A few weeks ago something clicked & I finally managed to change my diet for more than um, 4 days. I’ve struggled for years to give up sugar and wheat, even though I have celiac disease and a number of other autoimmune issues. You’d think constantly feeling sick would be enough to switch my brain, but no. It hasn’t been.
So I was reading this Crazy Sexy Life page that I stumbled on somehow, and her example of the WORST DAY OF EATING EVER was literally what I’d eaten that day – coffee for breakfast, cheeseburger (organic at least) and fries for lunch, a glass of wine and mac (gluten free) and cheese for dinner. While I know and have known that’s not good food to cram down your gullet all the time, I just kind of snapped. I realized how sick I felt, and sick I was of feeling sick. Say that 3 times fast!
So, the last 4 weeks have been focused on an alkaline (my body runs REALLY acidic) diet, keeping the 80/20 alkaline/acid balance. No coffee, no sugar, no wheat, no soy, no dairy, no alcohol. No processed foods. Limited grains, except quinoa. Lemon juice in water nonstop. I don’t know what made me change my tune, maybe just being 35 and tired and scared that I was poisoning myself. But I think it was really the right choice for me.
The first week I lost 6 lbs, without exercising, and it’s stayed off. The first 2 weeks were BRUTAL with headaches, but now I have loads of energy and feel great. I’ve been having some cravings, but Cafe Gratitude has some wonderful raw, vegan, no-sugar treats, and a tiny square of dark chocolate goes a long way too. Making amazing tasting food has been easier than I thought, and every time we go grocery shopping and I look into a cart that’s all vibrant and gorgeous fruits and veggies, I actually get emotional.
We’ve been eating loads and loads of kale, spinach, asparagus, broccoli; things I used to hate eating. I don’t miss cheese. I don’t miss coffee. I’m finding great recipes from Color Me Vegan, Vegan Soul Kitchen, and the Post Punk Kitchen.
I want to try to eat this way as long as I can.
Now that I feel like the painful detox phase is over, exercise is next on the list to tackle. I went from being super biking-climbing girl to zero exercise, mostly because my vision made it dangerous to do those things. My eyes are healing, and I have a few videos (Tracy Anderson the crazy gnome, The NYC Ballet Workbook), but would love more tips for good ones. Maybe I’ll even work back up to having a gym membership.
(&, has anyone seen the Forks over Knives movie?)
(& sorry about the iPhone shots in this post! Not the best, but you get the idea.)