By now, I have gone through a full female cycle of clean eating. Overall, I have definitely noticed an improvement in my health, and these improvements far exceed the amount of sacrifice in making this transition. Here is a summary of my first month:
Well, as I suspected, I am now in my PMDD window, thus making if very difficult to deal with cravings. I did much better, last week, than I would have had I not transitioned to a cleaner approach to eating. However, my cravings are so severe during this time, that I want nothing to do with plain fruit nor boring vegetables. My mouth literally salivates for salt, sugar, chocolate, grease, and CARBS! At times, things can get ugly.
I really enjoy getting dolled up and going out. I do NOT do this often which is probably why I enjoy it so much. Whenever I have a special occasion, such as a wedding, I appreciate having a reason to spend a little extra time doing things I don’t normally do.
Good news. I’m still going! Eating mainly fruits, veggies, fish, legumes, nuts, and organic chicken or beef. However, I did need to make an important modification.
Well, of course week two was a bit more challenging than week one. I had one night that I splurged on Key Lime Pie (Scott and I were out for dinner), but aside from that I stuck to my essential clean foods: fruits, veggies, nuts, legumes, and organic meats & fish.
On February 22nd, 2014, Scott and I met our friends, Tina & Rob, in Miami Florida, one night prior to sailing to the Western Caribbean, for 6 nights on the Carnival Breeze. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our 5th Anniversary with lots of food, folks, and fun. Here are the highlights broken down by Ship Amenities, Excursions, and Food.
Success! I made it through my first week of eating mostly fruits and vegetables, 3 meals with organic protein, nuts and dried fruit as snacks, and water and tea as beverages.
Ok, that’s it. I’ve had it. After 7 nights of vacation, a wonderful cruise in the Western Caribbean jam-packed (literally) with food, folks, and fun…I am 100% ready for detox. A food detox, that is. Don’t worry. I’m not turning anti-social or anti-fun. Although, I presume what I’m about to do will greatly improve my social and recreational lifestyle, significantly.
Yesterday, I made a visit to the ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) Doctor. I’ve been so preoccupied with other health symptoms that I hadn’t realized how bad my allergy symptoms were getting. I can’t remember the last time I could breathe through my nose, let alone go through a day without several allergy attacks. Guess you could say, I just couldn’t take it anymore.
I’ve added a new section to my blog, today, called Living Half Healthy. From today forward, I will be posting occasional updates, articles, inspirations, and prayers for those of us who live with health issues. This has been on my heart to do for a long time, now.
While some of my personal health issues are fairly common, minor, acceptable, and validated. Others are complex, unknown, invalidated, and cringe-worthy.
After I published the post titled, “From Suffering to Gratitude” in which I mentioned my struggle with Endometriosis and PMDD, I received several private comments from women who had been struggling (with the PMDD, specifically) in silence, as I had, for such a long time. It helped me realize how important it is for me to share my experiences with others.
And so, in between my posts of recipes, house renovations, and extraordinary life experiences and excursions, I will be sharing about my daily struggle with Endometriosis, PMDD, Hypothyroidism, Chronic Allergies, and Epstein Barr Virus/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
You may be able to relate directly or indirectly to this subject in LE Woman. But just as a warning, don’t expect to read my story without a dose of encouragement! Remember, my objective is always to inspire you to live an EXTRAordinary life with me…in spite of our circumstances. Alright then? OK!
Dear God, Please bless this page on my website. May it bring readers that are sincerely interested in living an EXTRAordinary Life. Amen.