Doing Me ~30 days to a Newer Me Done!
I’m Prava, and I’m a food addict.
I’ve remained committed to fighting my food addictions these past 30 days, one day and one meal at a time. I’ve stayed MY course and maintained my par for MY course that I have WILLED myself to do. It has not been easy, BUT I put my mind and best efforts into beginning and honestly maintaining my first 30 days to a newer me.
When I set out to begin on 1st October 2018, I had a vague idea of how the days ahead would unfold, based on my previous experience, acknowledging my past efforts in fighting the shackles of food addiction and relying on MY experience and knowledge to see me through my plan. That I forgot to weigh myself on that first day is an indication that I wasn’t overly concerned about the figures on the scale, which would not define me or my efforts to fight the addictions that have plagued me since I was 12, but it was about getting to a place of ease and understanding in how I could manage my own addictions through trial and error and my experiences over the years.
I think for anyone who is fighting obesity and weight loss issues, it’s important to understand that the industry that purports to “support” this cause, is a multi-million bucks one. Experts and gurus with the “secret” to weight loss pop up every minute, selling anything and everything to attract the willing to trying out the product or diet plan. However, through my years of pills, liquids, teas, electronic slimming pads, lymph draining, laxatives disguised as fat loss miracles, and eating plans devised and or sold by others, while I may have been a willing buyer – my personal will and motivation was caught up in the quick fixes, which led to a food addiction life that relied on these to “feed” my physical health disasters.
I have come to realise that no one can sell me a lifestyle – or rather, anyone can try but if I cannot maintain it, then, it is NOT a lifestyle. As you read this, you decide what this means to you personally, ponder and think on this statement, and you will receive the answers that you may seek.
I am a realist, a practical one at that. As I’ve matured through my food addictions, I’ve moved away from mainstream “package diets and lifestyle changes” and tailor made my own. Through my experiences, I have honestly and truly realised that I DO NOT HAVE TO DO WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING, that there is NO ONE DIET THAT FITS ALL. I’ve said this repeatedly, we all metabolise differently and those pop-up diet gurus’ who give us an eating plan that they’ve given to countless others, at a financial cost for their benefit, are making money out of us. Dietetics is a profession which applies the science of nutrition in the maintenance of health in each of the life cycle stages as well as to the dietary management of various disease conditions. Do these “course “certified gurus know your chemical and metabolic needs personally? Have they studied food science for at least 3-5 years, and applied their studies to experience and skill that takes years to accomplish, fully satisfying our needs in what they’re putting together for us? Think on this too – it’s a realistic truth! We are gullible and willing buyers in our weight loss quest to fit society’s mould about “perfect” and “beautiful” bodies, consumers that are consumed by how society views us.
When I began blogging about 8 years ago, my purpose was to motivate ME in my umpteen journeys in trying to break free from the shackles of obesity through self-negligence. I have been honest in how I relate my experiences, and each time I fell off my wagon, I tried with sustained effort to get back on, as personally, this is how it unfolds in my world. I’ve taken regular meals that I enjoyed from my traditional ways of cooking and made it work for me. What I’ve come to understand through my personal experiences and my foodie addiction recovery journeys, is to avoid my trigger foods and substitute with healthier options – and this may be applied to you and your lifestyle too. It may be difficult initially, but with continued commitment and never-ending practice, you can make it work for you.
As a diabetic, hypertensive and high cholesterol chronic diseased person, I’ve initially relied on the basic food pyramid that the World Heart Association advocates, that is well practiced, practical and used with much success. High fat and low carb lifestyles don’t work for me personally, as while the lifestyle is one in moderation, I must be wary that what I consume now, affects my future health – and it’s been proven beyond me, that it is not a sustainable lifestyle. I’ve had to tweak the basic food pyramid to my specifications and in many ways, this has made me re-learn and rethink my food knowledge and needs. One aspect that I’m most assured of, is that I do not starve myself – I eat naturally and nutritiously based on what my body needs. You can do this too – eating healthily for sustained energy is the best way in maintaining a food lifestyle, one that becomes you and as each day and meal progresses, it becomes habitual.
I have just finished 30 days of “clean” eating and today begins day 31. My quest has been deliberate to assist me in further understanding my relationship with foods that harm me and foods that heal me. I’ve opted to do what works for me in staying off all things dairy, wheat-based, sugars and refined sugars based and kept my use of oils and fats moderate. I have also chosen to give up any form of red meat, as this elevates my “bad” cholesterol and is my main trigger food next to wheat-based bread. I have used substitutes in the form of my own grains free bread making, relying mainly on eggs, chicken and fish as protein to provide me with energy and I have kept my food portions self-regulated by keeping them reasonable according to my body needs. I have also eliminated whole nuts and fruit high in natural sugars. My fruit intake over the past 30 days have been a maximum of 6 servings, which has been mainly berries, 1 green apple and melon, in moderate serving slices. Dairy has been replaced by almond and coconut milk as the need arose. I have also avoided any sweet treat Paleo baking and eating, to assist me in resetting my body for maximum benefit for my personal blood-sugars monitoring and improvement. I plan on adapting as my needs dictate post these 30 days.
I have lost 76cm and 4.1kg in 30 days – a remarkable achievement that will further aid my motivation to continue fighting my food battles. Am I past my food addiction? I very much doubt it, but I’m a few steps in the right direction to continue my fighting off these food demons and shackles.
You will note from this blog feature picture, at 33 I may have been at my worse in health and weight disasters. Currently at age 50, I feel so much free-er and more confident about me than I have felt in a long time. Years 2013/14 were my watershed years in getting my health back and this is my goal in returning as close as possible to that amazing stage of my life – also, I have a dedicated cupboard full of almost brand new clothing just waiting for me, more par for my course! I will continue, trial and error in what’s good for me, aiding and abetting my healthier lifestyle.
I hope to continue inspiring and motivating you through my continuing journey as a reforming food addict.