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Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year but same great attitude

One of my by new years goals was to find happiness in "the little things".  Often times I would go to an event and only think about the food, when we were going to eat etc. I often missed out on enjoying conversation with people, or enjoying atmosphere. When my mind was not full of thoughts of food I found that I had a much better time wherever I was.  A large portion of the credit for this new found ability really has to do with gluten. Gluten? what does gluten have to do with happiness? I think I was always hungry because my body craved what I shouldn't have...sugar and wheat.  It was a highly addictive drug, especially if they were combined together.  It would consume my thoughts and drive my actions. I just needed another bite!
Some theories for these cravings hypothesize that because you may not tolerate certain foods your body releases feel good chemicals when you eat them to mask the intolerance.  That would account for the horrible withdrawal I had when I gave up gluten cold turkey. It was worse than when I cut sugar out of my diet. I was highly apathetic and depressed. Also the fatigued was like nothing else I had experienced.  I felt like I was moving through glue. After about a week it was like a switch was flipped and I felt great. Better than great. Amazing. Joyous, and energized.  Nothing could make me go back now.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Clean Eating & Gluten Free Emily

I find that since my lifestyle is relatively new (to me) I often find myself explaining what I eat in detail meal by meal to many curious people. I thought why not blog about my journey as it is somewhat out of the ordinary, but not all that strange. What I do eat: really good food. I try to focus on what I can eat, not on what I can't eat although sometimes there is just no replacement for the gluten filled version I grew up on.  I have noticed during the holidays it can be especially hard.  I don't ever think that suffering and "cheating" is worth it though.  I cannot explain the difference inside of me now that I have said goodbye to wheat, barley and rye.  I have so much more energy!
Sometimes people ask me what do you eat for a snack? It is a great question because it astounds me every day how much wheat the average person can consume in a day. Starting with morning cereal or a bagel. I often eat baked tortilla chips with salsa, fruit with nut butter, nuts with some almond milk or veggies, hummus and veggies, or I make a smoothie from some frozen fruit.

My By New Years Resolutions

I have a few goals with this new year, I used to make resolutions but they never stuck. I read that if you want to accomplish a goal you need to figure out why you are changing and draw from that to help you make your change.  In April of this year I was honestly just sick of being fat. I could use a PC term, but fat is what I was and how I felt. I was in Atlanta visiting friends and it was a glorious weekend. It was sunny and warm with temperature of about 70 degrees.  It was still cold where I am from at the time so the warmth was a foreign thing after a long cold winter.  I should have been happy, but I wasn't. I was anxious, sad and felt like I had an 80 pound monkey on my back. I in a sense did have a monkey on my back, in the form of excess weight.
I was reading a book by Gretchen Rubin that week, titled "The Happiness Project". It is a simple book with easy to follow changes you can make in your life. It made me think about what I wanted and how I could get it.  I wanted to lose weight, but more than that I wanted to feel energized and alive without the anxiety that accompanied my food obsession.  I started with my "by new years resolutions".
I wanted to lose weight, but I wanted that to be byproduct of what I had changed in my life.  I wanted to choose the path that I felt I was destined for... and oh yes by the way look at that, I lost all of this weight! I think I am on the right path now and throughout my blog I will tell you how I got there.