Tuesday, May 29, 2012

update on health & diet

The alkaline diet is great, but I did feel restricted, especially when it came to meat. I heard about diets based on blood type, so I had to read more. I took out "Eat Right 4 Your Type" from the library. I am a type O... meat eater! After reading this book, I started regularly eating meat (grass fed, pasture raised meats, not factory raised meats) and eggs again. I felt even better, and not deprived anymore. I don't know if I agree with everything in the book, but I do know I personally could never be a vegetarian. I believe some people thrive on a vegetarian diet, and others do not.

Reading "Sugar Nation" made me realize I needed to watch my carbs a little closer. I haven't been obsessive about it, but I am more aware of them now (i'm trying to have eggs as often as I have oatmeal, instead of oatmeal every morning, etc).

I have also eliminated wheat from my diet, except for occasional Ezekiel bread. I have felt better since, and have not had reflux or severe bloating in over a month. Since adding meat back in my diet, and eliminated most wheat, I have lost more weight. I am now 12 pounds down. I have it on hold at the library, so I haven't read it yet, but I am waiting to read "Wheat belly". From what I have read in the reviews, wheat has been genetically modified into something that is very bad for you, even whole wheat. I believe it, and feel more energetic & am losing weight faster now that i'm off wheat. I do believe it's addictive, because the less I have of it, the less I want it.

The rundown: I have no reflux anymore, my bloating is minimal or gone, my skin is clearer, I have lost 12 pounds, I have energy, and I feel happier.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Dew on strawberry leaf

I just liked how the dew drops lined this strawberry leaf so perfectly.

I see strawberry leaves and raspberry leaves used as ingredients in tea, so I may try drying some of my own this year!