I am feeling rotten this week; I have a urinary tract infection. Sorry if this is “tmi” but it does relate to the topic of my diet. Every time in the past 5 years that I have decided to eat healthier, lose weight, diet, etc., I have developed a uti about 2 weeks into it. I don’t know why it happens, probably something to do with chemistry, hormones, dehydration, ph balance, acidity, whatever. When I began this new way of eating a few weeks ago, I was positive it wouldn’t happen this time. After all, this was a lot more than just cutting calories. This was getting my system balanced, lowering acidity and raising alkaline. But 2 days ago . . . here we go again. I’m convinced that there is a more healthy natural way to get rid of my uti and heal my body than with antibiotics, but I’m just too new to all this and feeling too awful to think about it right now. Like they say, the best offense is a good defense.
I wrote, earlier in the week, about my experience with fermented beverages, about caving in to my cheese obsession, and about making my own raw nut butter. I am 51 years old and have been eating the same way for all of those years. I’m enjoying feeling healthier and being pain free but I am having a very difficult time with all of these “weird foods”. I’ve never even eaten much in the way of fresh fruits or vegetables. I’ve never eaten sprouted grains and nut butter and coconut oil and I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to most of them but I’m determined to try. I don’t want to go back to feeling the way I did before and I definitely want this extra weight off. So far I’m not really enjoying the tastes and textures of the foods in my new diet. It’s just so incredibly different; it’s a whole new way of thinking. There’s so much health information to take in and remember. Take vitamins, use essential oils. Don’t medicate, vaccinate or exercise. Eat this, don’t eat that; cook this, don’t cook that; don’t cook in the microwave; this is bad, that’s good. Eat raw, eat clean, eat real; gluten-free, dairy free, soy free. AHHHHHHH! Who’s right, who’s wrong? All I can do is fumble and stumble along in my own way and hope that I don’t kill myself somewhere along the way by eating the wrong thing (or the right thing cooked the wrong way).
I’ve been doing fairly well with my new-found eating style. I haven’t really had much of a problem giving up refined sugar like I thought I would . . . until today. It’s that time of year again; the time when Kit Kat sells their (in my humble opinion) greatest creation by the bagful. They take white chocolate Kit Kat bars, artificially color them orange and sell them as Halloween candy. I can’t resist white chocolate Kit Kats. Why do they do this to me? Why do they tempt me to the dark side every year? Of course, it’s not my fault for giving in to the temptation laid before me. I can’t really be expected to use my own willpower to overcome it, right? Before you ask, yes I did read the ingredient list and yes I was horrified by said list. Yes, I do realize what I’m putting into my body and yes I do feel terribly guilty. I have almost entirely avoided all sweeteners (except for small amounts of raw unfiltered honey) for a month now. I’ve given in about twice a week, each week, for a few glasses of sweet tea and a couple of sodas. Not bad considering my previous daily Sonic habit and daily quart of sweet tea. Yes I’ve improved greatly . . . until today. Oh well, tomorrow is another day.
Monday I went back on the diet. I hate calling it that, because I don’t think of it as a diet; I’ve learned to look at food a whole new way. I’m already feeling better and back to losing weight.
A few weeks ago, I decided that I had had enough. I felt horrible and I was almost positive that I was diabetic. I regularly had chest and arm pains and difficulty breathing. My knees and ankles hurt so much that I limped and every step I took was painful; I even had to resort to using those motorized buggies a few times just to do my shopping. I frequently had “stomach issues”. I was convinced that if I continued on the same path, I wasn’t going to live much longer and I was convinced that it was because I was so overweight. I had to go back on the lo-cal diet that had previously been so successful for Hubby and I. Monday would be the day. That Saturday, I read a book by the Braggs on healthy living; it changed my entire perspective. Maybe it wasn’t simply the weight; maybe the weight was just the symptom; maybe the real issue was the garbage that I was putting into my body. I didn’t think I was eating garbage. I don’t drink alcohol or consume artificial sweeteners. I was eating what I thought of as good old-fashioned country cooking. I also don’t really like many fruits or vegetables. I knew that it was packing a lot of pounds on my body but I just didn’t realize how unhealthy it was. That book by the Braggs caused me to start doing a lot of research in a very short amount of time. I have to insert a little disclaimer in here; I do not agree with the Braggs’ religious views and there is quite a bit of faulty reasoning in their writings. Frankly, I think they are a bit nutty! There, I said it. However, I am very grateful for the many things I’ve learned from their writings so far. What I read that night and the research I did (and am doing) convinced me to completely renovate my thinking when it comes to food and my body. I began that Monday. I completely cut most processed foods, all dairy and most meat from my diet. I began drinking only water and juices and eating only 100% whole grains (and only a little of that). Those were the major changes; there were some other changes as well that I will document in later posts.
I never expected to see a dramatic change in such a short period of time. Wow! Within 24 hours I felt WAY better. My energy level and overall positivity was through the roof. Within 48 hours I had no more chest pains, shortness of breath, or symptoms of diabetes. I was sleeping much better and the pain in my knees and ankles had almost completely disappeared. I was walking without a limp for the first time literally in years. I lost 9 lbs. in a week and a half, but that is typical weight loss for me at the beginning of a diet and I didn’t lose anymore over the next 4 days (also typical for me). I wanted to make sure that this was only the effect of diet change so I didn’t exercise, fast, take vitamin supplements or drink apple cider vinegar as the Braggs suggested in their books. This was great! I wasn’t having to count calories and I wasn’t very hungry (only a little). I did this for 2 weeks. Then I started “The Reverse Experiment”. Tune in tomorrow for the next episode!
when the pants that were a little too tight are now suddenly a little too loose!!!!
My scale! I know we are supposed to be mortal enemies, but he is my new bff! I have no idea why I think of my scale in the masculine; I’m sure there is some deep-seated psychological problem behind it, but I really don’t care to delve that deeply into my self-esteem issues.
I realize that when you are attempting to lose weight, you are told not to weigh yourself daily; but I do! Now, admittedly I only record my weight once a week on my Weekly Weigh-in post; but I still adore watching my weight creep lower and lower by the day (most of the time). Hubby is a very OC type personality so he has a whole Excel weight chart and graph thing that he records his weight on every day. I have no idea if he thinks of the scale as masculine or feminine and I probably don’t want to know.