Take the time to think about what it is you want for your health in 2018 and even beyond.
Some people want more money or focus on improving relationships but we often hear a majority of people say they want to lose weight. And since there is less than 1 week left in 2017, I am sure many are thinking, “after the holidays I will go on a diet”.
And let’s face it, change is hard. It requires a commitment to replace an old behavior with a new behavior.
My challenge to you is to not go on a diet but to make a lifestyle change.
And let’s face it, change is hard. It requires a commitment to replace an old behavior with a new behavior. Many will start strong on January 2nd and by February 1st are struggling to maintain their diet or exercise program.
Been there, done that.
So what makes 2018 different? I am looking to get healthy. The weight loss is a bonus but not my ultimate goal.
After 40 years of eating food that my body could not digest, such as gluten and grains, it has taken its toll on my health. I have been diagnosed with 3 autoimmune diseases and asthma at 50. Yes, 50! But the good news is that we can restore our health. Our bodies were created to deal with illness and stress but we have to do our part by watching what we are putting in our mouth. And for most of us, that is the part of “change” that is hard.
My challenge for you is to make that change with me on January 3, 2018.
After 40 years of eating food that my body could not digest, such as gluten and grains, it has taken its toll on my health.
I am already gluten free, but I know for me personally I will miss my grains. And I know that sounds crazy, that I am risking my health because I want to eat 1/2 cup of rice or a slice of gluten-free bread. Just saying it out loud sounds insane! But that is the battle we will have internally when we make this change.
For not only do grains affect inflammation, pain and autoimmune diseases, they also dramatically affect our blood glucose levels. This is extremely important to me for my dad was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I was devastated. Alzheimer’s has been called “Diabetes 3” by some medical Doctors due to the relationship of blood sugar levels, insulin resistance and how it affects our brain. I often wonder if my dad would not have Alzheimer’s now if he had only made better diet choices.
My next entry will discuss some items you may want to have around as we start omitting grain from our diet. I will be following recommendations from Dr. William Davis ( a well-known cardiologist), book Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox if you want to learn more. In previous blogs, I have discussed what food options are allowed.
I won’t sugar coat it. It will be tough the first 5-7 days.
My motivation to stick with it is will be my family. That is my reason for a change.