Anti-Oxidants

Heading Back Down

 Well, after once again maxing out near my all-time high weight, I am headed back down again. I don't know why I let myself go until I hit that crisis point before turning around, but it feels much better to be losing weight than it does to be gaining it. My body physically feels much better. 

I am trying to focus on wise eating choices and clean eating. Kathy has been feeling extra fatigued, so I'm trying to prepare food for her and the whole family that will be dense in micronutrients and antioxidants, such as berries, raw nuts, and lots of leafy green veggies.

I don't have much else to say other than it is embarrassing to be here once again, into the month of May, and to be starting over again for the most part. But I'm swallowing my pride and continuing to write about the journey.





Starting Again

I've fallen prey to the same traps that have consumed me in the past. After getting started again, I've failed to do the things that keep me focused in the right direction. Snacking on something extra turns into eventually eating whatever I want, ignore the clean eating principles that have helped me so much. And failing to track the good foods I eat, failing to study each day about nutrition or fitness to keep it on the top of my mind, and failing to write each day about the progress keep me from being mindful about what I'm doing and result in slowly slipping away and ceasing to remember.  

I'm finally feeling nearly 100% after recovering from pneumonia. I lost my appetite entirely when I was so sick. But as I've begun to feel better, it has returned to fully capacity. Another lesson learned: while I felt sick, I delighted in losing weight and not eating much. I'd sometimes miss two of three meals. And I wasn't eating all of the good stuff I should. But I felt like saying "who cares? I'm losing weight, aren't I?" Well, the problem is my body, which had been used to a flood of nutritious food and antioxidants, then experienced a shut-down of the flow of nutrition. I may have lost weight, but I started to starve my body of the nutrients it needed. That not only compromised the health and healing of my body, but it pulled me further and further from sound nutritional principles, leaving me to languish in the world of moderately-healthy food, or even unhealthy food. 

So, in some ways I hate to say it, because I wish it were not the experience, but here I am starting again. But in other ways I'm glad to say it, because it means I am starting again and that hope is in sight of feeling better in terms of energy and clean eating. 





2/23/16

Woke up feeling pretty good today...weighted in at 263, so only 1 lb about the pre-vacation weight, and feel like I've finally shed some of the water I was retaining after the flight home. 

I've been trying some of the sprouted grain bread lately and really like them. For example, this morning I had an Ezekiel Bread English muffin with some all-fruit jam, and it was great. In fact, I don't think I'd ever pick a high sugar processed breakfast over it.

Yesterday, I read about the impact of ground flaxseed and herbal hibiscus tea on blood pressure. Controlled studies have yielded better results from having hibiscus leaves soaked in water (hot or cold) than have blood pressure medications themselves. And flaxseed has amazing properties that lower blood pressure and cholesterol as well. It is interesting that in some studies, about 50% of people have a positive result (meaning the blood level of cholesterol or the blood pressure lowers) but the other 50% don't have any impact that is notable. But 50% is pretty good odds for something that doesn't have apparent side effects...I'd take those odds for the potential improvements in vital readings.

Went shopping today at Vitamin Cottage, which is a good thing...at other times in my life I've gone on a health kick and made a huge shopping trip to Vitamin Cottage (with organic produce, less-processed foods and generally more healthy selections), never to return. So, going multiple times is a good thing. Planned out meals for the rest of the week. 

I sure missed fresh produce while on vacation. Not that it wasn't available at all...I did have an occasional apple, banana or orange, but I've come to really enjoy having berries each day or other produce high in antioxidants, and these were sparse on the cruise and on vacation in general.