted 1 calorie AND I've not lost one pound. But here is the kicker. I've dropped inch's galore! I've also become stronger and faster than I ever have in my life! Buses no longer escape! My backpack isn't a burden anymore and I'm whistling Dixie why? because my asthma is completely gone! My skin's cleared up and frankly... I look pretty stink'n goooood. I still have a bit to lose but slowly it's coming off.

So now I'm looking into old school food preparation and I'm dallying in Fermentation. Its so easy I'm seriously kicking myself as to why I've never done this before.

Currently I'm brewing up a batch of Kombucha which is fermented tea and Kefir which is fermented milk. Now why on earth would someone want to eat that you might ask? Well because it's "alive" and you NEED good bacteria and yeast in your body when I drink it I rebalance everything going on in my gut.

Few weeks ago, strep throat was making it's way around the building. I didn't even get a sniffle. My new way of viewing food and my health have become the most important part of my day. WE REALLY ARE WHAT WE EAT!!

Below I've posted a few pictures of my Kombucha Scoby and my Kefir, both of which are hanging out in closets :D If you want to make your own I highly recommend it!! The instructions are ALL over the internet and I promise you once you get started all it is, is maintaining your bacteria mother cells and time :D

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    2000 days ago
    Love Love Love the farmers market.
    Sounds like you found something that really works for you.
    GO YOU!!!

    Fantastic that you no longer have asthma! what a huge change.

    You should also try making your own yogurt. it is so awesome and no preservatives or chemicals. Love my homemade greek style yogurt.

    keep up the awesome job.
    2001 days ago
    Fan freaking tastic!!

    2003 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    I love the HCG Diet and don't care what "Haters" have to say about it. Glad the two Rounds worked for you. It works if you follow Dr. Simeon's Protocol. Glad you are doing the Paleo Diet now and that works for you. I follow Dr. Mercola on his web site and he recommends having fermented foods daily, so I have sauerkraut. Kefir is expensive to buy, so never thought about making my own, but great that you can do that. I'll check that out. Dr. Mercola talks about a number of fermented foods, but I don't know about kombucha but he's mentioned it.
    2006 days ago
    Whooohooo, I say you are a great success. It gets even better when you can start growing your own veggies.
    2006 days ago
  • -LINDA_S
    I assume you have a copy of Nourishing Traditions? It's all about that stuff, except you can eat grains if you soak them (not that you have to eat them at all). I didn't have great success with kombucha--seemed to still have too much sugar in it. I did do well with the beet kvass, though. Glad you're doing so well. Come join us on one of the primal/Paleo teams!
    2006 days ago
  • FREEME1980
    emoticon Congratulations on finding something that works for you. Thank you for sharing.

    Have you tried sprouting?

    Fresh fruits and veggies are important in living a healthy lifestyle! WTG on your progress! emoticon
    2006 days ago
    Cool, it's great to find something that works : )
    2006 days ago
    I've not tried either (the Kefir or Kombucha tea...) and I'm not sure if that's what I'm looking to do now...But I admire your desire to continue to improve your health!!!!
    Jodie in AZ
    2007 days ago
    Umm, no thank you. emoticon I can admirably say that you are some kind of amazing for being able to do this. I don't have the time, energy, or desire. I do however which I took the time to shop farmer's market. I have also read a lot about The Paleo diet and it makes total sense. I am sure the actual poundage is going to be falling off pretty soon. COngrats on kicking the asthma! You seem to be in perfect control of your health and that is emoticon .
    2007 days ago
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