Like many women, I’ve been on the diet roller coaster at some point.
You know the one….up, down and repeat. Sometimes I hear screams, or feel like I’m stuck at the bottom of a deep, deep pit; other times, it rewards and brings thrills. It’s not boring, that’s for sure.
Since January, 2010, I’ve been focusing on nutrition and health. It’s not that I have any chronic diseases or illnesses to worry about. It’s just that I’m getting older and I really would like to have a high quality of life. I don’t want to end up with heart disease or cancer (both have been in my family).
I know that genetics plays only a small role in most health issues. There’s a saying these days: Genetics loads the gun, but what your lifestlye pulls the trigger.
I’d rather not encourage the shooting of those bullets!
Lifestyle includes many factors such as our diet, our consumption of alcohol or other drugs (caffeine, tobacco, pharmaceuticals), our quality of sleep and our level of exercise. The biggest factor, based on what I’ve learned is the quality of our diet.
We need to put more of the good stuff into our bodies and WAY less of the bad stuff.
My interest in nutrition started when I read The China Study by T, Colin Campbell. Actually, the seed was planted WAY back in the early 1990’s after reading Diet for a New America by John Robbins, but that’s another story.
After reading The China Study, I was convinced that a whole-foods, plant-based (WFPB) diet was the path to optimal health. I still believe it. The only problem was that I couldn’t seem to pull it off right away. I went 6 months eating this way, and I didn’t know a lot about how to eat in a way that was tasty and varied. Then, the ups and downs began.
No matter what I tried or what my successes and failures were, I ALWAYS came back to seeing WFPB eating as the ideal way to go. This means no processed foods (which includes no added oils or sugars). For me, this also means eating a diet low in fat. Although there are many delicious good fats (nuts, seeds, avocados, olives), ideally, I want to go very easy on them because I’m still on my journey, of losing weight and getting healthy.
I’ve had great success eating a plant-based diet. I’ve gone as long as seven months in a row, without eating any dairy, eggs or meat of any kind (beef, chicken, seafood etc.). That was from January to July in 2017.
I’ve had other periods of varied successes eating a clean whole-foods, plant-based diet. I’ve been learning, and I have finally figured out what to do and what works! My goal now is to use apply all the knowledge I have to my daily life and thinking.
In April, 2018, I completed my…
Yay! I am so excited to have achieved this certificate. It’s been a goal of mine for a few years now.
Having knowledge is useful, and it helps us make decisions that are right for us. We need more than knowledge, however. We also need to look at our attitudes, our self-talk and our actions.
When I’ve fallen off the plant wagon in the past, I’ve been hard on myself. Toward the end of 2017, however, I gained a new perspective.
Our busy lives and careers can pull us off our journey to success. Whether our intended path leads to healthy living, or to sparking our creativity, or to pursuing a dream career or to nurturing our relationships…life can get in the way.
It’s impossible to do it all. It’s impossible to stay at a steady pace on whatever path(s) we’re on. Obstructions block our way. Distractions litter our journey Sometimes a path seems to just disappear. We’re constantly moving along multiple pathways, but maybe… the secret to getting closer to success is to focus on one at a time.
I took some time to look within and paid close attention to my mental health. Work stress was at play. I’m so grateful for some helpful conversations with family, friends and a counselor. Combined with some research and a heart-to-heart with myself, it paid off! I can now focus on the next path.
What’s truly ideal for me?
My goal is to continue to strive toward eating a whole foods plant-based diet, as much as possible. I’m not 100% plant-based. I am about 90%. My goal is to eat as little processed foods as possible and to eliminate or greatly reduce the consumption of oil. Sugar and salt are not big issues for me, but I also want to keep an eye on those.
My goal is to share my successes AND my failures. It’s easy to see the images of “perfection” everywhere online. My hope is to help others who struggle with eating healthier. I want those of us who struggle to know we’re not alone, and that we should never give up the fight for health or give up on ourselves.
My goal for this blog is to share and connect with other people seeking health. I’ve learned so much about the WHY and HOW of eating well, that I also hope to help others make progress along their own health or weight-loss journeys.
Above all, this is a journey. I began this blog in August, 2013. It has morphed over time, and will continue to do so.
Wishing you health and success on your journey,
Updated July 10, 2018