How’s Your Eating Well New Year’s Resolution?

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Can you believe it's August already?  Let’s see, I have detoxed, fasted, dieted this year and my weight is 7 lbs UP!  What’s that about?  I’m mindful about my food (but clearly not mindful enough), and I work out several days a week (but clearly not long enough).  I was getting discouraged because the pain in my leg was keeping me from being as active as I want to be AND my clothes don’t fit.  So what am I to do? I decided to do my own research on metabolism and also on the sciatica pain in my leg.  I found some interesting things…some I knew, and some I didn’t:

  1. Starting in your late 20’s your metabolism starts slowing and by the time you get to be middle age your metabolism has slowed by 60-70%. Metabolism is the rate at which you burn calories.  It’s like a car approaching a stop—it’s still moving, but it’s really slowing down.  That’s crazy.  Does that mean I would have to eat about 1/3rd of what I did as a young adult to maintain my weight?  {Imagine a WTF emoticon here!}
  2. Alcohol additionally decreases your metabolism. Well, I kind of knew this but added to Point #1, I am in a real deficit. But at least now I can really understand the weight gain math.
  3. Processed foods cause inflammation which leads to bloating, pain and all types of chronic diseases. Again, I know generally that processed foods are not healthy, but this inflammation information is significantly more important than I thought.

So to sum it up, I’m gaining weight by natural evolution (not my fault), and adding to it by drinking (who doesn’t love wine? So again, not my fault) and the inflammation is causing even more bloating and potentially the pain in my leg.

What am I going to do about it?  I’m not going to complain. Because I think we can all agree that I have made the case from the research which shows, that it's plainly obvious, that my weight gain is not my fault! ;)  This doesn’t mean I don’t have to take responsibility for change if I want to change.  My kids used to say, “That’s not fair!” I would say, “Who ever told you that life was fair?”  (This advice has served them well!)   So I’m taking action (no matter who or what is to blame).  When you know better you do better.

  1. I have declared August whole food month. Nothing processed, nor alcoholic will touch these lips (except lipstick).
  2. I’m letting go of guilt. Why should I feel bad about a natural by-product of getting older? That’s like getting mad about the sun coming out each day.  It’s necessary for life.  I like living, so I embrace it.
  3. I’ve decided that my health and vibrancy are more important than vanity or happy hour. I have to go with the flow of life, not fight against it. This is a big one.

I’m still in the honeymoon phase of this mindset and new eating lifestyle, but I’m stoked!   I matter most to me, and I’m doing something about it!  Do something for you.  You deserve it too.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

U Gotta Eat…so eat mindfully.