Thursday, June 19, 2014

My Lifestyle Change Journey

There has been a ton of conversation around the subject of what I eat and put into my body. Many questions have been asked regarding how I have made such a huge lifestyle change in such a short amount of time. Although, I do not mind answering and participating in dialogue on Facebook and other social networking sites, I figured, with so much discussion, this should be a blog post.

I used to be the person who drank nothing but soda all day long. I would go to the gas station 2 or 3 times a day and get a 32oz caffeinated drink. I lived off of soda and junk food. I have never been overweight, but I have been struggling in the past 2 years with my weight gain. I was heavier than I had ever been and a lot more lethargic more often. I have had no motivation to do anything for the last 2 years.

I tried working out multiple times, but after a few weeks and not much to show for it, I quickly gave that up. Sometime midway through 2013, I found yoga. I had done yoga before, but not like this. I truly got attached very quickly to yoga. I was fascinated with it, and it made me feel better. So I continued on my yoga journey and now I am a certified instructor looking to travel the world and gain more yoga knowledge and one day open my own studio. This is not a fitness post though, so back to the food portion.

A few months ago, my partner and I started looking into what we were eating. We had looked into juicing and different diets. We read a few books on gluten and realized how bad gluten is for you. "Gluten-Free" has quickly become the new 'fad' of dieting. I watched a video on Netflix called 'Hungry For Change' which I do recommend for everyone to watch! I also watched a few clips on youtube of people who were on a gluten free diet, they were asked one simple question, 'What is gluten?', they had no idea. Gluten is a protein composite found in several types of grains like wheat, rye, and barley. Basically gluten is the elasticity that holds breads together. Everybody is sensitive to gluten, just some people don't even know it. Gluten actually inflames the body and even the brain. Gluten is the cause of irritable bowl syndrome and numerous digestive problems. All around, gluten is no bueno. So, that is the first thing we cut out of our diet. No More Gluten!

We then went through our entire kitchen and pitched or gave away everything that was harmful. We started looking at every label in our kitchen. If it had something in it that we didn't know, we looked it up. Surprisingly everything we looked up was some sort of a cancer causer. Out it went! Of course we were out of food, so we had to make a large trip to the grocery store. We stocked up on fresh cut meat, fresh vegetables, fruits & cheese. Of course anything that was packaged, we checked every label to make sure they didn't add anything in. Even the butter, we have to get salted because the unsalted butter has added stuff in it. Why are they adding all these chemicals to our food!? Food isn't food anymore, its chemically altered poisons! I saw blue filled Twinkies in the store the other day and my mouth literally dropped. I can't even imagine putting something like that in my body anymore!

Another important thing we dropped from our diet was any type of cooking oil. No corn oil, vegetable oil, sunflower oil, none of any kind. Oils are filled with GMO's and artificial chemicals. Want to know more about the negative effect on GMO's look up Monsanto and you will see how terrible they are. Not to mention GMO's are killing our bees. RUDE!

I'm not sure why people pump their bodies full of so called 'food' knowing that it's all made in a plant, then complain they are overweight and have health problems. It just doesn't seem to make sense to me since I have opened my eyes and become aware. People turn to the 'low fat' or 'sugar free' diets and they still are having the same problems. Fat doesn't make you fat, sugar makes you fat! When sugar enters the body, it immediately turns to fat. Wonder why your not losing weight?

I could go on and on about food and GMO's and Monsanto, etc. I suggest if you want to know more and if you have Netflix, watch 'Hungry for Change'. It really explains everything very well. Just be aware of what you are putting into your body. Be more conscious of where your food comes from. Most of all, stay true to yourself.

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