I’m just going to say it. Changing the way you eat and the way you think about food isn’t easy. The decision that I made over two months ago to focus on health and happiness instead of on weight loss meant being more mindful about what I put into my body. I know that veggies are good and processed foods are bad, but I am just now discovering how much more there is to the story.
Guys, trying to decipher all this information is just plain hard. And it’s overwhelming. There is so much information out there and so many differing opinions, that it’s hard for me to figure out what is best for me. For instance, gluten free: helpful and good for everyone, or just for those with a sensitivity to it? I’ve heard experts on both sides of the fence, so what do I believe?
And then there are all of these “superfoods” and “adaptagens”. Acia, maca, matcha, spirlina, collagen, bone broth, and on, and on, and on… Are they good for everyone? Are they good for me? Are they really beneficial? And what are the benefits of them all? I’ve been reading up, but again, there are so many have differing opinions.
What I can tell you is that I have been incorporating several of these superfoods into my diet and I am really enjoying playing around with them. The information and inspiration I’ve found on Instagram have made it even more fun, but it has also made it a bit more overwhelming. These recipes list so many ingredients, I feel like every day I’m seeing more and more superfoods that I want to experiment and play with.
However, this mama on a budget can’t get too playful, as these ingredients can get pretty pricey. So the challenge for me is figuring out which items will benefit me more right now, and which ones I should consider more of a luxury for another time.
That means research, not something I’m great at or really enjoy doing. I tend to just jump in, buy and try things, trusting what I see or hear from a few people on TV or social media without looking into it and seeing what it will do for me. Or to me. Like the time I decided to try the Bulletproof coffee recipe. I looked up the recipe on Pinterest, threw in my grass fed butter and a nice dose of MCT oil and poured in my coffee. And then I added a little more MCT oil for good measure.
When I researched it AFTER downing a whole mug of coffee filled with the stuff, I did some research online and found the suggestion to start in very small doses to get your body used to it. If you don’t, you could end up with some of the side-effects, which include nausea and multiple trips to the bathroom. Yep. They nailed that one. I have since tried their suggestion of building up gradually and my body has been MUCH more agreeable to that!
The truth is that I’m still finding myself getting frustrated that through this new journey so far, I’ve only lost a few pounds. The problem is that my ego wants to see instant results for my efforts, but that’s always been my problem, especially when it comes to my body. I need to see instant results and a physical transformation or evidence of weight loss in order to be motivated to continue with whatever I’m doing. If I don’t, I find that the cheeseburgers and chips and junk food cravings are stronger than my desire for a healthier me, and I slip back into old habits. That’s what I’m trying so hard to avoid this time, and I’m doing much better than I thought I would.
That’s also why I decided towards the end of April that May was going to be “No Weigh in May”. To avoid the frustration I find with the lack of movement in the scale, I was not going to step on it even once in May! I will say that it is hard and I was tempted many times. But I reminded myself of how easily I’m thrown off course when the scale tells me what I don’t want to hear. Especially when I’m really trying. Everything was going great until last Saturday, with only five days left to go in May. I couldn’t stand it anymore. I was anxious to see if I had made any progress since April 30th, and pulled the scale out of the cabinet. The results? I’ll discuss that in a future blog post.
Because along with “No Weigh in May,” it also became “Meatless May”. The decision to go meatless in May was really just to test if I could do it and to see how my body felt without it. A couple of days in, I did decide to loosen the rules a little bit and allow for fish (mainly tuna and salmon). I was doing amazingly well until one Friday, when two of my bosses took me out to lunch and the restaurant had a very, very limited and boring veggie offering (i.e. a side salad and asparagus). So I ordered a turkey sandwich with bacon and didn’t beat myself up over the decision. I took comfort in knowing that the restaurant was farm to table and works with local meat producers, who treat their animals with respect.
While the inhumane, cruel and disrespectful ways that these factory farms treat their animals wasn’t the reason for going meatless in May, it definitely fueled my desire to maintain throughout the month and then to be more aware of where we get our meat it the future. More about that also in a future blog.
Unfortunately, I also ate some meat (in the form of lunch meat in pinwheels, some BBQ weiners and Swedish meatballs) that following Saturday at my best friend’s graduation party, but again, grace and no judgment.
So all of this to say that I am definitely taking this healthy eating, healthy living thing seriously, and having some serious fun with it. I am definitely a work in progress here. I recently ordered some superfood products from a company called Organic Burst, but now that I have them I’m not exactly sure what to do with them.
I hope you will follow along with me on this journey. At 42 years old, I am more ready and excited than ever to create my best life and be healthy, energized and ready to take on the world.
If you have any suggestions of products or recipes for me, or any tips, I would be so excited to hear from you!