|Me & my cousin Ronnie on my 28th birthday, a much thinner me :)|
I have fought being overweight my entire life. In my 20's I lost a bunch of weight. It was easy, I was young. I looked great , I felt great, but I was always hungry. It was horrible. I have been on a diet of some sort on & off all my life, I have been to a nutritionist, I have joined a gym, been to exercise classes. When I turned 30 it became harder to keep the pounds off, 40 was worse, never mind turning 50! I finally decided enough was enough, dieting causes me anxiety, seriously ...I couldn't take the stress & pressure & that is what it felt like. The pressure from people to keep going, keep trying, "but you look so good" they'd say. All the time I just felt hungry & miserable :(
The weight has been creeping on for the past few years, especially around my middle. This year I have felt worse then ever, like a slug. An unhappy , fat slug. I still did not want to diet however , I just couldn't take it.
At the end of April I went to a Fibromyalgia information talk at the library. It was put on by a chiropractor, I blogged about it. I decided I should actually see a chiropractor, do something for myself. I have been going for a month, I can't say I feel any better .....yet. It took me 50 yrs to get my spine this way, improvement won't be fast. Today my lower back is really sore, like I want to cry if I bend over sore. It sucks.
Anyway, earlier in the month Liz & I travelled to Medicine Hat together. She mentioned that she & her husband started on this eating program that was proven to reduce inflammation in the body. I was intrigued as Liz said it has helped Andy with his sore back. I researched it more & I liked what I read. I thought to myself that I was already going to a chiropractor , so why not go a step further & see if healthy eating could also help. I decided to give it a month, what could it hurt, & I can do anything for a month.
You probably have figured it out, but I am following the Wheat Belly book. You remove all grains & wheat from your diet. I was shocked to learn where wheat is hiding, in salad dressing & licorice for instance.
I have been on it pretty strictly for 2 weeks now. I have cheated occasionally & felt crappy, really crappy! I can tell you I am not hungry..at all! I feel comfortable all the time, is this what normal people feel like? It is amazing to not be hungry, to always be wanting to eat.
I plan to stick with it, as long as I can anyway, no pressure on myself. I stopped weighing myself years ago & don't plan on it now. I will know if I have lost any weight according to how my clothes feel.
I am excited & feel better then I have in a very long time, in any case it won't hurt me to eat healthy for awhile.