Sugar Blues…

September 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

A couple of weeks ago, my doctor told me I have to cut out refined processed grains, gluten, and ALL sugar.  Now, granted, I have been on a journey toward purging refined and processed foods from my life, period, but I have had the TOUGHEST time giving up pastries, cookies, muffins, ice cream… ugh.  I CRAVE them, you see. Like crack.

But I’m exhausted all the time (falling asleep at the wheel=NOT GOOD) and constantly sore and achy in all my joints, and my blood tests confirm what my body has been trying to tell me.  I’m a wreck!

Despite the best of intentions in moving my diet into a more Weston A Price style of eating, I have continued to let in the little things that have been undermining my health; namely sweets and industrial foods, and a lot more eating out than is good for my waist or my wallet.  So now I’ve got to get radical, and cut it ALL out.  I have to start cooking and eating the way I know how, but have been neglecting.

Sugar, especially the overly processed chemical stuff that is in everything, is so insidious and pervasive.  It’s like in Song of Solomon 2:15, “…the little foxes that are ruining the vineyard…”   Every little bit chips away at your health from the inside out, causing your body to stop absorbing the minerals it needs, disrupting hormonal balances, throwing off insulin levels and leading to all kinds of health issues, from tooth decay, to obesity, to death!   Speaking of tooth decay, did you realize it’s not the sugar ON your teeth that leads to cavities, but the sugar in your system that leads to cavities?

Anyway, I’ve switched to stevia for a lot of things, and am trying to cut out all the stuff I’ve known better about all along, but just couldn’t seem to put down.  The doc wants me to go on the Body Ecology Diet, but that’s something I really have to ease into. The author advises 80% veggies and 20% proteins or grains, and I just don’t now how to eat that many vegetables!

For now, my best bet is to just cut the sugar, refined flour and other little things I have been letting slide.  Baby Steps.  Whole, unrefined, unprocessed, unadulterated foods from earth to plate are the way to go, lots of grass-fed animal fats and proteins, and loads of cultured and fermented foods and beverages are the basis for a healthy diet, and I thankfully already have those n place.

Now to purge the poisons!

Reboot

May 12, 2010 § 9 Comments

Lately, I’ve been thinking about rebooting my life. I’d love to reboot my house– I thought I was doing that when I moved, but it turned out that I merely moved the mess and clutter from one house to the next– there was no real clean slate.

If I could get it down to a clean, organized home– no clutter lurking in some out of sight room, or stuffed unceremoniously in the attic, then I think I could progress in that vein. As it stands, I am drowning in my own home, and have virtually no safe places to set down the baby and let her roam and explore. I am trying to overcome it one step at a time, but at these levels it is impossible on my own. I hate it. I need a reboot.

I’ve decided to try PartyLite again, since I made money last time, but not as much as I think I could and this time I am coming at it with greater determination, and the the knowledge that we need my paycheck. So, Business Reboot.

Similarly, I need a health reboot. Since I had the baby, I have gained 20 lbs. Apparently, the sweet tooth I developed in my last trimester decided to move in and set up housekeeping. It’s my biggest area of weakness, and so difficult to overcome. I am dealing with hypothyroidism to begin with so weight is going to be a struggle, but daily sabotaging myself with pecan sticky buns is hardly helpful.

Health Reboot

I should be bald in no time…

January 20, 2010 § 6 Comments

This morning, I brushed my hair back out of my face with my hand. And came away with a handful of hair. Ugh. I’ve hit that point postpartum where my strong pregnancy nails and lush pregnancy hair are now defeated. My fingernails, which grew at a phenomenal rate during and for several months after my pregnancy now barely grow and break like … things that break really easily. :-/

Meanwhile, my hair has decided to part with my scalp like so many rats from a sinking ship. My scalp is clearly visible through what remains. Bleh. And my shower drain is sloooooow, despite my best efforts to harvest the little deserters before they can make their escape into the sewer. grr. My hair is fleeing to the ocean, and I cannot stop it.

I ate a cream filled donut for breakfast. 😦 The worst part is that it was old and stale. It is imperative that I break this sugar addiction. I crave it like smack. Just shoot straight powdered sugar up my veins and I couldn’t be happier. I think I may need to take 12 Steps back from sugar. For serious. I can’t stop eating sweets, and I’ve gained so much of my pre-pregnancy weight back that once loose jeans are now tight and uncomfortable. So discouraging.

I’m combating this poor choice with a chicken sandwich made with my homemade bread, mayo, pastured chicken, organic baby carrots and a tall glass of raw dairy. I feel my body thanking me.

I was inspired to write a PotC drabble for blackpearlsails this morning. The muse doesn’t often strike, but the imagery was so compelling and clear, I had to run with it. If only I could run with this week’s topic for therealljidol, Run, Don’t Walk.

Still thinking on that.

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Now playing: Steven Curtis Chapman – Lord Of The Dance (Abbey Road Version)
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HFCS: A Sweet Surprise indeed

September 14, 2008 § 12 Comments

Has anyone else seen the commercials circulating lately promoting High Fructose Corn Syrup?

Each commercial basically has the same script. Person one is offering a beverage or food item which contains HFCS, and person two makes a dubious comment as to person one’s character for even offering such poison. To which person one innocently inquires what that person could possibly mean. The ensuing conversation goes thusly:

P2: Well, you know what they say…
P1: What? That High fructose corn syrup is made from corn? That it has the same calories as sugar or honey, and that it’s fine in moderation?

The two look at each other as P2 squirms uncomfortably. Then P2 either accepts the offered substance or changes the subject abruptly.

And scene.

The end of the commercial directs folks to “get the facts” at the website Sweet Surprise, a lovely bit of propaganda from the corn growers lobby, apparently.

Here’s some facts, and why these commercials burn me up so much. First of all, they make the consumer seem completely uninformed, as if people are avoiding HFCS for unknown and stupid reasons. Like sheep, all folks who have opted not to put a chemically created sweetener in their bodies are only doing so because of some vague unsubstantiated fear, and are incapable of independent thought or research to know why they don’t want to do that.

Let’s look at the “facts” that this commercial claims to be espousing.

Just the facts, ma’am

Raw Milk: an Essay

September 4, 2008 § 6 Comments

For many months now, I have have been educating myself on nutrition, health, natural foods and many many other things. I didn’t realize how much I had really taken in until a poster on a forum I belong to asked the question, “Why raw milk? Won’t you get sick?”

To which I replied the following:

Milk; it does the body good! or DOES it???

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