Five years ago I looked at the scale and decided I needed to lose 10 pounds. Not a big deal because I have always been able to gain or lose 5 pounds in a day. I could skip a meal or go for a long walk and get back to my regular weight. I ate a balanced diet and believed “everything in moderation”. However, the extra 10 pounds had been on me for awhile and I couldn’t shake it so I decided to look at possible health reasons. At the time I was 40 years old and 115 pounds (keep in mind I’m only 5′ 0″ and a petite frame. 105 was my normal weight). Those 10 pounds meant I couldn’t fit into my favorite jeans anymore.
Fast forward to today and I am 5 years older and now weigh 138 pounds! I’ve tried many things and have read dozens of books. I went gluten-free, I did Paleo, I added “live” foods, I juiced, did Green Smoothies, joined numerous lifestyle diet groups, and have only managed to spend too much money and become very confused. I’ve also had a lot of stress. At the beginning of this year, I got so frustrated with trying to figure out what I could and could not eat that I just threw everything out the window and decided I would just eat and not worry about it. Honestly, I’ve only gained 5 pounds this year not exercising much, eating fast food, and enjoying a Duncan Donut run ever so often…so why did I gain 18 pounds the 4 years prior when I was trying so hard to lose just 10?
I don’t know why. Everyone has a different opinion, and there is only 1 thing that has been consistent that I have learned: every body is different and reacts to foods differently, and lifestyle/stress is a much bigger factor that most people are acknowledging. All that to say is, after having dinner with some friends last night I decided to make a plan, hunker down, and see if I could figure this out.
The first thing I did for my health started 6 weeks ago when I closed my retail business storefront. It was a lot of stress, and I needed to slow down and let my exhausted adrenals heal. I did know that I had entered into adrenal exhaustion and I was quickly wearing my body down. So, decrease stress and slow down…check! Now to increase my exercise activity and find healthy foods that heal my body.
- Start weight: 138 lbs
- My wardrobe is limited to dresses and yoga pants right now
- The main goal (besides be healthy): To fit into a pair of jeans again!
Featured Recipe – TURKEY ZUCCHINI SOUP
This was so yummy!
- Homemade broth from leftover turkey carcass
- Cooked turkey, cut into small pieces
- Zucchini, cut in strips
- Garlic powder or fresh garlic
- Celery, thinly sliced
- Cracked pepper
- Sea salt to taste
- Other spices as you prefer: I like basil or tarragon too.
Saute the meat, zucchini, celery and garlic over medium-high heat with the spices for a minute or too just until there is a light brown “crust” on the meat. Add to the broth in a sauce pan,bring to a boil, and simmer at least 10 minutes. I made enough for several meals. I ate it for breakfast this morning. Could be a good snack as well
Try it and let me know what you think. Tonight we are having hamburger patties with sautéed mushrooms and roasted sweet potato chips.
Now off to do some yoga and take a walk…