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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Getting back on track

The new year got me thinking about what goals I have for 2011 and the ones I let slip in 2010. After my wedding in October I went crazy with food and reverted completely back to my old ways of eating processed foods. I am now paying the price, not only have I gained a whole 10kg, my energy levels had dropped completely and my thyroid problem has doubled. Time to take this diet and lifestyle thing seriously.

Leading up to my wedding I became completely obsessed with diet and exercise and my main goal was to loose weight and I didn't care how I did it. I did the lemon detox diet which involves not eating for 7 days! By the time my wedding came around, I had lost 22kg and felt quite good. Still about 5kg off my initial goal, but I didn't let it spoil my day and it was fabulous!

So why did I let myself go straight afterwards, I swore I never would... I think the pressure of leading up to a major event contributed.

Its also time to admit that I have a food addiction. About a year ago my natropath told me that I needed to completely give up sugar and processed foods because I was addicted. I'm not one of those people that can have a piece of chocolate and stop at just one or two. On a standard diet, I also never felt full, I could eat and eat and still feel hungry.

I now know that I wasn't actually 'hungry' I was depleted of nutrients and my body is telling me that there is something missing. Thats why I ate so much.

This week I have started eating a 100% Raw Vegan diet, and I really struggle to fit in all that I have planned in my daily menu. Its amazing how much less food I am consuming, but how much more satisfied I feel. My body is finally getting the nourishment it has been craving. I don't feel at all deprived, I'm loving the food. The biggest surprise is that I'm not missing coffee like I thought I would. I'm drinking herbal tea and making sure I have some in my bag so if I go visit someone, I'm prepared. Its not hard at all, I've had no bad side effects like headaches etc either. Cool!

So for me, the best option was to commit 100% instead of 80/20 which is what I was trying earlier. Completely eliminating other foods from my diet has helped. I think where I went wrong was using the other 20% to eat junk. In the future I may choose to eat some cooked veg, but thats as far as I'm straying.

1 comment:

  1. Simone, you are an inspiration to me. I know how hard you worked to lose the weight and to get fit before your wedding. I certainly couldn't have committed to it like you did. This post has inspired me even more. I find it daunting to start a raw food diet even though I would love to. Sharing the info that you do makes it so much easier for me to at least put one foot on that path. Keep up the great blogging and all the best with your new healthy lifestyle. I'll be here for you every step of the way!