things are looking up!
(anyone remember the kaiser commercial with the little chubby blonde boy talking about his health? the one at the end where he said things are looking up? so, so sweet.)
i am finally hammering down what works for my good old body. my skin is glowing again (seriously. and a lot of wrinkles are gone!) — not looking like a pimpled out sixteen-year-old’s. my hair is thick and grows like a weed (it’s taking over my face. haircut?). my nails are strong. my stomach no longer hurts after every meal. i am not ravenous throughout the day. the much unappreciated bloating has left me alone (thank god). my bathroom visits are consistent. so is my period (remember i lost it for 9 months?). i do not think about food outside of when i am hungry (this is HUGE). my mood swings have lessened significantly (so much so that i was surprised to get my last period. usually i’m irritable and teary beyond all belief. last time? nothing.). the best part though? i’m just fucking happy.
now i contribute these (radical) changes with a few things.
protein has stabilized my body. i credit it for killing the binges.
oh sweet baby jesus, do i love me some eggs! i eat, on average, one to two a day. usually in the morning time. i am full without feeling stuffed and energized for long bouts of time.
in addition to eggs, i added chicken, fish, and turkey back into my life. yes kids, you heard right — i am eating meat again. i fully believe a plant based diet can help so, so many people. i am simply not one of them. i tried. i tried so hard. but there is no denying how much better i feel with animal protein back in my life.
cutting back on carbs and upping the veggies.
to be honest, i am dabbling in the paleo lifestyle. this includes cutting out grains. however, i know from past experience that i cannot cut out grains one hundred percent. otherwise, i am risking walking back into binge world — a place i seriously do not want to be. so, i usually eat one serving of grains a day, preferably in the morning or around lunch time. otherwise, i feel distended. night time is no time for carbs (for me). usually, i replace the carbs with veggies. veggies at breakfast? okay with me! veggies all day? bring it
adding fat has helped.
i kicked peanut butter and almond butter out of my fridge (the sight of it makes me gag. too many months spent bingeing on it.). now, my nut butter of choice is tahini (technically a seed butter). so delicious!
i love avocados (as always), ghee (why oh why did it take me so long to find this?), olive oil, and small servings of (preferably raw) cheese. yum!
i say small because dairy straight hates me.
no yogurt. no fro-yo (so. sad.). no ice cream. no milk. otherwise, i am a gas machine and uncomfortably bloated with minor stomach pains. raw dairy helps.
last but not least, the biggest and best change thus far has been cutting out sugar.
i react ridiculously strong to sugar. white sugar, primarily. compare it to an addiction. if i eat something sweet, i usually crave more. andmoreandmoreandmore. it’s a cycle that induces binges for me and one i am able to manage only if i keep sugar out of my life. it also plagues me with mood swings and depression. i really don’t like that. so that means no white sugar, no maple syrup, no agave, no fake sweeteners. if i want to feel my best, i avoid added sugar. i am trying not to drop sugar cold turkey (cold turkey never works for me). instead, i am phasing it out. so far, so good!
i’ve overhauled my exercise routine, too.
yoga has saved my life. again. i cannot stress to you how much stronger i am, physically and mentally, after picking up yoga again. i only practice two to four times a week but it has made such a difference in my physical, emotional, and spiritual appearance. i am grounded and centered, strong and happy. i love yoga.
something else i love? intervals. i decided i hate running. did i tell you i got to the last week of the c25k running program and went, “eff this” and dropped it? cause i did. i don’t want to spend time doing things i hate. intervals though? gimme gimme moooore! (sidenote: remember that b-spears song???). i’ve always been a sprinter (why i played forward in soccer). so it only makes sense i prefer sprints to hour long distance runs. bleh.
i still climb (though not nearly as much as i want). and i bike everywhere i can. iheartmybike. i love walking too. it always wakes me up. hiking rocks as does jillian michael’s videos (primarily the shred series). i am thinking of dipping my toe into the weight lifting pool but for now, i am still too scaredy cat to go in without my floaties (aka my brother, the lifter).
oh, and real random, but going out has helped a lot, too. i am a social person. always have been and always will. locking myself in the house does me more bad than it does good. interacting with people provides room for play in my life, something i think everyone needs to be lighthearted.
and there you have it, loves. what’s working for me, right now. i am happy. and feeling more whole every day. i apologize for the long post but, a lot has changed. it took a lot of listening to my body, observing my intuition (yours is there! promise!), and giving up “rules”. why should you live by someone else’s rules when you know your body and your needs the best?
enjoy your weekend! i have to work till 6:30 today. WEAK. but i will do it all with a smile. just cause
what have you changed for the better this year?