I’m a 49-year-old female who has worked in holistic health for the past 21 years. I am into personal growth, new age spirituality, healthy, delicious food, gardening, motorcycling and disc golf.
I have committed to one year of no sugar and no wheat. I am working to lose approximately 50 lbs. of excess weight by doing this food plan, exercise and inner work (emotional, mental and spiritual introspection, releasing and creating).
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This blog is a personal account of my journey of discovery as I explore and evaluate what works the best for me. I like to share my feelings, my process and the new things I find.
How did I get here?
I used to have a rich spiritual life, but had slowly gotten out of the habit of connecting, or having a discipline or practice. I still talk to God, and I utilize Network Spinal Analysis regularly, but I felt there was an emotional backlog that was hindering my ability to be the person I know I am. I credit NSA with helping me realize this, but I needed to add some proactive steps to my life. I had become complacent and passive, using food to numb out. This was showing up as cynicism, sometimes succumbing to the fear mongering so prevalent in the news, and feeling stuck in old habits and old ways of thinking, especially negativity and judgment.
Medically I would be considered healthy except for the obesity. My lab tests have always been normal and I’ve had no diseases. Blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, triglycerides… all of that is within a normal range. I have had a lot of miscellaneous symptoms, which is one reason I kept checking my lab tests. Even though nothing showed up, I’ve felt off kilter. Joint and muscle pain and stiffness, with long recovery time after exercise, hot flashes every two hours while attempting to sleep, sleep apnea when on my back, overly short of breath when climbing the stairs, poor memory, difficulty concentrating, starting to need reading glasses. I upped my exercise and made efforts to eat more vegetables and less junk.
But no matter what I did, I could not seem to keep off sugar for more than a few weeks at a time! I learned about an eating plan that eliminated all cravings by eliminating refined carbs, processed food and mood altering substances (that’s sugar, wheat, flour of any kind, caffeine and alcohol to you and me). So I incorporate that along with other valuable perspectives I’ve learned, to guide my food portions and choices.
I thought it was pretty extreme and tried to do ANYTHING else than have to give up all those favorite things for good! For me, those were the “treats” I would look forward to the end of the day.
After a year of strictly doing that plan, my partner had lost 75 pounds, looking and feeling great. And me? I was still in the same place I’d been; another year gone by and nothing to show for my efforts, such as they were. I had to admit that I couldn’t seem to do it my way, keeping a moderate amount of sugar in my life. It would always seem to expand to become a major dietary component, as if it were one of my four food groups!
So here I am, publicly committing to what most would consider an “extreme” limitation for a year. I am using this blog to keep me accountable and possibly help anyone else who is considering or taking the same path. I know if I can do this for a year, it will be a habit and a lifestyle. And if I can also exercise and do some inner work almost everyday, then I will become the person I want to be.