After two weeks of mostly sticking to a gluten and dairy-free diet, I have to admit that I am feeling a significant difference in my health. I know that if I had gone at this with a 100% commitment, I would probably be able to change the word "significant" to "gigantic". I don't have any good excuse, and I'm a little annoyed at myself for cheating (mostly on the weekend when access to organic foods that fit the diet protocol was not readily available). But for the most part, the difference was considerable enough to make me want to continue the experiment indefinitely.
Billy did ultimately decide to give up dairy for a while to see if it made a difference in his conditioning, as his MMA coach suggested. We went to dinner at Applebee's one night this week and chose menu items that fit our dietary requirements, and both agreed that our meals weren't bad at all. I decided on a grilled shrimp and rice dinner with steamed veggies, and he chose a burger sans cheese. I was proud of our smart decisions. Billy has reported that he is noticing less congestion, so I hope he sticks to it. I know two weddings we have coming up in the next couple weeks will present a challenge, and I can't say with confidence that we will make it through without succumbing to the usual celebratory feasts. But we are on the right track at least.
Besides celebrations, the other roadblock I see is finances. All those specialty food items and supplements don't come cheap. It helps that I get a discount from my workplace. But even with employee pricing, I'm pretty sure that a monthly supply of these things is out of the question. So I'm going to have to pick and choose what's most important. Deb and the other girls at the store have the knowledge and experience to help me determine what should be on the "must have" list. As for food, it's going to be up to me to continue making better choices. Because I am already aware of smarter options, I don't really have any reason not to choose them. My own desires for "want" over "should have" continue to cause me problems.
The stress factor is another problem in my continuing quest for a healthier lifestyle. I've been under a lot of it lately, and it seems that no matter how hard I try, I tend to break down and turn to food when times get especially rough. It's not that I down a pint of Ben & Jerry's or eat a whole pizza when I'm feeling down. It's more like I shove aside my knowledge of what's good for me and settle for whatever's around at the moment. For example, this Sunday morning I was hungry for breakfast but instead of reaching for eggs and gluten-free toast (both in my fridge), I opted for the more convenient and comforting cereal with milk. Stress just seems to switch my brain-not entirely off-but into somewhat of a sleep-mode. I've been continuously working on doing things that alleviate stress, but sometimes I just get too overwhelmed.
On a good note, I'm still really into my yoga practice and that seems to be the one thing I'm able to truly commit to right now. And my sweet mom just made my year by getting me a very early birthday gift (my birthday is not until May!) of more classes. So that's ten more weeks of yoga I can enjoy. I'm also continuing my workouts and Tai Chi. My scale's batteries died recently and not weighing myself daily has been frustrating but also somewhat liberating. If I do replace the batteries, I think I'm going to try only weighing myself once a week. I have noticed that some of my clothes are feeling a little looser, so who knows. Maybe the small diet changes combined with not playing the numbers game is helping. Only time, and a little extra effort, will tell.
Published On: March 15, 2011