In my 70th year I now “see the light”–food is truly medicine. Why did it take me so long to embrace this truth? I’ve come to accept that we humans are, well, a bit set in our ways and changes are made only when we’re ready and not before.
Today’s North American diet is truly killing people. Packaged foods contain chemicals, preservatives, and all sorts of nasty ingredients. Why do we eat them? Because we can; they’re cheap, fast, and satisfying. Our bodies have been programmed–yes, programmed!–to crave those fries, that double decker burger, those cheese balls, that Diet Coke.
I have always struggled with emotional eating. I eat when I’m sad; I eat when I’m happy. Food = love, comfort. So for years I, too, ate fast food regularly; I always ate potato chips which I still crave, but I’m learning slowly that the changes I’m making in my food choices are giving me results I’ve desired for years–weight loss, more energy, and less body pain–three huge issues I’ve wrestled with for far too many years. Continue reading
Chronic stress is a silent killer. It causes adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue creates a constant elevation of cortisol levels. As your cortisol levels remain high (an unnatural state for your body), eventually your body is unable to regulate them all. This compromises your immune system and triggers chronic inflammation, which leads to disease and the gradual inability to produce these essential hormones at all. Every living being on earth deals with stress day after day. The effects of chronic stress put our bodies in danger. Fortunately, adrenal fatigue is reversible with changes in diet, exercise, and mind-body therapy such as yoga or meditation. People with adrenal fatigue tend to be vitamin deficient so adding living food (not processed) to our diet can improve vitamin levels quickly.* Continue reading
Another month has vanished. Day by day I’m returning to…what? My former self? No, not really. A new and improved woman? No, Rebecca is still as we left her….but, there are some changes afoot. You know the expression “it’s all about me”? Well, 30+ days have been all about me, that’s for sure! Self-care takes up most of my day but that’s how it is. I’m learning to accept that the bounce-back takes time; lots of time. Continue reading
It’s been almost a month since my last entry but today is the first opportunity I’ve had to actually sit down and write this post so grab some liquid refreshment, head for your most comfy chair, and prepare for an unbelievable story. Continue reading