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Relaxing...a good thing? Coming clean.

Monday, April 15, 2019

By relaxing I mean not being super-vigilant about what you are eating. Can you actually relax at all? I had lost 25 pounds but have gained some back. I want that to stop, and start moving in the other direction again.

I seem to have gone around the bend during the holidays. It started with homemade cookies my sister-in-law kindly gave us for my husband and me. And I didn't exactly go crazy, but was having desserts. I could feel the old habits creeping back. Too many snacks, too many handfuls of cashews. My cravings for sweets returned. I have regained control now, mostly.

Before I went mostly plant-based, I used to plan snacks of yogurt, hardboiled eggs, and cheese. Now I eat raw veggies, fruit, and nuts. It seemed I was eating too much fruit and triggering hunger that was hard to manage because of the sugar. So now I am eating protein bars and shakes from Vega, a plant-based company.

Also, I was feeling extra fatigued and a little depressed. I've also seen some hair loss and thinning, which worries me. My hair has lost the strawlike quality it had from years of coloring, and has come in curly, but I see some thinning through the front and crown. I started taking algae-derived DHA capsules, since I've read that a lack in these essential oils can trigger depression. And zinc. It seems to have helped with the tiredness and off mood.

The next goal is to get myself started on a real, live exercise program. Yikes. One foot in front of the other. Keep moving.
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  • MOLLIEMAC
    Sue, do you supplement with both DHA/EPA and B12? We need both of those, check out blogs at NoMeat Athlete.com and also Michael Greger for more info and suggested doses.
    185 days ago
  • NIGHTGLOW
    I like some of the plant-based yogurts, but like the other ones they can have a bit of sugar. Nuts are such a tricky balance, right?

    Yay for forward motion. I'm working on it, too. Onward!
    185 days ago
  • CHRISTINEBWD
    I ended up with thyroid disease too! You may want to get checked if your doctor hasn't already checked. Oh and your plan sounds good!
    186 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    OH, have you been tested for thyroid disease? That was one of my first clues .. .hair loss. And even the outer 1/3 of my eyebrows was missing!

    Just a thought.
    186 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    That's a good plan. I started my exercise with a treadmill at home which we got rid of after 2 motors died then started Leslie Sansone videos at home before heading to the gym after winning free passes.
    186 days ago
  • SCHRADER5
    Sounds good! You've got this! Keep pushing!!!
    186 days ago
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