Something I decided awhile back was to switch gears on this blog away from it being so weight loss oriented. I still read a ton of weight loss blogs and obviously care about being healthy and all that jazz, but something I've kind of come to realize in the last year was that it wasn't about weight loss for me (that and my body has seemed to enjoy staying where it's at).
Of course I would like to walk into a store and have everything look good on my body again and to be able to lay around in a bikini on the dock this summer with no inhibitions, but at the end of the day what became important is leading a healthy lifestyle.
If I could choose being healthy and looking the way I look over eating crap and fake food and being skinny, it'd take me a minute to decide, but I would choose being healthy.
I love eating fresh food, whole food, real food.
I know I'm healthy.
The part that frustrates me to no end is certainly the fact that I am healthy. I eat well a large majority of the time, while my friends can binge on chips, poutine and fast food, and I have to be so very careful about every single thing that goes in my mouth.
Chalk it up to genes and metabolism I suppose. That's just the way it is.
I am not exactly thrilled about this, but at the end of the day I know I'm healthy and that's what matters (for the most part) to me.
In early May I was in the community for work and the Body Talk crew I work with was there. I kind of feel like a broken record continually bringing up Body Talk on my blog, but it really has changed my life for the insanely better, and so you're just going to have to deal with the repetitiveness.
Anyway, I finally had a private session with the yoda master, freaks you out how amazing she is, guru of Body Talk.
She is so intuitive and amazing and I can't even exactly begin to explain to you how amazing she is and incredibly talented she is at what she does.
It's one of those, you have to see it to believe it things. The things I have witnessed with her are incredible, and the healing I have seen is just unbelievable.
Tangents aside, I finally had my first session with her.
She mentioned quite a few things to me that just kind of freaked the crap out of me. Like, how can you possibly know this about me because nobody else does stuff. She also asked me if I was going to Rome, and now we are suddenly planning to go there. Chicken, egg, who knows but that's the way this woman works.
Anyway, a lot of it came down to my struggles with weight, and how frustrating it is.
She brought up two things I'm walking away with weight-wise.
First, I need to get my thyroid checked. I'm kind of shocked about this one because I honestly never really thought it would be a problem. I've just always been hard on myself because I figured that I just ate terrible too often... but the more I thought about it, the reality is, I eat pretty amazing compared to most people my age... and yet my body holds onto weight. So this is something I'm certainly going to get checked in the near future.
Secondly, I need to stop eating gluten. What to the what? Bread? Seriously?! She told me I need to cut it 90% out of my diet. I've done the gluten-free thing before, but that was just for a cleanse or attempting to eat clean. This is like, a lifetime thing and seriously not having fresh bread forever? I am still in a bit of shock about the whole thing, but in all honesty it has come as no surprise to me. She told me that if I cut gluten out that weight is going to literally fall off of me. When I reflect on my history with gluten, the most successful times with weightloss for me, is when I cut out carbs, which naturally would be because I am cutting the main source of gluten out of my life.
So here I am two weeks in and gluten-free for the most part.
It's a transition, but something I'm taking very seriously.
Of course I'm going to look into testing through traditional western medicine means and figuring out all this stuff out, but to say I'm already feeling a lot better is an understatement.
I had some gluten a few days after cutting it out completely and my stomach was killing and extremely bloated.
So... gluten-free it is.
The exception will of course be perogies in Poland and pizza in Italy. I mean, it's worth the stomach ache.
So hopefully things will start to naturally sort themselves out and I can finally look as healthy on the outside as I eat on the inside.
Are any of you out there gluten-free?
Have you ever had your thyroid checked?