I often get a ton of comments, either by admiration, or by concern, that I’m really thin.
I spent over 20 years from my youth with an eating disorder, got help, and learned alot about good nutrition that works for me and my body type.
Those that have known me for years just assume I’m still there..in that disorder, but don’t know that maybe, just maybe, I figured out the formula for a fit body and high metabolism. You don’t have to be muscle bound to be fit.
A few things have challenged me through the last couple of years, like extreme home life stresses: marital, financial, health, kids, home business, etc.. But all in all, I have managed to do my homework to learn about what enzyms work together to help your body and health, and what things hurt it.
Many Americans have a really horrible diet. There is one thing that puts a barrier between me and that bad diet: an allergy to soy. Not just GMO, but ALLLLLL soy. Even those hidden ingredients in women’s makeup like commercial glycerin and sodium hyaluronate that are both derived from soy. Magnesium Stearate (vitamin coatings) and Vitamin E(in cereals and vites) are both derived from soy.
With my adrenals fatigued..and a goiter that swells up from time to time, I had to do the research on things like synthroid and the alternative armour (both synthetic and natural thyroid drugs) and what can I do to help my body heal itself. (God made us that way).
Note: for Thyroid repair, I started taking Glutathione. Find stuff about it here:
Our bodies have the ability to heal themselves..we just need to give it the tools and the right environment to do so.
Here is how I stay thin and with lots of energy(most of the time)..note here: extreme stress still knocks me down. Keep in mind I have a soy allergy and no gall bladder since 1999.
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep every day, and if I can’t do that at night, I nap during the day when my body crashes about 2 pm.
- Stretch and get exercise at least 3 times a week..anything from going to the gym, racquetball, run, what ever. Anything goes that brings your heart rate up for at least 15 minutes(stress not included here)
- Drink 8 oz of FILTERED water(if you can, infused with minerals and ph balanced) before bed..and immediately when you wake up. This helps flush your toxins from the day out as you sleep, aids your kidneys and liver to clean you up at night and activates dormant organs in the morning for a bright, fresh and alive feeling physically and emotionally. We keep water filtering squeeze bottles by all of our bed sides so you don’t have to run downstairs to the kitchen if your thirsty at night.
- Avoid all preservatives. I’m allergic to soy..and it’s in almost all commercially and some organically made foods in America. So my diet is SOOO limited..but if forces me to cook more raw and natural foods, make my own bread and goodies and keep me from eatting junk and fast foods. (big weight gain issue with most people)
- I eat foods that work together with enzymes to work for each other and not against. Such as: eat greens and free range meats, and leave behind the carbs like potatoes for another meal. Ya, they are good, but when eating potatoes and steak together, you can cause an acidic reaction in your system and stifle digestion for both. If you have acid reflux when you eat red meats, ask yourself what your eating with and consider just eating greens with it.
- Eat Right for your blood type, some can eat just fish and vegan, but some blood types require those essential aminos from red meat. This is not a one size fits all world with body chemistry!
- I replaced all my oils with extra virgin coconut oil.(no gall bladder) I use it in my soaps, as body oil(most lotions are another source of soy topically) and to cook with. Even use it in my sushi.
- Eat only as much as you need to be satisfied, not more than that. If you eat every 2-3 hours about a fist full of food, you will keep your blood sugars up and turn your fat switch to high burn!
- You can’t get fat on fruits and vegies..so if you have a serious gummy bear craving or salty snack attack like I do every so often, eat roasted nuts or drink mango tango or Green Goodness from Adwalla or Bolt House..it gives you the healthy boost/kick and the sweet twang or salty punch you crave without the garbage attached.
- Cut out the gluten. Gluten is an enemy of your adrenals and pituitary gland. Gluten effects your hormones and can increase your cortisol hormones that may cause extra weight. Don’t believe me? Do your homework!
- Find an art form, a good book or listen to some great music, all those will reduce your cortisol and increase your serotonin levels in your brain.
- Eating grains is ok, just eat the right ones. And by all means, do organic when you possibly can afford it. Buying bulk from Whole Foods is way cheeper than pre-packaged grains. You can read up on chemical treatments of commercial grains in silos on the FDA site. I promise you will never eat commercial again!(maybe your not allergic to wheat, but the bromination process)
- Don’t do coffee, caffeine or carbonated drinks. Coffee is highly acidic and will throw off the ph in your body. Acidic body means fertile ground for cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Caffeine if taken too long in your life, will actually burn out your adrenals and cause you other issues. Adrenal glands control water balance in your body, your heart rate, your stress coping hormones and brain functions. Not to mention, it runs your thyroid. Many thyroid conditions are onset from adrenal fatigue, not the other way around. Carbonated drinks have phosphoric acid. Read more here. BAD STUFF. It can throw that ph off, retain unwanted water in your muscle tissues and actually increase your risk of heart disease. Just don’t.
- Did I mention sleep? Worth the double mention! That is the only time your body really really cleans, restores and repairs. So don’t neglect that!
- Cut out relationships that control, are codependent or are just unhealthy. I recommend the “Boundries” book series by Dr. Henry McCloud
- For a good fitness plan, try yoga. I have my own power yoga routine I’ve done since 1992 and has worked for my body type. It’s intense and keeps me limber. Find what works for you..and push yourself, challenge yourself to do harder repetitions so you don’t get bored.
Lastly, stop counting calories and weighing yourself and be happy with who you are, skinny, or over weight, just love yourself. You are your best friend. Be the best friend you always needed and wanted!
Think about these things..and you may find yourself living healthier, more productive and happier lives.