Brrr, it’s a cold and rainy evening and my dog is spending it in her favorite location – her warm bed in front of the fireplace. While one of my cats takes in her favorite show – flames. I love that pets can remind us to enjoy the simple pleasures and seem so content doing it. Which is how I’m feeling about my diet now. I went through a lot of diets and odd eating habits in my obsessive weight management and disordered eating periods as I’m sure many health conscious people have in their journey to better health and a stress-free diet. My husband is a firm believer in the Atkins style, or carbs-are-the-enemy diet. When he first started getting heavily into this, I tried the diet with him and prepared meals heavy in protein, not in carbs. For me, this time was a miserable experience because I had horrible IBS that lots of water and fiber supplements could not cure. For a women, being, uh, backed up can have a disastrous affect on sex drive, it’s just hard to feel sexy while being bloated and cramped, like perpetual PMS. Plus I was really lacking in energy, often dragging through or skipping workouts because I just could not get motivated which was very frustrating for someone as active as me. All these factors made me cranky and short-tempered to the point that I didn’t want to be near myself. I was not a very good partner during this period either. Needless to say, the diet did not work for me which was also frustrating. Here was this supposedly amazing diet gaining popularity and something my husband is really into, yet I can’t share that with him. As Dr. Oz states so often on his show, everyone has different dietary needs for their lifestyle and knowing what does not work for me based on experience is equally valuable as knowing what does.
On the flip side, a heavy raw vegan diet is working very well for me. I have more energy now than in my mid to late twenties, not to mention I eat more and weigh less. I sleep better and in general feel better. A recent change that I’m noticing is just being in an overall better mood, having more patience and tolerance at work and a drive to be nicer to people and generally feeling more social and I love it, not much can stress me lately. Maybe it’s the underlying knowledge that I’ve only eaten good stuff for the day, week, etc. Or maybe the improved digestion is improving other areas. Okay, too soon to tell, but I’m happy about this development. I went to my mom’s for lunch today and found her stressed out and moody trying to deal with many issues and taking a bit of the stress out on me. In the past, I may have snapped back or responded with equal stress and attitude, but I calmly responded and assisted to defuse the situation which felt good. So far, I am a firm believer in this diet compared to anything else I’ve tried. No doubt the diet is a huge adjustment and something that goes against everything a western diet is about and every diet fad, but I got initially intrigued by it thinking that people would only go through so much to maintain it if the benefits from it made it all worth while and so far I think they do. And I really like not worrying about taking vitamins or supplements, only occasionally taking a B-12 supplement during the transition and plan to be off that soon as well. I believe our bodies can get what they need from natural foods close to their natural form much better now.
Since hubby is not as huge of a raw fan as me, I often end up preparing a couple of options for dinner, typically a raw side for both of us, a raw or cooked vegan main for me, a meat main for him. I like that we can still try raw dishes together an don’t mind preparing multiple dishes. At first this was frustrating, after putting a lot of effort into a creative, veggie loaded dish and have him barely touch it fearing the carbs was insulting. But, I’m finding that tolerance to a wide range of eating habits is crucial while discovering what works for me and not judge or assume it works for others. Everyone has to go through their own journey to discover what works for them. If anything, just being a positive influence for eating better is a win. And I think I’ve started an apple trend at work – everyday I bring in an apple and set it on my desk for an afternoon snack, something I’ve been doing for the last 6 months or so. At first, I took a little slack for being overly healthy from co-workers, but now I’m noticing more and more apples sitting on peoples’ desk. This is a pretty big deal in a department where most afternoon snacks include an energy drink and a candy bar, maybe I’m creating a silent trend.
Anyway, I’m working on more recipes for this week and am excited I hit one hubby really liked and looking forward to posting it soon. But, I’m on my way to meet my sister for more trampoline aerobics … in this lovely weather. Hope everyone has a great evening!