This means nothing: no meat, no dairy, no oils (at least for the first week)…..Okay, I’m at a point in my life where I have to do something drastic. I’m over 40 (44 right now, to be exact) and the old saying that it’s easier to be struck by lightning than to lose weight over 40, I’ve found to be true, for me at least.
First of all, I’ll tell you who I am. I am a born again Christian, sold out to serving God. I feel like I should be a good testimony in all that I do, whether it be at church, or just going to the grocery store. It’s really weighed on my heart for a couple of years now that my body is not glorifying to God. I felt like I was trapped, though. I was tired, sore, and I have been finding it impossible to lose weight.
So, last week I saw Dr. Fuhrman on the Dr. Oz show. A lot of what he said rang true for me. More beans: okay, I can do that. No dairy: well, I have been doing that anyway because my body just doesn’t do well with me at all. I actually used to eat a lot like this back before I was married, although I did eat dairy; not a lot, but I did eat it. So, this is a bit of an adventure for me.
I guess I’ll back up a bit and chronicle what has brought me to this point. Well, I was always an active person until I had my second child. That’s when the pain started, sometimes crippling pain, but mostly just really annoying pain. The pain was everywhere yet it didn’t seem to have any rhyme or reason to it. I first went to the doctor when my oldest son was about 3 or 4 months old. I couldn’t even walk downstairs without having to sit down and just slide because my legs would hurt so much. I sometimes felt like I had a fever. The doctor tested me for rheumatic issues and it all came back negative. He offered to put me on pain medicine, which I declined. Two years later, I was pregnant with my second son. (by the way, I didn’t have any health issues after the birth of my daughter, my first born) I actually felt great while I was pregnant. I had no pain or problems. Then about 6 months after my third was born, the pain began again.
I cut dairy out of my diet and that helped a bit, but it didn’t do miracles. So, last spring (my youngest was 9 at this point), I was in a lot of pain. I tried many herbal remedies and different exercises, when I could exercise. I got desperate. As a last ditch effort, I decided to try going gluten free. I had heard that gluten can be inflammatory so I just thought it wouldn’t hurt to try it out. I didn’t have high hopes. Miracle of all miracles, within a week, I felt more energetic. Within two weeks, the pain was subsiding. Within a month, my digestive tract was working as it should.
So, I’ve been gluten free for a year now. My energy is much better and my digestive system works the way it should, but I still deal with pain issues, just not as bad as it was. I still haven’t been losing weight, though. I’ve been eating fairly clean, organic, watching what I eat and how much. The weight hasn’t come off like I thought maybe it would. Right now, I have no overt health issues. My cholesterol and blood pressure are in normal range. I don’t have any detectable health issues, just pain. Now I come to last week and seeing Dr. Fuhrman talk about the Eat to Live diet.
It’s time. It’s time to do something drastic. I bought the Eat to Live book on amazon.com on Friday and read through it Friday night and Saturday. Saturday night, I planned out my food for the week and today I went shopping for all of my groceries.
This is the stats I’m working with: I’m looking to lose, well, mega pounds. It seems a little daunting, but I know it can be done. My number one goal is to bring glory to God. From there down, my goals are to lose the weight and get control of the pain issues. I started this blog to keep myself accountable and maybe to encourage others on this journey, and most of all, to give God the glory.