Clothing and accessories express who we are without saying a word. When we wear what we know looks best on us, it can lift our spirits and put a little strut in our walk.
The previous posts for this week included my best tips for what to put on your body. A much more important thing to consider is what to put in your body. I started blogging almost seven years ago after I lost about forty-five pounds. I have kept it off for the first time in my life. Until then, I had been in a battle with my weight and poor health since high school.
By the time I was fifty-four, I was pre-diabetic, had high cholesterol, high blood pressure, a fatty liver, and it was painful to walk even in tennis shoes because all of my joints ached. I took several costly medications daily and had an appointment with a specialist of some type almost weekly.
I was so profoundly depressed that just getting dressed for the day could bring me to tears. I remember thinking many times; this is how growing old feels. In the spring of 2011, I discovered that it was not my age, but what I was eating made me sick and fat.
When I removed meat, cheese, oil, eggs, all dairy, and all processed foods from my diet and replaced them with whole grains, greens, beans, vegetables, and fruits, my body started to heal itself within days. It took about twenty-one days to break my addictions to sugar, fat, and salt. The excess weight came off over the next few months without being hungry or going to the gym every day. Most importantly, my body began to replace the damaged cells and a weakened immune system with healthy ones.
I am now sixty-one and take no medications. My weight has stayed at about 145 for more than six years. I have not even had a cold during that time. A once a year check-up is now the only doctor visit for me.
I wish the same good health and an active body for you and those you love. Changing your diet can indeed change your life.