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Leaving it all behind and taking strides toward a healthy life.


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I’ve joined forces with my mother, a wellness director, and moved this blog over to ForgettiSpaghetti.com.  Come join us there!  Follow the blog, leave a comment, and be well!  Thanks for following this blog and I hope you will continue to do so there!

Kate


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21 DSD – Preparation Phase

Wow it’s been awhile since I have posted on here. I was in a pretty good place last October. On the Whole30 plan and making the shift to paleo. Only major life happenings got in the way. Again. That’s like, inevitable. Yes?

Our household is not all on board with eating the same. Because of this, whenever I am battling cravings, there’s something bad there to satiate me. I am weak.

Another thing that happened is I allowed way too much stuff to enter my life. Since I stay at home and there’s not much for a photographer to do in the winter, I kept adding things to my plate. I let the holidays run me completely off course. And my battle with GI issues reached a head an I finally caved and went to a doctor. Who diagnosed me with IBS. Woohoo. I’m on medication that makes me dizzy AND blurs my vision. But maybe I needed all of this to get me here. Where I am finally ready to do something about my life again.

The first thing I did was cut down on the commitments. Instead of being a jack of all trades, but master of none, I want to focus on one thing and really pour myself into it. I haven’t narrowed it down completely, but I have cut a lot out that, while worthwhile, was really bogging me down and stressing me out.

Last year I lost 30 pounds. Yay me, right? Except I lost that all by August, and then reached a point of stagnation. While my health was on the back burner, I really found myself growing spiritually. I really believe that I need to be healthy and not fatigued. That total growth includes it all, and they all work together to make us better people.

So, I’ve gained about six pounds of that 30 back. I’m having intestinal cramping, bloating, and many other terrible GI issues, major brain fog, pain in my joints, irritability, fatigue, and depression. I’ve decided to combat this naturally, and I’m laying it all there to see where I started.

I’m in the preparation phases of the 21 Day Sugar Detox. First step, kick the sugar addiction. Which is so, so, so bad. Next step will be shifting primal or paleo. I haven’t decided on the dairy issue yet. I know I don’t need it, that it makes me bloat and I feel better without it, but it’s my crutch right now and I’m going to do this one step at a time.

I’ve been pinning recipe to Pinterest like crazy and I’ve made my grocery list. After JD’s bday celebration Monday, we will be diving in. I’m excited! And I totally need your support!


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A planned day of epic fails (and other random life happenings).

What is going on today.

Today is JD’s and my nine year anniversary, and we have decided to completely indulge in the crappiest of food.  Two reasons for this.  1) to get it out of our system…a last hoorah of sorts.  2) to kind of make ourselves feel the food.  To feel that it is not good for our bodies and that it doesn’t make us feel well.  We are having a favorite dinner casserole from the past, we had pizza for lunch.  Pepperoni with tons of cheese.  Yum.  Cinnamon roll with coffee for breakfast…probably my favorite part!  And cookies for dessert tonight.  I’m a huge fan of cookies.  I really love them.  I love packaged cookies, bakery cookies, making cookies.  When I make them they are dairy free, sometimes egg free, and made with much less sugar and whole wheat flour.  Of course, none of that will be happening after this weekend.  Monday we are starting the Whole30 program, and we are very committed to being successful with it.  Might be blogging a lot more to vent about it…I KNOW it is going to be very hard for me.  I am the worst one of our family….so addicted to sugar.  It happened slowly, from around June or July till now.  But I just binge on it sometimes.

I can probably just blame everything on a condition.

I also have found out that a condition of mine has a symptom of feeling hungry all the time, no matter how much you eat.  This happens to me about one week a month.  And no, this isn’t normal pms or something.  I have poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and it affects hormones and insulin production.  I’ve also been diagnosed with insulin resistance in the past.  I was on medication when I had C, and since then I haven’t needed any.  And I don’t want any.  But I know that if I continue my eating habits, I could get back into feeling lethargic, fatigued, hungry all the time, and depressed.  I can control it with my lifestyle, and I don’t want to be on diabetic medication just to control it if it isn’t actually necessary.  I definitely don’t want to get diabetes.  Just another motivating factor here!

On the running front.

Running and eating well put me back into a good healthy cycle, I could feel the difference it made.  Since I fell on my butt again last week, I can’t run right now, and it is so frustrating.  But at the same time, it gives me a chance to just focus on healthy eating first and foremost, and I should get the chance to get back into running before winter hits.  I’m hoping I either somehow love running in the cold (which I don’t think is good for asthma but if I am in shape it might not be an issue?) or can find an indoor track in Omaha somewhere to run through the winter.  I don’t want to stop and wait.  How frustrating!  JD did say that he used to have a rowing machine…hoping that is still around.  I could stand to do that instead of run if I had to.  And, just throwing it out there, the best thing of all would be to swim…..oh I wish I could afford the cost and the time it takes to swim everyday.  I love it so much.  But alas, you do what you can with what you have.

T minus 3 days and counting….

This weekend we are going camping.  Partly as a celebration of our anniversary and because we had the chance to get away from the kids, and partly because camping is awesome.  A lot of my cousins will be there and we always have a lot of fun.  My family is fabulous.  So that is one of the reasons we are waiting until Monday to start our thirty days of awesome/hellish eating fun times.  Our last hoorah will include probably alcohol, awesome camp food, and smores galore.  And just so you know, we aren’t doing this to lose weight, although we are looking forward to that side effect.  We want to be healthy.  With our random health issues, we truly believe that nutrition is the key to being healthy in most situations, and that we have that completely in our control.  Check out HAES for more on that.  I’ll go into that more sometime, probably as we get into the program, because I will need to remind myself (ha) and it is really good information for, you know, human kind.

 


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Whole30 in ONE WEEK. Oh crap.

I’m getting my mind in the right condition, and I’m kind of scared crapless about it.  I am usually one to impulsively jump into things, and so I wanted to make sure and know that this is something that we definitely want to do.  It will take a lot of commitment to stay on the Whole30 Program for a whole thirty days.  If you are wondering what it is…basically, it is a 30 day plan in which you cut out:

  • legumes (including peanuts, soy, and all beans)
  • all dairy
  • all grains (even quinoa and other nutritious grains)
  • all sugar and sugar substitutes (except naturally occurring sugars in fruits and veggies)
  • alcohol
  • white potatoes (basically your body treats it like starch and sugar, despite some good nutrients)
  • additives (duh) like MSG and sulfites

So what do you eat then?  Lean meats, lots of veggies, and fruits.  Cashews and seeds are okay.  There’s some fine print about what you can and can’t eat, and it can all be found on the Whole30 website.  There are free pdf’s of helpful information and guides for shopping and what to have on hand.  This is the free part.  There’s also a book, which I am halfway through reading.

Our family is addicted to sugar.  Totally addicted to grains and dairy (except E who drinks almond milk).  I know it will be a big adjustment.  Since E doesn’t eat soy or dairy, it won’t be too hard on him.  We still aren’t sure how we will still incorporate grains into our kids’ diets, because I don’t think we can cut it all out just like that for them.  And with C we are only going to give her organic milk to drink and let her have her cottage cheese, which she probably couldn’t live without.  She would eat it for every meal if we let her.  As for JD and I, we are going to have it rough, I know, for a couple weeks.  But it is so totally worth it.  This program isn’t about eating this way forever.  It’s 3o days.  A friend of mine says, “I can do anything for _____ amount of time.”  So we can do anything for 30 days.  And in the middle, we will start to get so much energy and feel really great and remember that it is JUST FOOD.  While it is nice to enjoy a meal and indulge sometimes, it is easy to start to do it all the time.  To get, basically, gluttonous.  For me, I need a challenge like this.  No cheating…not even one time, so our bodies can heal and our minds can focus.  No faking.  No pale0-desserts that are technically “okay.”  Because in reality, you are still in the old mindset of eating sweets after meals and thinking you need it or want it and it is ok to always indulge.  For us, this is about changing our mindset and really engaging in a healthy lifestyle.  We did really well for about 5 months eating whole foods and exercising.  But slowly, we got off track.  Our lives got more stressful and we let that distract us.  A healthy body and mind are linked, you can’t have one without the other.  So we are ready and willing, and next Monday, we start our new eating plan with the hopes that it will get us into the correct mindset for us, for eating well and thinking the right way about food and its place in our lives.

I would love to know if there is anyone else out there that has done this program or is doing it now.  Comment below!


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Some Encouraging Stuff

When I first started this journey, I think it was right around January 20…Jon’s bday.  While my whole family has definitely benefitted from it, I am the one who has really bought into it all.  The food, the exercise, the state of mind it takes.  Finally, this time, it took with me.  I’m not sure what the difference was.  Maybe it was because of my son…for that I am actually grateful for his food intolerances.  So I thought I’d document where I was and where I am at now, for posterity’s sake…HA!  How about just so I don’t forget, hmm?

When I was in high school and the first couple years after, I weighed from 167-177lbs.  It fluctuated a lot.  When I lived in Omaha for a year, the same time I met Jon, I was the lightest I had been and have been since…in my adult life.  (Hopefully that will change soon though!)

At the end of January, I weighed 203lbs.  It was almost a year after having E, and I weighed a little more than I did when I had him.  That was not ok.  Also the fact that I had gone over 200 and had been sitting there for awhile…not ok with me.
I wore a size 14 in pants, with a nice muffin top spilling out, and a seriously jiggly lardo post baby tummy that had not gotten any smaller or tighter since my two pregnancies.
I had big old jumbo boobs.  I know…nice way of putting it.  Some would say they were nice…but they actually just felt ginormous to me.  40D or 40DD, depending on the brand.  Those mixed with my flabby, wide arms and natural broad shoulders made me feel like a linebacker pretty much all the time.
I was starting to get rolls where I had never had them before.

After changing our diet, I lost 20lbs in about two months.  I was able to get a couple of size 10 jeans…totally amazing!  Then I just sat there for awhile.  I think I even gained a little back as I had a little love affair with Casey’s cheese pizza pretty much all throughout April and part of May.  I felt like it was a reward, that if I ate super healthy, I could indulge every now and then.  While I still feel that it is ok to indulge, it is NOT ok to give myself food rewards!

I started to run on May 12.  I was very motivated by one of my best friends, who was starting to ride her awesome new bike all the time.  Well I don’t have a bike, and while I would LOVE one, I’m not ready to unload a massive amount of cash for one, and I don’t want a crapper.  So what could I do?  I needed to do something.  So I downloaded the free C25K app on my iPhone and started running.  Since then, I have lost 10 more pounds.  For a total of 30lbs.  Now my size 10’s are getting big, and I had to make a new whole in my belt to hold them up.  I’m making myself wait until this fall to get new pants because it’s so freaking hot I probably won’t wear them much anyway.  (side note: I HATE Nebraska summers!)  I’ve had a couple of times where I’ve stalled out a bit.  This didn’t start out as a way to lose weight, really.  I just needed time to myself, I just wanted to eat healthy.  But now, I am finding new motivation to get smaller.  My entire life, I believed the lie that I could never be thin or fit.  Now, I am finding the reality of healthy living, and looking, to be a life changing thing.  And as you fix one area of your life, everything else starts to fall into place too.  Not that it doesn’t take work, but you want to do that work.  So that’s where I am.  And where I’ve been.  It’s pretty encouraging, to me anyway.


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Unseen Consequences of Drastically Changing Your Diet

Last night I had something strange happen to me. I was putting my son down, sitting in a dark room rocking him, and I felt like I could barely see. I knew it was dark, but it was more than that. Later, I was editing photos, and the same thing happened. It was vague, so I couldn’t tell exactly what was going on.

When Jon came home from work, we sat down to watch an episode of “New Girl” before bed, and by the end of the show, I felt like I could barely see. It was like pins and needles, but with my vision instead of a sensation. That’s the only way I know to describe it.

I did have a headache, only the last 30 minutes of the night. Otherwise, I felt fine. It was just plain and simple, strange.

Now obviously I am stressed. We are completely changing our lifestyle, all while moving to a new house. But I haven’t felt overloaded. I talked to Jon and a nursing friend, and they both said it sounded like a migraine. A migraine? Sure I’ve had a small handful in my lifetime, but it was always blinding pain, sensitivity to light and noise…I didn’t even have a headache when it started. Upon further research, I think they’re right. My body is going through detox. I have been eating sooo well, but that means that I have cut a lot of chemicals and genetically modified food out of my diet. Cold turkey. I’ve felt great, and I have had no desire to go back. But my body feels differently. I guess this is just something I wish I was aware of when I started this new change. I did a lot of research, and never saw that this can happen. Until I looked specifically for it. I wouldn’t have changed my mind, I still believe that doing this is the best thing for my family and me. But at least I wouldn’t have been freaking out at midnight wondering if I was doing something wrong, eating too much or too little of something, and losing my vision. Yes, I am a freak. But that’s why you’ll come to love me. 😀

But seriously….know that this is possible. If you are just looking for information about whole, vegan, raw, or even just organic foods, know your body is dependent on what you are eating now. For me, it is showing me how incredibly bad most food really is. If my body can feel this way, and my brain can hurt and spaz out like that just from eating differently….wow. I can’t get over that. My body was dependent on chemicals. And I didn’t eat that poorly…I mean, I tried to be healthy. I ate a lot of dairy, a good chunk of processed foods…but all whole grains and mostly only lean meat. It just doesn’t matter. It’s all packed with junk. Crap. Horrible stuff.

And I am SO over it.