Hello bliss seekers, I'm feeling a little bit over indulged after my marvellous mothers day yesterday. Hopefully I made up for it with my extra effort at the gym today! Usually, a big part of my daily feeling of bliss comes form a wholesome and healthy diet along with daily exercise and a lot of time in our beautiful outdoor surroundings. So today, I thought I would talk a little more on the topic of a healthy diet and a new discovery of sorts.
Back in my early thirties, my metabolism began to slow down even though I was eating well and exercising often so I gave my lifestyle a massive rejig. I changed how and when I exercised, turned to low G.I. foods and cut down on carbohydrates, sugar, salt, and saturated fats. The amazing result was fast, I looked great and felt fantastic. Although, a recent discussion with my Naturopath highlighted that my body was now in serious need of some good fats and believe it or not, salt. This was in complete contrast to all that I had done for the last few years but the thing was, although I looked fit and healthy I just wasn't feeling great at all. Encouraged to adopt a new way of thinking and eating, and with the promise I could do it with out increasing my body fat percentage, I decided that now in my late 30's it was time for another lifestyle shake up.
Now, this is where the lovely Sarah Wilson and her book I Quite Sugar comes into it. I had heard of this book time and time again but was determined not to get wrapped up in what I thought was the latest diet fad. I don't believe in diets, I believe in quality food eaten in moderation and making good choices. After my recent discussion with my Naturopath though, it seems I need to redefine what good choices were best for me. The information in Sarah's book is now of interest to me and the direction I want to take my health and lifestyle. It has been a wonderful resource to add to my health and food book collection and is a fabulous accompaniment to my Naturopath's information.
So, I have very nervously added small amount of whole fat dairy products, good fats and unrefined rock salt back into my meals. What I didn't realise was how much sugar had crept back onto the scene which has now been completely cut. The hardest part has been dropping the sugar from my non herbal tea, making tea much less enjoyable, which could be an added bonus as a way to drop off caffeine. Not all caffeine though, I can't even consider loosing my four to five lattes each week - not yet anyway.
It is all still early days but I must say that my skin is unbelievably clear, I feel physically much better and I don't seem to have any extra or unwanted fat deposits. So tell me, have any of you followed Sarah's book? Or have you had to rethink what you thought was a healthy lifestyle to improve your health? I'd love to hear about it.
For more information on quitting sugar you can visit this great post on sugar by Naturopath Karen McElroy
Sending you some food for thought today and as always lots of bliss, Heather xx
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