Monday, February 11, 2019

Whole Food

Since my head injury/migraines and even more so while my sister was sick, especially toward the end, I haven't cared about food.  I'd just eat whatever was handy and easy.  I wasn't cooking, and my poor kid was eating a lot of Hot Pockets (not that he minded).  I even got to where I was eating fast food, which I really hadn't done much in years and years.  I tried to choose somewhat healthy crap food, but it was still crap food.  I was back up to my highest weight ever, and weaker than ever because I'd been babying my injuries.

I was ready to make a change, and my fall from my horse was a good catalyst.  Then I got some more inspiration from my Blogger buddy from Health and Life at the Rough String, and off I went.  I'm not going to endorse a certain method or diet or anything, but I'm going to say eating real, whole foods is worth it!  I even cook breakfast every day (and manage to get out the door for work on time).  I have been a die-hard cereal eater for life, anything else for breakfast - just the idea made me nauseous.  Today I had cod and kale.  I'm not eating sugar, grains or milk products, and no soy or legumes, but I am eating lots of meat, veggies, some fruit, nuts and lots of healthy fats - basically paleo/keto.  No weight loss yet but I think my dimensions are changing slightly.  Maybe I'm building muscle without trying.  Certainly chores have been a little harder lately. :)

It's helped the whole family eat better.  Liam has been enjoying the foods of my labors too, and his mood has improved.  He doesn't complain much that there isn't a ton of junk food in the house (I do cook him some noodles or potatoes sometimes) and he gets creative and makes himself a smoothie for dessert now that we're using the Nutri-bullet more often.  John has chosen a healthier diet too, but not the same as mine.  We don't eat together often during the week, and even on the weekends we generally do separate breakfast and lunch, so this works just fine.

My energy levels really boosted the first week or two (the weather was better too) and now they're pretty blah again...  I'm going to fine tune my diet more with a nutritionist.  I'm also going to see a sleep doctor next week.  I'm not sure if I have some sort of chronic fatigue or if it might be narcolepsy or what...  It'll be interesting to see what they say.  I still haven't been told what the results of my home sleep study were, except that I needed a referral to a sleep doctor and another couple sleep studies.  I know I don't have sleep apnea.

I dug out the laptop from the spare room, and I'm loving blogging on a keyboard rather than my phone!  I missed real typing.  This could be a gamechanger for me.  :)  Now, if only I could charge and print wirelessly. 


Snipe said...

Glad to hear these changes are having a positive effect. Paleo/keto has been credited as a great program. If you haven't already, you may want to check out the 'Nom Nom Paleo' blog, which has some good recipes. Many of those are intended for the Instant Pot, which I hear great things about.

I've been trying to make improvements as well. My job is extremely sedentary, adding up to 40 hours a week sitting at a desk. It is the least active job I've ever had, and it has been a profoundly negative for my health, mood, and weight, but I'm working on changing it.

Andrea -Mustang Saga said...

That's a lot of hours at a desk. There was a time in life when I did that, but I can't even imagine it now. Aches and pains! I'd have to go for a brisk walk on every break. Back then I used to smoke and get a caffeine fix. Oh, how our priorities change. :)

I'll check out that blog. I'm not a very inventive cook and I'd getting tired of my food.

Linda said...

Whatever makes you feel good. Listen to your body—it knows. My body does horrible with sugar.