Although it’s hard to feel happy and thankful when dealing with various health conditions, there are things upon which I can reflect and feel very thankful as a result of these conditions. Thanksgiving is the perfect time for this reflection. The following are things for which I’ve learned to be thankful. Read More →

You’re feeling ill and dealing with numerous health issues. Could your diet be to blame? Could going vegan or Paleo help? What about eliminating GMOs or eating only organic foods? What about cutting out all packaged and processed foods? I truly believe that the only diet that helps is the one that gives your body what it needs, no matter what type of diet it is or what types of food it contains. It’s the diet that works for you as an individual. Below is what I’ve found that works best for me, at least so far. Read More →

My first day gluten-free was on September 11, 2012. I recall the actual day itself being pretty uneventful. That night and the days following, I began to notice such a huge difference in how I felt that I knew gluten, or wheat at least, was a problem for me. Over the years, I’ve had to deal with so many ups, downs, and issues trying to get my health where it needs to be. Read More →

Before I went gluten-free, I had found a delicious and easy baked beans recipe in one of my church cookbooks.  I made it several times, and everyone who tried the beans seemed to love them.  I always added more bacon and peppers than the recipe called for, and I think that made them even more delicious.  Read More →

Why would the four of these things make up the title of a blog post? They’re the latest things I’ve suspected and determined were causing me to have allergen exposure issues. I’ve felt better since dealing with each of these things, so chances seem high that these really were issues, but knowing how crazy these things seem, I’m still a little skeptical. Time will tell. Read More →

I’m a hot chocolate addict!

I’m a cold-natured person, and I love warming up with a mug of hot chocolate. I’ve bought packets from mainstream brands like Swiss Miss and specialty brands like NibMor. For a long time, I even made it myself with two parts sugar to one part cocoa powder in a mug of hot water. Hot chocolate is one of my favorite beverages, but I have to be careful due to cocoa’s high copper content. I discovered a very different experience with one brand of hot cocoa mix over another, and each had very similar ingredients. Read More →

My nutrition “helpers” when needed

Due to balancing copper and zinc in my diet, my body began rejecting my supplement regimen because it was now too much. I had to make drastic changes to my regimen in order to prevent the symptoms that the excess supplementation was causing, like fatigue and severe acne. I believe I have finally settled on a good regimen and am hoping to remain settled on it. Read More →

April 2007

This month, I celebrate ten years since I began my weight-loss journey.  Back in April 2007, I was disappointed in my body and the way I looked, and I resolved to find a way to change it.  I’d been working out sporadically and inconsistently except for on Saturday mornings, and I resolved to try fitting in a morning workout every day.  I started with 8-minute Tae-Bo workouts and went from there.  I gradually worked in dietary changes and added longer, more intense workouts.  Over a three-year period, I dropped around 40 pounds and for the most part have been able to maintain it.  I’ve recently put on about five pounds, which I believe is due to my dietary changes to balance copper and zinc.  Getting those balanced has forced changes in other areas, like my supplement regimen, and these drastic changes I

April 2017, taken after my intense morning workout

believe have had an impact on my weight.  I’m hoping I can still maintain a decent weight for years to come by maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen.  Shortly after I started my blog, I posted about my weight loss, which I had accomplished before I went gluten-free.  If your body tolerates wheat and gluten, then you do not need to go gluten-free to lose weight.  Burning more calories than you consume is what will ultimately allow you to lose weight.  Eating a healthy, balanced diet will give you the fuel you need to get through your workouts and help you to do all that you need to do throughout your day.  Also, indulging occasionally in treats you love should not derail your efforts.  It will keep you from feeling deprived.

 

 

 

Here is my original post on my weight loss, I Didn’t Need the Gluten Free Diet to Lose Weight.