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.
Overall, I think this cruise was exactly what I needed. I allowed myself seven full days of liberal eating…whatever I wanted and however much I wanted. Wow. Words cannot describe how exhausted and bloated I felt after just a few days. (Thank goodness our activities on the islands were condensed to half days.)
Now, I understand that some people feel entirely guilt-free after consuming obnoxious quantities of food on a cruise ship, because it’s all-inclusive and it’s a vacation, for crying out loud. I certainly didn’t deprive myself. In addition to a daily poolside and evening sugary cocktail, I consumed meat three times a day (yup, from the turkey bacon to the lunchtime bar-b-que to the suppertime short braised ribs). I also enjoyed a daily whipped chocolate Frappuccino just a few hours before my evening dessert…or desserts. (Thankfully, I dutifully refrained from the chocolate buffet that was offered mid-week. That would have ended badly. I just know it.)
Don’t get me wrong, Scott and I thoroughly enjoyed this vacation. (I’ll be writing a review post with pictures about our adventurous island excursions, soon.) And of course, I could have chosen to limit my consumption of processed foods, carnivorous meals, and sugary drinks. It’s not like I deprived myself, as some do, before the vacation. It’s no secret. My appetite has always been extraordinary.
But, a part of me felt that I needed to allow myself these final few days of eating so mindlessly so that I could return home 100% ready to make a change. I think it worked, because I am more than ready to do this.
FATIGUE BE GONE
I’m tired of feeling so tired. If eating an entirely different way will make a difference, I need to do this. And if all-inclusive food vacations are too much for me, I’ll stick to the pay as you go option next time. (After all, I do NOT do restaurant buffets or the All-You-Can-Eat menu options throughout the other 51 weeks of the year.)
And so, today is Day One of clean eating. This is not specifically a diet, nor a method to lose weight, although I anticipate losing the ten pounds I’ve put on since I began taking medications for my under-active thyroid, chronic fatigue, etc. Apparently, Scott does not mind my larger boob size, but supportively agreed with me that I can make better food choices to “feel” better.
The main objective is to improve my food-lifestyle in order to reach my potential health whatever that may be.
Ok. I can do this. I can do this. I’ve done “diets” so many times before, how hard can it be to make a lifestyle change…forever? (deep breath)
I spent most of the day yesterday, determining a plan. I’m combining the ideas from people I trust who can testify results along with God’s commandments on food from the Bible. Why do we make things so hard on ourselves when God made it so very clear, in His word, how we are to take care of ourselves? The real challenge is figuring out how to afford eating the way God originally intended in today’s times.
This is not a post about organic foods. I’m not qualified to write the kind of information that a zillion other websites do on this subject. However, I have personally observed a difference in the “size” of children along with an increase of ADHD and Autistic classifications in my 17 years in Education. I’ll just leave it at that.
Anyway, I’ll be tracking my progress as I go (just like I do with most of my topics on LE Woman) and posting it here on my Living Half Healthy Page. I’ll post truthfully, even if I have a moment of weakness, which I’m somewhat certain will occur from time to time.
I’m sure I will modify and tweak this diet as time goes on, as apart from God’s Package of Forgiveness I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all anything. Again, this is a watch me as I go process. And, please pray for me, too!
Today is Day 1
So…WHY am I doing this? WHY am I writing about this?
Lots of reasons.
- I desperately need to improve my lifestyle. Words cannot express how debilitating fatigue is and how it feels on the inside. Some say, “It’s better to look good than feel good.” I used to think so, but not anymore. It’s so embarrassing to be in the company of others looking normal on the outside and yet feeling half asleep. I’ve been in this predicament at least half of my life, and excuse my French, but it sucks. (Sorry, I don’t like that word. I won’t use it after today.)
- Although I have had increments of healthier eating diets here and there, I believe it is time for me to prioritize a new lifestyle that I can commit to for the rest of my life. In other words, I want to feel the best I am able to feel from this day forward.
- I believe God wants me to eat the foods that He intends for me to eat and limit or omit the foods that are not meant for me to eat. http://www.openbible.info/topics/diet_and_nutrition
- I am 100% convinced that I will feel ‘better’ than I do right now. I may not be able to reverse my Endometriosis, PMDD, EBV, or Hypothyroidism. However, I anticipate feeling significantly less fatigued
- I want to be a better example for my readers. Will my recipes change? Somewhat. I will still post recipes I cook for my husband, family, and friends. But, my goal is to someday soon create extraordinary recipes that even my liberal-eating friends and relatives will LOVE. Just give me some time to work on this and master my gardening skills at The House on High Street. (By the way…Any good advice for me on gardening?)
WHAT will I be eating? WHAT will I be omitting?
- 90% of the time, I’ll be eating Natural Foods. Foods in their original, uninterrupted, unprocessed state. Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts and Seeds, Whole Grains, Fish, Poultry, and Beef. (Organic whenever I can.)
- In accordance to God’s commandments in foods we should avoid (sorry to those who share in my Italian Heritage as this one is going to disappoint you)…No pork. No shellfish. (gulp)
- No Dairy for One month. This will hurt more than the pork and shellfish. (Sad face.) I don’t know many people (outside of my family) that love cheese as much as I do. I may introduce this later after I detox for a few weeks, but I’m concerned that I’ll never know if dairy has a negative affect on my body unless I remove it from my system for several weeks.
Will I Ever Eat Chocolate, Cheese, Seafood, or Pork again?
Probably. I’m just hoping to omit these foods for as long as possible and then eat them as infrequently as possible. I’m a work in progress. LE Woman is a work in progress. remember?
Well, the good news is that I already created two new recipes! Vegetable Lentil Soup & Agave-Lemon Vinaigrette. I will post these soon. I’m still catching up from vacation mode. There are clothes and dishes that need attention.