This has been a good week for me. A busy one. I am on track with my workouts and my diet and will likely do my cholesterol test next Friday. That should give me a good idea of where I am at with all of this. I feel quite confident that I will have improved. Since the surgery, I have been paying close attention to labels and the dietary information listed on them. As stated before, I had improved my diet considerably prior to the discovery of the heart blockage…but now that I am pursuing optimum health….I am far more conscious of what I am putting in my body.
I was thinking the other day of when I was younger how we would can fruits and veggies. We would do Salmon bakes (my grandfather was a fisherman, so we fortunately had some fine fare awarded to us) and we would pull out the mason jars and load them up so that we could have salmon all winter. We would smoke the salmon as well…and let me tell you, there is nothing like fresh salmon jerky. We had a garden in our yard that yielded fresh veggies and a cherry tree. I can recall eating so many cherries at times that it would leave me feeling a bit queasy shall we say. We would pick strawberries out at the farms in the summer as well. Every summer we went to the Okanagan to bring back a ton of fresh fruit for canning purposes. There was always a rhythm to our year in this regard. Certain foods were available at certain times of the year…that was just how it was. And we enjoyed, and still do, such an abundance.
So my question is this…when did we forget how to eat and how to cook? I look at the way our society eats today, particularly our children, and it is frightening to think what we are putting into our systems. For a good 15 years of my life I ate atrociously bad foods…and I was lucky…we found the problem before it became a problem.
This transition back into a healthy lifestyle as been fabulous. The energy that I have, the enlightened moods, the absolute joy in movement….I wonder why I spurned that to begin with. It isn’t easy starting off…particularly if you have a considerable amount of weight to lose. And in truth, the ‘junk’ food does have an addictive quality to it. For anyone wanting to change their lifestyle, I would certainly encourage them to embrace the diet and exercise regime. There are so many ‘quick’ fixes out there regarding weight loss, but the one thing you have to first understand is why you have put the weight on in the first place. If you don’t deal with that aspect of it…then you will likely yoyo…and that can be very hard on the system.
This, by the way, has nothing to do with aspiring to be a size zero…that is the craziest thing I think I have ever heard. This is about being healthy. If you are healthy…in every regard….this pertains to those who are underweight as well…if you are healthy in every regard (physical, mental, spiritual, sexual) you will look and feel fabulous.
I hope everyone enjoys their day…