Friday, October 20, 2017

From Paleo to Plant-Based: My Reawakening

I feel a strong sense of responsibility to tell you guys that going paleo has actually been very detrimental to my health. And I apologize for inspiring some of you to try it. 

I had been following the paleo diet since 2011. In 2015, I committed to my first Whole30, which is a strict version of paleo. Over the course of ten months, I lost about 30 pounds and everyone around me noticed. I was so excited and grateful because I thought I found the perfect diet. 

Yes I lost weight but what I didn’t mention was that I felt tired all the time and that I’ve been having serious gynecological issues, which have escalated over the last year or two. 

I was so convinced that paleo was the answer and the healthiest way to eat. But I’ve recently had a reawakening, which was sparked by an article I read by Cyrena Jacoby, Nutritional Therapist, which you can read here

In this article, Cyrena talks about the risks of consuming such high quantities of animal products, specifically relating to my health issue (ovarian cysts and other issues), but also relating to health in general. 

I was eating meat 3 or sometimes 4 times a day. I recently added cheese into the mix again, and my body has been struggling. 

I have also put some of the weight back on and I haven’t been able to lose it for over a year now, despite my biggest efforts. 

My jeans are tight but more importantly, my health issues have not been resolved even after multiple doctor visits and trying to tweak my paleo diet in a million ways. 

The paleo movement, and more recently the keto movement, are very misleading. 
Yes you can lose weight initially, but then you will stall because the body can’t thrive on this diet long term. 

Everything I am reading about the whole-food plant-based diet makes sense to me. I’ve been doing this for 9 days and I already feel better. I have more mental clarity, less anxiety, and overall I feel really good. 

It’s just the beginning. The true test will be to see if my medical issues clear up. And I have strong faith that they will!

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Immeasurable Rewards of Practicing Gratitude

You might knock the idea of “The Secret,” or the law of attraction, and it’s understandable. The movie was a flashy way of explaining to people how to get cars and houses and all kinds of material possessions. None of that really matters, and I don’t think that was the entire point of the movie. 

What I gained from the movie is that our thoughts are powerful. Our state of mind affects our experiences every single day. And the most important thing I’ve gained is a sense of empowerment, knowing that I can choose my own thoughts.

One major thing I learned that is life-changing, when applied, is the practice of gratitude. If you write down a list of ten things you are grateful for, every day, and why you feel grateful for them, you’ll generate a beautiful sense of well-being, and you’ll in turn create and experience more things to feel grateful for. That’s how it works! In the beginning, it will feel forced, unnatural, and maybe even like a chore. You’ll feel major resistance, but push through it in the beginning, because the rewards of doing a consistent gratitude practice are immeasurable! 

To take it further, start expressing gratitude towards the people in your life who you care about. Write hand-written thank you cards and give them to the people you’re grateful for. Take photographs of who and what you’re grateful for and describe exactly why you appreciate and enjoy every aspect of each one. 

Imagine how wonderful life can be when gratitude, appreciation, presence, enjoyment, and delight are part of your everyday experience of life! 

(photo by me!)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Beautiful Results of Practicing Gratitude

Some things that have been happening since I've been actively practicing gratitude:

As soon as I walked up to the pathway of my apartment building, the water sprinklers shut off. Usually, my legs and my bags get a good sprinkling of water!

I picked a slow express lane at the supermarket today, and I was starting to feel frustrated because the woman in front of me had a lot of stuff. But as soon as the cashier said hello to me, her lovely smile completely melted my frustration. She was so friendly and sweet, and 5 foot 10; only an inch shorter than me. I love meeting other tall women! Our interaction was so refreshing and delightful, and I realized I chose the perfect lane, and I realized rushing isn't everything!

Two things at work got repaired. A light fixture that had been out for about a month was finally working! And the tube for the microdermabrasion machine was replaced. The previous one was way too long and cumbersome, and it was also pretty clogged. The new one is easier to work with and so clean!

I thought of a friend I hadn't talked to in a while so I texted her to say hello. I then noticed how beautiful the sun was shining on the trees outside. I looked outside and noticed how beautiful the sunset was and I wanted to take a picture of it. As soon as I walked outside, she texted me a picture of the sunset view from her balcony! The timing was amazing.

My dad sent me a picture of a bright red cardinal that he saw in his backyard today! It elevated my entire day.

In general, I'm noticing that I have a little more energy, I'm not as frustrated, and my commute is not as draining. And it's easier to roll with things at work. And people seem friendlier.

I've been dealing with some health issues lately which cause me to feel really tired and unable to do some of my normal errands. But today I had a lot of energy and I was able to run two errands after work, which were both really pleasant experiences.

This feels like the beginning of a wonderful new chapter!

(photo by me)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Gratitude List

I haven't written a blog post in a very long time! I feel inspired to write a list of what I'm grateful for.

I am grateful that I finally joined Spotify and it is awesome!
I am so grateful that I did a 30 minute Barre workout tonight!
I am grateful that I also joined My Fitness Pal so I can track my workouts and feel a sense of accomplishment!
I am so grateful for spending time with good friends, laughing so much and being so present in the moment, totally savoring and enjoying every moment!
I am so grateful for great music
I am so grateful for beautiful weather
I am so grateful for the beautiful colors in my apartment!