A few days ago after seeing rave reviews all over my favorite Paleo sites for "It Starts With Food" I downloaded a copy to my Nook. It doesn't matter how many times I read about the effects of food on the hormones in our body, I learn something new each time, and get angrier.
I know that anger is not the best way to react to any situation, but seriously, it pisses me off that I have been under the assumption for 25+ years that there was something wrong with ME. That I had no willpower and was just destined to be a big girl, always. It pisses me off that I have been told lie after lie about what is healthy for my body, as in; producing a healthy hormonal response and getting the proper nutrients. IT REALLY pisses me off that there are people out there creating foods to take advantage of the bodies internal feedback loops (in the worst possible way by appealing to sugar, fat, and salt receptors) so that we actually crave more of these incredibly addictive, nutrient-lacking, "foodstuffs" we are trapping our bodies further in a no-win battle.
In many ways its a relief to know this information. I can now look at many items found everyday in the Standard American Diet and see them for what they really are: hormonal upsetters and nutrient lacking. With food, it really is black and white. A food is either working for you, or its working against you. As the book points out, there are no food "Switzerlands." That sure makes it easy for me to know what I should put in my mouth and what I shouldn't. The foods I eat will not have any labels claiming health. In fact, the majority of the food I eat doesn't have a label at all. While this information may not seem like anything groundbreaking to people that have always maintained a trim figure, I'm telling you, being on the large side makes you constantly think about and become an "expert" on "health food." Little did I know, no expertise was needed. Just some open eyes and common sense.
Today marks my first 8 week check point with Intermittent Fasting! Luckily for me, the workout at the gym was one that we periodically do to test our progress: Burping Sumo. 21-15-9 of Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (65#) and Burpees. The last time we did this was April 3, and my time was 5:44. That was a 1:20 PR for me from my January time, and I was SO happy about that. I knew today I would not be seeing that large of an improvement, because honestly, on a 6 minute workout, how much can you continue to knock off? I was just aiming to beat my previous time. I beat it by 10 full seconds (5:34). I'm pretty excited about that, and tomorrow I plan to test my deadlift max and see how my pull-ups are coming along.
My next focus will be on my leptin levels- I need to quit with the Nook/iPhone/TV watching at night and let my bodies natural processes take place.
75 days until the wedding- SH*T JUST GOT REAL, Y'ALL.