Plants are the Best Medicine- Adele Week 5

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I scheduled my overdue annual physical on the day of my 6 month Nutritarian anniversary (January 30th).  I went to my doctor’s appointment this week wearing a shirt that read, “Plants are the best medicine”.  The first thing my doctor commented on was my weight loss.  My blood pressure was 116/70.  I have previously tested as pre-diabetic for the last two years.  I got my blood work done that day to see if I am still pre-diabetic.  Results:  My blood work came back normal and I am no longer pre-diabetic!!!  I have changed my life and my health by changing what I eat.  Nutritarian Style!  This week, I weighed in at 179 pounds!  Since I started eating Nutritarian I have removed 30 pounds from my body without exercise.  This is a big deal.  I have no memory of when the last time I weighed this.  I think it must be 20 years ago!  Wow!  

Exercise Time

My life has changed since I decided to leave my electronics downstairs when I go up to bed.  This new habit has helped me fall asleep earlier, get more sleep and avoid snacking.  I am no longer tired during the day!  Yay!  Good news is I started moving this week.  One morning I walked 4 miles on my treadmill!  I couldn’t believe I had the energy to do that.  Also, I got a Yoga mat!  I am going to give Yoga a try.  The first and only time I did Yoga, a friend took me to her awesome Lifetime Fitness gym.  I made it through the Yoga class and thought, “That was not bad at all!”.  Then I discovered one of the benefits of Yoga and my body was terribly sore for the next two days. Ouch!  Yoga is a great workout and I am looking forward to it now.  I am putting my brave suit on, stepping out of my comfort zone and throwing myself into Yoga!

Meal Time

I was challenged this week to come up with a game plan for the coming week.  My meal plan is that I have no set plan.  I buy a ton of fruits, veggies and beans and I eat them any way and any how!  I simply make smoothies, raw veggies or salads and roasted veggies or chili.  This week I tried a new salad dressing called Vegan Garlic Tahini Dressing from The Whole Food Plant Based Cooking Show on YouTube.  It was different than what I was used to but the more I ate it, the more I loved it.  I didn’t feel like eating a salad every day, so I ate a plate of raw veggies with this tasty dressing.  My favorite new recipe this week was Blueberry Banana Nice Cream!  Where have you been all my life?  Wow!  It was so sweet and delicious!   For next week, I have challenged myself to have a set meal plan.  I am excited to try several new recipes from Eat to Live Daily.  

TTLA Sandwich has Competition

I enjoyed my weekly lunch at Whole Foods. I had only one TTLA (Tempeh, Tomato, Lettuce and Avocado) sandwich with a yummy salad.  I ate half my sandwich, then my whole salad and finished the last half of my TTLA sandwich.  I enjoyed my sandwich but the weird thing is, I was most looking forward to the fresh blueberries on my salad!  What is wrong with me?  I might be getting over my TTLA sandwich obsession!  

My Most Favorite Cinnamon Cake

This week has been filled with happy moments like my 6 month Nutritarian anniversary, my doctor’s appointment, test results, weight loss and exercise.  I have reached the point that I am comfortable with no snacking.  Yay!  I am able to resist SAD foods and SAD food has stopped screaming at me.  It’s more like a quiet voice saying “Hey, I am here”.  Well, that was until my husband came home from the store with a boat load of sugar items for Super Bowl Sunday and beautiful flowers for me.  He actually bought my most favorite cinnamon cake that we have not had in a while.  In the past, I have not been able to resist this cinnamon cake and I usually eat the whole thing by myself!  I was freaking out and so uncomfortable having my most favorite cinnamon cake in the house.  At this critical moment, I put on my plant armor, reached out to my Eat to Live Accountability Group and then went up to bed.  Posting in our group is like a life line in situations like this!  I felt like I was not alone.   I can remember very clearly the last time I ate cinnamon cake.  I was mourning every bite and telling myself that I would not be eating this cake again.  I told myself, this cinnamon cake would not taste good. My healthy taste buds would not like it, it would taste too sweet and I would feel sick.  I am so glad I did that!  I realized I was uncomfortable with having the cinnamon cake in the house because I have not been able to resist it yet.  A couple months ago I could not resist it.  But I realized that I am not the same person I was a few short months ago. I have resisted MANY sugar foods since then and many SAD food temptations. I am stronger and healthier than I was then. Also, I realized just because the cinnamon cake or any SAD food is in the house (instead of out of sight) does NOT give me permission to eat it!

The Morning After

I woke up the next morning and stared at my most favorite cinnamon cake that has been screaming at me since my husband brought it home.  I just stared at it for a while.  I was calm and I had no intention of eating it.  I took it out and took a deep breath in, smelling all the sweetness and yummy cinnamon.  Images of my dad popped in my head.  Hospice Care.  His suffering from Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure and Cognitive Decline.  His final days.  His death.  His love for me.  I hear you Dad.  Thank you.  I put the cinnamon cake back untouched.  It was an emotional and powerful moment.  I am at peace now.  No more screaming.  No more cinnamon cake.  No more ouchies. The next thing I know, my daughter brings me an apple and says, “Have this apple instead Mom!  I washed it for you.  It tastes so much better than that cake.”  She speaks the truth.  Thank you for “listening”.

About the Author:

Elisha is the founder of the Eat to Live Support Group on Facebook, a community of 30k plus whole-food, plant-based eaters. Elisha began blogging about this lifestyle in 2010 after discovering that it was a treatment for years of yo-yo dieting and disordered eating. Today she is a mentor to thousands who are striving to adopt this lifestyle.

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