The Dirt Witch Chronicles

Earth Based Forum for Personal Growth

Category: Health and wellness

Personal Growth and Weightloss

Some thoughts…

It has come to my attention that when a person is on a spiritual path, they will change their diet.  They switch to a more “healthy” diet like becoming a vegetarian or vegan.  I’m not sure I am spiritually ready to let go of all my food habits yet!  As you can see from my picture, I am a little chunky at the moment.  Ok, not really chunky any more.  I’m down right fat!  And I hate it!

Selfie Aug 8, 2018

I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.  It takes every ounce of energy I have to get out of bed in the morning and work my desk job just to keep a roof over our heads.  I’ve been told that I could apply for disability with these ailments.  But, I’m thinking that as long as I CAN get out of bed, then I will.  When I can no-longer function well enough to be productive at work, then I’ll consider other options. In the mean time, I am trying to get control over my eating habits and not just because I’m fat.

When I stick to an all organic diet of fresh, non-processed foods, I am MUCH more energetic and my pain is more manageable!  I KNOW this kind of diet makes me feel better, but I’m a sucker for anything sweet! And pasta!  Oh my!  I love pasta and potatoes and cookies and ice cream and… Where was I?

Back to the diet.  Now that I am making it a point to put it “out” there that my goal is to become healthier and possibly more spiritual in the process, I should at least have some kind of plan.  Right?

So here it is.  Currently I weigh 185 lbs. and I’m 5′ 5″ tall.  Most of my weight is in my stomach which I think makes me look pregnant!  Or really badly bloated!  My goal is to get down to 130 lbs.  Anyway, my doctor has explained that because of my blood type, I should be on a paleo- slash keto-diet.  Which means:

  • No sugar
  • No grains
  • No dairy (except eggs)
  • No alcohol
  • No process meats

This means that I have to read labels.  Did you know that there is added sugar and salt in almost everything you buy at the super-market?  To avoid these added poisons you have to buy fresh, unprocessed foods.  And that means spending a LOT more time cooking and preparing meals!  This is where my system fails every day!  I’m exhausted all the time right?  So standing in the kitchen, chopping and cooking, which I used to LOVE to do, is exhausting!  And I have a husband who thinks “low-fat” everything is going to be his ticket to weight loss so he buys lots of low-fat tv dinners.  Yup, tv dinners.  Don’t get me wrong, I like them too.  And they are VERY convenient!  I just wish they didn’t have all the added crap in them!

I have already started a form of this paleo-type of diet.  I no longer put sugar in my coffee.  Now I use raw, unfiltered honey.  It’s still sugar, but at least it’s not processed to death!  And I also put 1/2 cup of sugar in 1 gallon of tea.  I used to use almost a full cup!  I found that by drinking a lighter roast coffee and a tea that is a blend of black and green teas, they aren’t as bitter to start with and I use less sweetener anyway.

I also don’t eat as much bread or pastas.  And if I do eat bread, it’s GOT to be organic whole wheat or full of seeds!  The key with this item is ORGANIC!  I also have acid reflux and anything with wheat that isn’t organic makes me bloat really bad and causes the GERD symptoms.  (I’m thinking it’s the glyphosate on the wheat that’s causing those symptoms!)  I have switch to not only organic wheat items but also rice pastas.  But, rice is still a grain.  I did get to a point where I wasn’t eating grains except maybe once or twice a week.  I have to admit, I’ve been so hungry lately that I’ve added them back into my daily calorie intake simply to help me feel full.  I need to replace those calories with some protein instead.

I really like cheese!  Especially on my pasta!  And in my head I always tell myself that it’s a protein and it’s good for me!  Not so much.  I can’t drink a glass of milk without it hurting my stomach so why do I think cheese is ok?  This food is actually one of the easiest to let go of for me.  Cheese is expensive and I HATE spending that kind of money on it!

Then we get to the “no alcohol” part.  I like beer.  No!  I REALLY LIKE BEER!  It’s one of my vices.  But, again, beer is made with grains.  And the grains have glyphosate on them.  Beer makes me bloat and screws with my blood sugars.  When I go a few days without a beer, my stomach shrinks a little and doesn’t feel so tight and “in my face”!

I don’t like processed meats all that well.  They are full of salt and nitrates and are a weired texture.  If I can hide them between two pieces of bread and wash them down with a beer I hardly notice it!

So what is my basic plan moving forward?

My plan is to start, again, with one thing.  Remove one thing from my diet each week and replace it with something healthier.  For example, green tea or a blend of green and black so I won’t miss the sugar that isn’t in there.  Cook my eggs in coconut or avocado oil instead of bacon grease.  Crunchy carrots as snacks instead of potato chips.  So what do I start on this week?

Well, I just bought a bunch of oatmeal and rice noodles that my husband doesn’t really like, so I need to wait on them.  I also have almost a whole 12 pack of beer in the fridge.   I just made a gallon of tea with sugar in it.  Lunch meat!  Oh wait, we have a bunch of lunch meat too.  Cheese.  I can start by eliminating cheese!

That was easy!  I wonder what I’ll eliminate next?

Just kidding!

I know I need to take this seriously!  It really is time to clean up my diet.  My plan is to go ahead and eat what I have on hand.  Not all at once!  But when I go to the store next, I’ll avoid adding more of the bad stuff to my pantry!  It’s easier to eliminate things when you already have a more healthy option on hand to take it’s place.

I guess I’ll have to stop back in and post again when I’ve made some progress!

Thanks for listening!

D

 

 

 

 

My First Dose of CBD OIL!

Nature’s medicines:

CBD

Bill and I finally broke down and bought some CBD oil from our local health food store.  The brand we purchased is American Shaman.   We both took our first dose this morning and were surprised to actually be able to feel a difference!  Bill described it as “everything is smoothing out!”  For me it was like my tendons were more relaxed and the pain I normally feel all over was just not nearly as bad!  It’s all very interesting!

Boswellia Serrata

Another interesting find is Boswellia Serrata or Frankencense.  Turns out that it’s an anti-inflammatory agent.  We both chose different combinations of this herb along with others to try as well.  So far, I’m not noticing any differences with the version I purchased.  But, we’ll see.

Summary:

Since these are brand new herbs to me, I will have to do some major research to find out just how effective they are against his arthritis pain and my fibromyalgia.  I’ll put all my findings together and will post an article about them soon.

 

 

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2015 New Year’s resolutions!

resolutions-326x235It’s that time of year again!  You know the time I’m talking about.  Time to take a good look at what you’ve accomplished in the past year and make resolutions for the new year.  I thought I would share what I’m planning for 2015 and what I have learned about myself from 2014.  My main resolution for 2015 is to lose weight and I have a three step plan to accomplish it!

First

I am cutting out white sugar.  This is a really big change for me!  As it probably is for most people!  White sugar is extremely addictive.  And, like high fructose corn syrup, it’s also in many, many processed foods!   So, I will no longer use sugar in my coffee or my tea.  I will have to stay away from ice cream, cookies, candies, and all those other wonderfully sweet concoctions that I so love to snack on!  In it’s place, when I really need to sweeten a beverage, I will allow myself to use raw honey instead.  I also have a stevia plant that I can crush and use with my teas.  As for the other foods, I will be reading a lot of labels!  Anything with sugar added will not be included in my kitchen.

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Second

By February, I will also be removing all dairy products from my diet.  By dairy, I mean anything made from cow’s milk.  That includes cheese, yogurt, sour cream, and butter.  The reason for this is because mamalian milk contains growth hormones.  I’m not going to grow any taller so the only way I can grow is more round.  This is NOT the effect I want!  So, out goes the dairy!  In it’s place I will be using almond milk instead.  I have this grand idea that I’ll be making my own from organic almonds but I have a feeling that I might end up taking the easier route and just buying it off the shelf.  If you know of an good organic, non-gmo, with no chemicals or preservatives added, let me know!  I’m always looking for new food sources!

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Third

I’m going to have to add in some exercise too.  I really don’t like the idea because I’m so use to a sedentary life style.  But, I don’t just want to lose weight, I also want to feel healthier and stronger.  That can only be accomplished with exercise.  Now, the type of exercise is still up in the air.  I will start out with yoga because it’s easy on my joints and feels more like stretching than exercising.  I may add in some pilates and walking later as I gain more energy and feel healthier.  We’ll see.

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Other 2015 Resolutions:

  • Continue my commitment to living a more authentic life.
  • Allow myself to regain my passion for gardening.
  • Find more ways to live in a more simple manner that focuses less on consuming and more on thriving.
  • Return to daily spiritual activities like meditation and other workings.

The bottom line about setting new goals each year is to help me maintain a certain amount of hope.  Something to work toward.  If I don’t have something to look forward to, I tend to slip back into an apathetic state and that leads to more depression.  Growing spiritually means learning to be at peace within myself and being happy just being me.  I have a long way to go to get that place but I’m at least moving in the right direction!

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What I learned about myself in 2014

I am dependant on technology.

I am just as addicted to my technology as I am sugar.  Isn’t that pretty sad?  When the power goes out, I find it difficult to find things to do that don’t require electricity.  I end up turning to my cell phone for entertainment just like so many other people in America.  That causes me to ask myself a few questions: Is this really the way I want to live?  Are these values really what I want to teach the next generation?  Is my technology addiction contributing to the degradation of society?  I don’t have any answers to these questions.  But I am determined to push myself away from my computer and put down my phone more during 2015!

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I am either a Libertarian or an Independent

What about the political side of myself?  I learned this year that I am NOT a democrat, a liberal, a true conservative, or a republican.  I guess you could call me an Independent maybe even a Libertarian.  I think that this country needs to get back to the basics of the constitution.  We need to shrink the government, get rid of the income tax, and do away with the Affordable Care Act.  Government shouldn’t be used to control people or to dole out handouts.  It should be to create and enforce laws that keep us from behaving badly.  There is a lot more I could say on this subject!  But, I’m actually still forming my true opinions about all of this.  I’m hoping that during 2015 I will be able to verbalize my true position about politics.

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I’m still dealing with a lot of fear.

Fear is something that we all deal with in one way or another.  Many of my old fears have come back to haunt me in 2014.  And it is those old fears that are blocking my spiritual growth.  The main fears are:

  • Fear of making mistakes.
  • Fear of losing relationships.
  • Fear of failing.
  • Fear of losing control.

I’ve been through many years of therapy and I’ve been on several anti-depressants over the years.  But the main issues that keep returning are these fears.  They drive my sense of identity and my worthiness.  I know I’m not supposed to let outside voices dictate how I feel about myself.  Logically those words make sense.  But emotionally they don’t.  So part of my daily spiritual practices are going to have to include some kind of affirmations and loving mantras.  There must be a reason these fears keep coming back.  I hope I can figure out why so that I can make them stop.

That’s all I have for now.  I don’t have all the answers.  I do have lots of questions!  But I think I’ll save them for another day.  I hope everyone has a Blessed New Year!  I also hope that we, as a species, can learn to be more tolerant of each other this year.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could go for a whole year without any kind of war anywhere on the planet?  What is one thing we could each do today that would set us on a path toward world peace?  I don’t know what will start the ball rolling, but I’m betting it has something to do with learning to love ourselves first.

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