Probiotics / Enzymes / New Eating Choices
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
What has happened to me these past few years? I've ballooned in my weight. Size 8s and 10s are a thing of the past. And after today's shopping trip, I'm not even a size 14 any more...
On the one hand, I've explained it to myself that it's all due to retirement: Constant traveling to new places, no longer working at an exercise facility, plus too many happy hours. Not just retirement though... I've gone through menopause and lost who knows which hormones that used to be beneficial. And enzymes! My body no longer has the digestive enzymes that covered over a multitude of my poor nutritional choices.
Now I'm beginning to turn my interest towards gut bacteria, and the helpfulness of probiotics, prebiotics and additional enzymes to see if I can get myself out of this overweight mess I've gotten myself into.
While at a thrift store last week, I came across the March 10, 2014 issue of First for Women magazine. An article---Heal Your Gut to Lose Your Belly---was a compelling read!
As one sentence stated: "The key to losing those extra pounds and staying thin for life effortlessly? Changing the nature of bacteria in your GI tract."
I went over that 4-page article with a fine-tooth comb, making notes for myself.
Not only was fiber a big "must," but so was the encouragement to eat foods that were considered probiotics (and/or take probiotic capsules), along with foods that were prebiotics.
Today's grocery shopping list had me adding jars of pickles to my cart; sauerkraut, kefir, yogurt, and high fiber cereal. And a box of daily probiotic capsules.
I'm willing to give this different way of eating a shot to see what happens.
I don't want to keep getting bigger!
. . . s u s y . . .