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