Some people lose weight and then feel healthier, some people get healthier and discover they have lost weight.

For me it is the later. I began changing my diet last spring. I read Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” and became sold on the farmer’s market. Add that to dating a vegetarian and I was on the road to discovering more healthy foods to improve my diet. I began making farm fresh eggs with spinach or kale and onions with cheese. I later reduced the two eggs to one and dropped the cheese. I would add mushrooms or peppers as they were available. Lunch was a simple soup and some sort of snack like walnuts and then for dinner, I ate quite a bit of vegetable and some cheese or grain. Frozen pizza’s were my rescue food for days when I was tired from work. I learned about fermented foods and began playing with those.

Later in the year I realized I had less energy and my mind was not as clear. At that time I was listening to a podcast that suggested hormonal changes might be a problem for me, so I began adding some coconut oil, grass fed butter and looking at things that might need to be removed from my diet. Please take note, I was adding things I loved more than removing things I wanted. I still love my creative egg breakfast and look forward to treats such as avocados or dark chocolate or coconut or asparagus or, or, or… I realized that adding fats and some meat back into my diet improved my mood, my energy and I was having fewer hormone related symptoms like anxiety and mental fogginess. I started losing weight this fall. I have dropped 15 lbs and it really was not my goal, but is definitely welcomed.

Listening to my body is becoming easier. My hunger is less driven by emotion and I am in better terms with my ability to say no to certain things. One of my goals was to not have cravings. Sugar, alcohol, cheese and pastas were defiantly things I was driven to eat rather than a treat. I have been able to look at treats that are set out at work and say, “well, that is not going to make me feel better” and pass it by. I still have treats, but I recognize that it is very nice not to have cravings and I do not want to open the door to them again.

Health is the goal, not deprivation. What healthy foods do you already eat that you can feel good about and enjoy?

About cherithh

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have been working with people suffering from the effects of trauma for the past 9 years and I love to help people overcome their past and build a new life. This blog is a place to log in some of the reflections and tools that come about from my practice and my own life.
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