I have struggled with extra weight on my body since I was a teenager. I wore mainly size 12/14 throughout high school and then after having two children 16 months apart, I had lost the weight. (I think mainly from chasing toddlers around the house). However, in 2003 I received whiplash from a roller coaster ride and became very ill. The weight slowly added back onto my petite frame. I went from a size 4/6 back to a 12/14. I was on several types of medication to deal with the pain I was going through, along with various other health issues I battled.
February 2010 there was a change in my life. I knew I could have a better way of living and I was going to do something about it. I changed my lifestyle with first doing an elimination diet. This was a way of detoxifying my body and finding allergens that set off bloating and water retention. I discovered that these two things were the major source of my weight gain. I had also learned that I had an allergy to gluten, corn, and eggs.
I have become practically a vegan. I eat fresh or frozen vegetables, brown rice and fish. I know that this sounds pretty boring. It was difficult to adapt at first but now I have found gluten friendly restaurants and know what I can and can’t eat. I am feeling amazing and my energy level has increased. I am able to exercise for 60 minutes which includes light weights. My skin is radiating! I no longer wear makeup foundation and I am always getting asked what have I done differently? I am always getting compliments on my skin and I contribute this to what I am eating. In addition to what I eat, I have taken out liquids that are toxic to my body as well. I treat myself with refreshing water daily and sometimes feel like I haven’t gotten enough.
How expensive fresh fruits and vegetables cost was an “excuse” I would hear about eating healthy. However, when I adhere to the “lifestyle” of eating, it really isn’t more expensive. I eat much less than what I did before because I don’t get carb cravings for junk food. I eat a normal serving of vegetables and fruit and find myself full. When weighing out how much I was spending in medicines monthly and visiting the doctor, I am actually spending less money!
We have only one body. You want to treat it well, nourish it then it will flourish. It is the only way. I realized that the only way for my body to look well on the outside, I had to ensure I was taking care of it on the inside.
I am no longer fighting the weight battle. I am comfortably wearing a size 6, looking younger and feeling younger. I am no longer filling my body with toxics like unneeded medications and foods that hurt me. I am becoming what I eat!
Realizing that the weight wasn’t just going to disappear was also a realization that I faced. I had put the pounds on over a couple of years, so it would also take time to exercise and become healthy looking as well.
My fibromyalgia symptoms have almost disappeared, weather still affects me causing sluggish moments but it no longer defines me.
Communicating with my family doctor has become an important task to keep me on track. I can’t stress how important this is for an individual’s well being.