Health Motivation from Spiegleworld’s Empire acrobatic show

Last night, I was brought to react-out-loud awe of the human body potential. My boyfriend surprised me with Spiegelworld’s Empire show, described to me as erotic acrobats. It also happened to be hilarious.

Between moments of “wow!” and “oh!” I found myself reflecting a few times that these people are not only physically beautiful but the way they move is extraordinary – meanwhile, I was shifting in my seat uncomfortable near the end of the show. I can’t even sit while these people are balancing and twirling in impossible ways.

Up until now, I’ve been walking for physical and mental health with the occasional bodyweight strength session. I’ve focused more on food because I believed including something unhealthy was worse that excluding something healthy. This show was a bit of a reality check on how out of shape I really let myself get these past few years, and how detrimental that’s really become.

Today, I’ve got my Fitbit on and sweat through Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis level 2 on top of a healthy breakfast and lunch. I was settling for “good enough” but I realize now that’s actually not good enough for me. I have renewed motivation to be comfortable and strong. And sexy 😉

Introvert Birthday Survival

My mother always said the birthday party isn’t for the person celebrating the birthday – it’s for all the guests. My brother hated birthday cake but she served cake for everyone else. So for many years, I trudged through overwhelming parties plastered with a smile, counting down the minutes until I could be alone again.

As an adult, I finally gained control and a new perspective: birthdays are an excuse to be selfish. Our society encourages it and I’m happy about having a “me” day as long as it doesn’t mean everyone’s looking at me. I’m fast approaching a milestone birthday, the big 3-0, and I’m happy to report the loved ones in my life know just how to make it special.

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Introvert Weight Loss How To

I’ve tried a lot of weight loss advice I later realized was intended for extroverts. The last of these was trying out DietBet which has been proven to be very effective… but I realize now that the comment forum and competition made it uncomfortable and stressful and ultimately backfired for me, actually gaining weight over the 4 weeks. Likewise, I’m a long-time member of SparkPeople, but I’ve given up on trying to benefit from the supportive community I hear so much about because it just ends up being work for me, rewarded only with vague encouragement I don’t quite buy.

Ok, so maybe I’m a particularly jaded loner, but I have a feeling other introverts have come across the same problem: why are all these proven tools harming my efforts instead of helping them?

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Zucchini & Carmelized Turmeric (AIP)~

Yum, carmelized always gets me!

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There’s a zucchini theme emerging here.

And not just because it’s summer~.

Why We Eat So Much Yellow Zucchini

Matthew started Aglaée Jacob’s gut healing protocol (as described in her book Digestive Health with REAL Food) three months ago.

For the first two months, the only carbohydrates he ate were carrots & spinach.

Zucchini with Turmeric 2Aglaée recommends starting with four vegetables, but as one of them isn’t Autoimmune Protocol legal, and he had trouble with another, that left two: carrots & spinach.

As I’ve outlined in previous posts, Aglaée’s protocol helped reduce his mysterious nausea symptoms when nothing else would.

(And to be clear, Aglaée doesn’t recommend staying on an extremely restrictive elimination phase for more than 8 weeks. Matthew’s just kept at because he feels worse off it).

Then, with the help of Matthew’s Functional Medicine Doctor, we developed a new hypothesis about his debilitating nausea: perhaps it’s related…

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Sugar-Free Living Update 7 Weeks In

I was very hopeful when I eliminated sugar from my diet 7 weeks ago. I’m a sweet freak so I knew it would be hard but I also thought that may mean it would be even more rewarding. My cravings were better after the first week, my skin was clearer, and I found myself no longer blowing my nose several times a day. My sweet freakness would not be denied too long, though, as I found myself overeating fruit and nuts. And then, feeling trapped in a very stressful weekend, I cracked and ate cookies.

I have a few theories why I didn’t feel much better otherwise going without sugar, grains, dairy, soy, corn, legumes, or alcohol. First, I have very low iron stores which can cause the fatigue, headaches, and depression. Though I’m taking a lot of supplements, recovering from iron deficiency can take 6 months. Second, I may have been eating foods that I’m sensitive to still, like chocolate (100% cocoa), coffee, nuts, and eggs. In fact, when I did an IgG test 3 years ago, I reacted to almonds and egg whites.

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