The start of my healthy lifestyle was in March of 2010 when I finally visited a chiropractor for my nasty sciatica. In our first meeting, she instantly opened my eyes to a healthier way to eat and live. She talked about drinking raw milk and not eating soy….say what? I was drinking soy milk at the time and she explained how it was filled with chemicals and phytoestrogens. Too much estrogen is not good for you! So, I stopped drinking soy milk and started looking into the whole raw milk thing. A few other people close to me also drank raw milk, so I figured it couldn’t be too bad. I bit the bullet and tried it myself and haven’t looked back since! I drink it because it makes me feel better than I have in a long time; plus there is a lot of disconcerting information out there about pasteurized milk. If you live in an area where you can obtain raw milk from a good source, I highly recommend it. Anyways, my chiropractor has been an amazing influence and inspiration on my journey to real health and wellness.
Actually, now that I think about it, the real start to my healthy lifestyle was back in 2006 when I met my honey. He so lovingly told me “if you don’t stop eating white bread and pasta, you’re going to end up with diabetes!” Okay, okay, so I was eating A LOT of those things at the time (plus pizza and loads of Hungry Jack pancakes!), but still…me get diabetes? No way! I was in grad school then and he was in his senior year of college studying to become a PE teacher (yes, he wears sweats and t-shirts to work every day and I’m jealous!). He was just learning about diabetes in one of his classes, so he thought he would share the info with me. I’m glad he did, because it truly changed my life. From then on, I only bought whole grain bread and whole wheat pasta. I started eating less mac & cheese and more fruits & veggies. He even got me to eat chicken! Needless to say, I reevaluated my eating habits and made some really positive changes. Since that fateful day, I have lost 30 pounds. Mostly without trying, and mostly in the last year and a half since I started eating more healthfully. One day I’ll post a before photo!
The latest thing I have done for my health is giving up wheat and other products containing gluten. The results have been AMAZING! After talking with my honey’s aunt (more on her in a future post because she’s awesome!), she really got me thinking about what I was putting into my body, what with all of the cookies and bread I was consuming on a daily basis…whoopsie! I started really taking notice of how my body would respond when I ate wheat products, and it wasn’t good. I was constantly bloated, tired all of the time and, more often than not, I was pretty moody and would get upset fairly easily, then stay mad for awhile! Not the most fun way to live, I tell ya.
In February 2011, I ate two pieces of toast after not having bread for a week or so and my honey and I got into an awful fight. I knew then that the wheat had to go. He and I hardly fight and I was getting so upset for something that wasn’t worth it. I can truly say that I have never felt better in my life! It was a tough switch given that I lived for a good hunk of French bread and my nickname used to be Carbo Queen. However, it has been the best thing I have ever done for myself. I am no longer bloated all of the time, and the change in my energy level and mood has been out of this world! I am so much happier and honestly feel like I’m finally the real me.
My belief on food now is that it should be as natural as possible and consumed as nature intended. That means I drink full fat milk, eat the skin on my baked chicken thighs, and don’t always drain my ground beef. I eat fresh fruits and veggies as often as possible, and I make most meals at home from fresh ingredients.
Eating healthy has truly made me much happier, which in turn has led me to live so much better than I ever thought possible.