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Random 5 Friday – home parties, epiphanies and chick-chats

It’s Friday and I’m happy about that because there’s something particularly challenging about slogging through a January work-week.  Lack of sunlight, yes, but I’m convinced all those new year, new budget cycle spreadsheets and projects have something to do with it, too.  OK – so here goes:

1  **Language warning**  but this made me laugh and snort my coffee:

quit eating shitty food

2 Home parties?  Hate them.  This is the time of year (long winter, folks are bored, I get that) that I get a bunch of invites to parties selling stuff I have no interest in.  Carrying stuff.  Crafting stuff.  Cleaning stuff.  Jewelry stuff. More. Stuff.  I have enough stuff. I don’t even like the stuff I have.  I don’t want more. Make it stop.

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Almost as painful as those stupid shower games!

3   Had a lab follow-up appt with my Doctor yesterday.  This was to compare lab results from November to now.  My total cholesterol is  down 22pts, blood sugars are down 20 (not pre-diabetic but hovered close to it), Vit D is up, Thyroid stabilized (on meds ) and the best part was my Doc saying “I see no reason to change what you’re doing, it’s obviously working for you!” – Also – no recent resp infections (I had 5 last winter!). On the Wheat Belly way of eating I’ve shrunk – lost 10 lbs, 11″ and all BODY ACHES + chronic pain and inflammation.  I’m eating yummy real foods and today marks my 25th Day … not going back.

Picture on the Left taken Dec 29th, picture on right taken Jan 27th!   ( My motivation to change here:  Sisters don’t need words )

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I’ve got some sass in my stance now! 🙂  An Emjayandthem (C) photo

 

20 days!

20 days!! and Emjayandthem (C) photo

4 Had a wonderfully hilarious soul-fulfilling afternoon with a dear friend this past week (the day that picture above was taken).  We laughed and talked and laughed again. We commiserated, strategized, supported and plotted.  I don’t know many like her – maybe 3 – and when I get the opportunity to be with her my soul sings.    I see the possibilities.  I realize that this is what I yearn for – a pal and a confidante who knows full well that the worst decisions always make the best stories and that a few hours of “chick-chat” can beat years of therapy.  Here’s to soul-sisters and great friends!

Good Friends

 

5  Something else happens when you finally put yourself on that stupid “to-do” list you’ve been carrying forever:  you become a little kinder.  To yourself. You start to appreciate all the nonsense your poor body has tolerated because of your choices over all these years.  And when it quietly whispers “thank you” and begins to function again as it was designed to do you catch yourself in a puddle of tears -tears of gratitude for what’s to come.

my body my friend

 

And how was your week?

 

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How not fine we are

You know that old saying about how you never know what you’ve lost till it’s gone?  Or left? Or something like that?

I didn’t realize how bad I felt until I didn’t.

Seriously.

This is what I felt like before starting the Wheat Belly way of eating 15 days ago.  Slogging though, getting it done, barely living.

sleepy-kitten-cute-kittens-9835304-450-301This is how I feel today.

peeking kitten

I wake before my alarm. I come home from work with energy to spare.  No longer am I just slogging through.

alert kitten

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15 days. 7.5 lbs.

Inches lost.

Inflammation – gone.

Body softly whispering “Thank you.”

Muffin Face has left the building ~ someone else has taken her place and she’s feeling just fine!

 

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“Sometimes, though, we let ourselves get so used to being ‘fine’ that we lose track of how ‘not fine’ we are.”  – ― Martina Boone, Compulsion

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Good-bye, muffin face

I’m the daughter of a grain farmer. We grew wheat, oats, and barley on our family farm in Saskatchewan. Home-made bread was part of every meal growing up (lucky us).  Mom could stretch the meal with bread and butter, and I know we weren’t alone.  Sauces thickened with flour, baked goods welcomed us home from school, we started our mornings with porridge.   All healthy, right?

And I was a pretty healthy kid – energetic, bright and talkative.  Rarely sick, I’d catch the junk going around at school – Chicken Pox, Stomach Flu, you name it. Flash forward 45 years – my weight started to creep up, I often had the sniffles and regularly succumbed to respiratory infections.  My joints ached.  Out of nowhere my elbows starting hurting.  I became used to it.

Flash forward to my 50s, I felt like I hit a wall.  With my face. Weight loss was incremental and short-lived. My body ached for no reason whatsoever.  I’d go through bursts of energy/feeling good, working out, eating “right,” including “heart-healthy” whole grains.   Then I’d hit a point of complete and utter exhaustion.

My Pharmacist suggested Thyroid medication and that’s helped – somewhat – but still — right before Christmas, I woke up one morning to muffin face.  That tired-puffy-you look like h*ll moment.  Worse yet, I felt it.  Going up and down stairs became painful. My wrists started to ache.  I was restless at night.  I was running on empty.

Like many of you I’ve counted points on Weight Watchers, I’ve choked down Nutrisystem, I’ve taken over-the-counter metabolism boosters, I’ve followed Atkins and here’s what happened: I was cranky, hungry and annoyed.  I like to cook, I like real foods, and pre-packaged junk just isn’t my idea of a meal.

So here’s what I did.  I read and I read and I read and I read.  I watched a PBS special featuring Cardiologist Dr. William Davis talk about what happens to your body when you remove all grains.  I had purchased his book “Wheat Belly” 2 years ago and never read it.  I read it.  Then I bought “Wheat Belly Total Health,” and I read that, too.    On December 20th I bought his newest book, “Wheat Belly 10-day grain detox.”  I read that too, only this time with a highlighter.

On January 3rd I took the picture on the left at 6pm at night. I started detox Jan 4th and the 2nd picture was taken yesterday morning.  10 days.  I felt a difference in 3.   My skin is happy and less inflamed.  My face literally shrunk. I lost 5.5 lbs and more than an inch off my waist (!).  My eyes are brighter. I sleep like a tree fell.  Detox is hard – your body is so used to grains/carbs/sugar that it will fight you for what it wants.  But after about 4 days I found I was longer a chip-aholic. I no longer planned my dinners around what I could snack on later.  After 6 days I rarely felt hunger and my joints no longer ached.  With Wheat Belly you eat real, delicious, yummy food.  REAL – not out of a wrapper or box.   I’ve made Fettucine Alfredo with spiraled Zuchini noodles instead of Pasta.  I had given up eating that type of food because I always felt awful afterwards.   LOW-fat is a no-no on this way of eating – healthy fats are in (olive oil, coconut oil, avocados).

My first picture is me living on grilled chicken in a “healthy” whole wheat wrap, eating whole oats for breakfast and sipping a light beer at night.  My second is me eating Salmon seared in coconut oil, sauteed vegetables and grain free cheesecake with a glass of wine! No, I am not kidding.   The transformation I see is from existing to living!

 

My 10 day detox results - an Emjayandthem (C) photo

My 10 day detox results – an Emjayandthem (C) photo

 

I share my muffin face with all of you — to encourage you.  Maybe, like me, you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. Maybe your weight is “stuck,” too.  Maybe you want to try something for 10 days just to see if you can.  You can.  If I can do it, you can too.

Now on to the rest of my life – feeling wonderful and saying adios to muffin face! 🙂

  • for more visit Dr. Davis’ website http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/  or you can find the official “Wheat Belly” site on Facebook — packed with information, tips and success stories.

 

 

 

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