I have recently radically changed my diet. When I say radical I don’t use that word lightly. This is coming from someone whose diet included a lot of fast food, macaroni and cheese, Ben&Jerry’s, and lot sand lots of good ole fashioned “sweet tea”. And I can tell you it is possible to live on macaroni and cheese and Ben&Jerry’s, I’ve done it for years.
However at what cost to our magnificent body?
[quote style=”boxed”]Whatsoever was the father of a disease, an ill diet was the mother. ~George Herbert[/quote]
So if it was working, why did I change you ask? However, working just meant that I well, was still alive. But I felt absolutely awful! I had body pains, acne, I wasn’t sleeping well and was just so tired all of the time. And it occurred to me that it might very well have something to do with what I was putting in my body for fuel! Yeah I know, news flash right? I’m a late bloomer. It also occurred to me that I was taking better care of my car than my own personal vehicle, my body. Someone referred to it as our ‘Earthsuit”, and I liked that. I thought that was a fitting analogy. And let’s face it I wasn’t taking very good care of my “Earthsuit”.
I’m also vain. Ok, I care how I look as much as I care about how I feel. Maybe more. This became abundantly clear when I came down with Bells Palsey and the right side of my face was paralyzed. I got a big awakening. I looked like I’d had a stroke. I couldn’t smile. My speech was impaired and I couldn’t smile. And while I have recovered, I admit there was a part of me that thought what if? What if I don’t recover? What if I can’t smile ever again. Who will I be?
[quote style=”boxed”]Tell me what you eat, I’ll tell you who you are. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin [/quote]
So, I guess that really started my journey into more healthy eating. I also thought it would help my acne to clean up my diet, therefore my body. So for the last 3 months or so, I have been gluten free, dairy free, no refined anything, no alcohol, and now I have decided to give up my beloved TEA! It has been an interesting experiment. And all along I have said that I am not going to be a natzi about it. If I want something I’m gonna have it. I think this is psychology at it’s best cause as soon as you tell yourself that you CAN’T have something, that is the very thing you want. So I haven’t really ever felt deprived cause I knew I could have whatever I wanted, if I wanted it. And I have fudged a little along the way, all the while paying attention to my earthsuit and how it feels. I have to say that it certainly is different now. I am so aware of how different foods feel now that I am feeling so good. When I eat gluten specifically, it’s just awful. Not to mention the long term effects and diseases associated with gluten and other common allergenic foods.
The first major improvement I noticed was the aches and pains were much less. My skin has finally started to clear and I am sleeping much better. I have more energy and am somehow clearer headed. I seem to get more done with out the up and down mood swings that I was having.
I share this because as I am making these changes myself I started to think about how I was feeding my animals.
I’ve always bought the best commercial food I could find for my dogs and cats and hadn’t given much thought to what was in there. But are the ingredients what is best for the animals, or what’s easiest and cheapest to manufacture. There is a very eye opening and shocking report by the US Animal Protection Institute about what’s really in commercial petfood. You can read it here “Get the Facts: What’s Really In Pet Food”. This is a must read for anyone with a pet.
[quote style=”boxed”]We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons. ~Alfred E. Newman [/quote]
To your pets,Roxanna Whittington