Updated: Feb 10
Back in the good ol' days I was able to work out a bad diet. Eat cookies? Not a problem. I'll just run up and down these steps all day and I'll burn that right off. But not anymore! Eat a small bowl of ice cream and my body is not happy. For a very short bit of time my taste buds were giddy with delight but it didn't take long for that fun to wear out. Now I'm not focusing properly, my stomach is upset and I forgot why I was so happy just a few minutes earlier. Sound familiar? At 45, my body just started changing. I wasn't doing anything differently but I began to gain weight and I was loosing muscle tone. Mentally, I was in a fog and struggled to focus. I found myself irritable and patience lost its meaning. So I started my journey on google and learned it had everything to do with my age and my changing hormones. It took some time for me to get a handle on my new changing body. But once I figured out what was best for me, it made all the difference. Here's my disclaimer: we are all unique. What works for me may not work for you. So do your own research on yourself. Test out different foods. Slow down and pay closer attention to what your body is telling you. My body loves raw fruits and vegetables. I love the 80/20 rule. For me, it means I will eat 80% raw and give myself 20% other choices. I hate boxes and I don't want to be in one. I don't claim to be a vegan or a raw foodie, but I sure do love the way they taste and make my body feel. Before this change in diet, my skin was getting thin and flimsy. Now it's beginning to thicken and get firmer. Yay! My achne doesn't exist even during menstruation. My eyes are clearing up and looking shiny and my mind is processing properly. If your body is changing, instead of making excuses for your weight gain or other ailments, try asking yourself some questions. What is changing inside of me and what changes will I need to make in order to get back the results I once had and loved or have always desired? These were the beginning questions that started me on my own health journey. I eat much less now and the quality has improved. I am a normal person with real emotions and I have my binge moments. But life isn't black and white, yes or no. We have moments. And whether we realize it or not, we gather these moments. Some we love, some not so great and throughout our day we strive to accumulate great moments. Celebrate your wins at the end of each day and feel good for the small improvements. Find friends who also want to share in this health journey with you. Support groups are my lifeline. I would love to hear about your challenges and your wins. My goal is to create a safe place for people to turn for help and find inspiration for their health journey.