Author: Keesha

Loving My Natural Tresses

Loving My Natural Tresses

loving my natural hair
Cheeeezzzzz! It’s a Kodak moment!

It’s been four (4) whole years since I last applied relaxers to my hair. My journey has been one of many ups and downs but there is nothing that could make me go back to the creamy crack right now. I must admit that I have been tempted to along the way but when I really think about it, I always end up preferring to keep my natural hair. And here is why I love my natural hair so much.

  1. I love the way my natural hair feels – Yep, I  absolutely love the way my natural hair feels in my hands. I love the thickness and the “life” that I feel whenever I touch my tresses. I get that feeling of good health and vitality and strength especially when I wash my hair. It just feels good to feel the thickness as I run my hands through while cleaning each section. I can’t really find the right words to explain the feeling but those of you who wash your own natural hair may be able to relate to what I’m saying. You have to experience this feeling for yourself to know exactly what I am talking about.
  2. I love the way my natural hair looks – I hate seeing thin, limpless hair. I love to see hair with body and lots of life and bounce. That’s how my hair looks these days and I am so happy for this. I have naturally thick hair but when I used to relax it, there were times that I couldn’t even tell that my hair was thick. It had become thin and damaged and the ends were stringy and limp. I hated seeing my hair that way. Since I’ve embraced my natural hair once again, I have my thickness back. It’s funny how people used to make fun of thick hair when I was a child. It was the worst thing to have thick hair because it meant broken combs, painful detangling sessions, fear of wash days and teasing from schoolmates. Nowadays, having thick natural hair is something to be desired. Just like how thick lips used to be scorned and now everybody wants thicker lips. Thank God I have these naturally! And that I have learned to appreciate myself the way God made me.
  3. I love the natural hair compliments that I receive – Yesterday I received what I consider the best compliment that a natural sister can get. A sister who was wearing a blonde wig smiled and told me that she loved my hair. I was flattered. It felt truly good to hear those words coming from someone who wasn’t natural herself. And I now receive compliments about my hair on a regular basis. I really appreciate these compliments because God knows that I have put lots of effort into getting my hair in the shape that it is now in. For a very long time in my natural hair journey I struggled with dryness and breakage. I couldn’t figure out why my hair was breaking so badly and I spent several months trying to get my hair back. Because I had been creaming my hair for so long, I really didn’t know how to take care of my natural hair. Now I know so much more. Experience is the greatest teacher.
  4. I love the health of my natural hair – It is true. A woman’s hair is her glory. If her hair doesn’t look good, she doesn’t feel good. And for your hair to look good, it must be healthy. Once upon a time, I would trade health for length but not anymore. The most important thing for me is to have a healthy head of hair on my head regardless of the length. If it’s short, it can be healthy. If it’s long, it can be healthy. Although I have had to sacrifice length for health, I am still happy. Now that I know what it takes to keep my hair looking healthy, maybe I can now focus a little more on length. Then again, if it’s healthy, it’s likely to get longer without me even trying. So maybe I won’t worry about length too much.

Wearing my hair in its natural state makes me feel good. It makes me look good and I feel comfortable with what God blessed me with. I no longer have the urge to alter the chemical makeup of my hair. I like it just the way it is. Naturally :)!

 

Wheat Begone!

wheat dietHi guys. It’s been awhile, I know. But I’ve been pre-occupied with “stuff”. That’s life I guess. Anyway, I haven’t gone anywhere and I have decided to update you guys on what’s going on with me and the wheat diet that I embarked upon some months back.

Well, first let me just say that I have slacked off heavily in the past month or so. I mean I’ve been eating all sorts of sandwiches and roti and bread and patties. Oh my goodness, I gave myself one inch, but my appetite went and took a whole mile! That’s why I believe that this wheat business is all or nothing. A little bit of wheat will end up being a whole lot of wheat and before you know it, you have become what you used to be – a wheat guzzling, stomach protruding, foggy-brained, miserable person!

I should have had a plan to prevent this from happening but I didn’t. It all started when my sister-in-law came to visit us for a few days. Of course, as the host, I was responsible for meal preparation. Since I had cut out wheat from my diet and from my family’s diet, I had no wheat in the house. Neither did I purchase any wheat when I went shopping. After a few days of no wheat at all, my sister-in-law began to ask questions. “Ahm, you guys don’t eat bread?”, “Can we have black forest cake for dessert today?”. That was it! She had me at “black forest”! How did this woman know my weakness? If there was one thing that could get me off the wheat diet without a fight, it was black forest cake.  I am ashamed to admit it but I caved in without a fight. Like a moth to the fire, I headed straight to the supermarket and purchased some of that delicious black forest cake made by Mega Mart. And I did enjoy that dessert that day.

And on and on it went until I found myself buying bread and other wheat products regularly. Am I really that weak? In fairness to myself, I believe I succumbed to the desire to be a good host. I didn’t want to impose my diet upon my sister-in-law and I wanted her to feel comfortable while she was staying at my place for a few weeks. So I justified my behavior and tried to console myself that it would only last for a few weeks – no biggie. I figured that I could easily get back to my wheat-free lifestyle as soon as her visit ended.

Did I get back to my wheat-free lifestyle when her visit ended? No, I didn’t. Did I try to get back to my wheat-free lifestyle after my sister-in-law left? Yes, yes I did! Did it work. NO, NO it didn’t! In fact, it was near impossible since by now both my son and my husband had gotten accustomed to having wheat again and were even demanding it. What was I supposed to do? It was too much pressure!

But I have taken a stand. I have put my foot down. Because at the end of the day, it is MY health and MY family’s health that are at stake here. Going back on wheat made me realize how negatively wheat had been affecting me and my family all along. As soon as I started to eat wheat regularly again, my sinusitis issues returned, I had brain fog like you wouldn’t imagine, I felt tired even after getting a full night’s rest and of course my stomach started to protrude again like I was a few month’s pregnant. Disgusting!

I don’t want to live like this. I don’t want my family to live like this. So, guess what? I am back on my wheat free diet starting today! No more wheat! Absolutely none! Not even just a little bit because that thing is really addictive! It really is like a drug and so much of the world is addicted to wheat and don’t even realize it! Wheat is slowly killing so many people and they have no idea why they feel so off. Many people would never even think of wheat affecting them negatively but then ignorance is a hell of a thing.

We hear it every day that whole wheat is good for you and that it’s the way to eat healthily and on and on and on. But it’s not necessarily true for everybody. I know for me that my body does not do well on wheat. My brain does not do well on wheat and that whole wheat is the worst thing for me to have. It’s almost like slow poisoning myself. Okay, poisoning may be a little dramatic but you get the point.

So, wheat is out, health is in! Anybody with me?

What’s Your Biological Age?

Me biological agePeople often tell me that I look younger than I actually am. When I tell some people my age, they swear that I’m lying. I must admit that I do not look like I am 41 years old. But I don’t think it has anything to do with genes or anything like that. I think it has a lot to do with my every day lifestyle choices. I was thrilled today to learn that my biological age is actually 26! That’s 11 years younger than I actually am! That makes me feel so good. It’s okay to look younger than your age but I think the more important thing is how old you are biologically. How much the cells in your body have aged. Because the truth is that we are all aging every single day. It’s just that some persons age slower than others because of their choices.

So what’s your biological age? You can find out your biological age here by just answering a few questions about your lifestyle. It pays to stay active and to get lots of sleep and to eat right. The more active you are, the more you sleep, and the healthier your food choices, the younger your biological age will be. Even if you find out that your biological age is more than your actual age, there are practical things that you can do to improve it such as incorporating more exercise into your daily schedule, getting sufficient sleep, having a support group and eating a balanced and highly nutritious diet. You can also quit unhealthy habits such as smoking or drinking too much alcohol or even eating too many sweets.

Now I must admit that for me, I sometimes stay up too late working and I also tend to eat very badly sometimes. So those are areas that I definitely need to work on.

From a young age, I had an interest in staying fit and that interest has never waned. If I go several weeks without doing any physical exercise I start to have backaches and my sinusitis tends to flare up. Then I know that it’s definitely time for a workout. So I try to always get some exercise in, even just 15 minutes per day is better than nothing.  No I don’t have the time to go to the gym so I work out at home mostly.

Thank God for blessing me with good health so that I can exercise and stay physically fit. As a matter of fact, I have recently started doing those Insanity workouts! Let me tell you, they are tough! But at the end of the session I feel revitalized and refreshed. Being a type O blood type also, I thrive on vigorous workouts. But exercise not only makes you feel better. It makes you age slower and it makes you look better as well. With all the benefits of exercise why would I allow laziness to rob me of all those great benefits? Why would you allow laziness to rob you of all the great benefits of exercise. Some time ago, my motive for exercising was mostly for looks. Now that I’m older, looks still matter but my health comes first. Because the fact is that I can look like a million bucks but still be unhealthy. Which means doctors visits which means unnecessary spending and unnecessary stress. Things I would rather do without.

When I started this blog, my emphasis was on being ‘fabulous’. Now my emphasis is more on being ‘fit’ but at the end of the day I want both. Let’s lift our glasses to fitness and ‘fabulousness’! Cheers!

FREE Thrive Thanksgiving Giveaway!

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Well, thanksgiving is just a day away and I’m feeling very generous. So I have decided to run a giveaway of my beloved Level Thrive products! Two (2) very lucky persons will get the chance to win a FREE 3 day sample of Thrive products! Winners will receive a pack of our Premium Lifestyle Women’s capsules, a pack of our Premium Lifestyle men’s capsules, 1 packet of Thrive Premium Lifestyle Protein Shake Mix and 2 trendy DFT patches to complete this awesome package.

Thrive Sample Mail Out

The Thrive Premium Lifestyle capsules are an all-natural, premium, naturopathic formula of vitamins, minerals, plant extracts, antioxidants, enzymes, probiotics and amino acids.

Our delicious  protein shake mix provides weight management, fitness and lean muscle support. And our trendy, patent-pending DFT patches provide a time released formula that supports weight management, mental clarity and appetite control all day long!

So here’s what you need to do to be eligible to win Thrive for free today! Entries must be in by 11:59pm (EST) tonight, Wednesday November 25, 2015 in order to qualify. The giveaway is only applicable to those living in the USA.

  1. You need to fill out the contact form below. In the subject line, type “Thanksgiving promotion” and in the comments section indicate that you would like to be entered into the Thrive Thanksgiving Promotion.
  2. Like my fan page on Facebook. Click here to go to my fan page or simply click the “Follow me on Facebook” button to your right.

That’s it! The two (2) lucky winners will be notified by email and will also be announced on this website by tomorrow by 8am (EST). Bookmark this page to keep track of your entries. Sample packages will be mailed to both winners.

Go ahead and get your entry in now! It’s your time to THRIVE! Good luck everyone!

 

Best Gluten-Free Protein Powder for Weight Management

Best Gluten-Free Protein Powder for Weight Management

If you are trying to lose weight healthily, you need to consider including a gluten-free protein shake as an essential part of your health and fitness regime. There are many benefits to using a protein shake, but if you have gluten sensitivity, you need to take a shake that does not contain any gluten.

Gluten sensitivity symptoms include constant bloating and gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea and abdominal cramping. Since most foods which are made from wheat contain gluten, eliminating wheat from your diet may help to alleviate the symptoms associated with gluten sensitivity. Apart from being annoying, these issues can really hamper your weight loss efforts. This is why it is essential to use a gluten-free protein powder if you choose to use a protein shake as part of your health regime.

The best gluten-free protein powder for both men and women is hands down, the Thrive Premium Lifestyle Shake Mix which is available in delicious vanilla and chocolate flavours. Hmmmm, if you love chocloate then you’ll definitely love this gluten-free protein shake mix.

Thrive gulten-free Premium Lifestyle Shake Mix
Thrive gluten-free Premium Lifestyle Shake Mix

Apart from being gluten-free, the Thrive Premium Lifestyle Mix is ultra micronized. All this means is that it won’t clump up like other protein mixes when you try to mix it. It mixes very easily and you end up with a very smooth, very delicious protein mix. It is delicious by itself but if you feel like making a smoothie, you can add your favourite fruits to it and blend it for a treat for your taste buds.

The Thrive Premium Lifestyle Mix is a nutrient-dense formula that is formulated to provide lean muscle support and to aide in your weight-loss efforts. While men usually take protein shakes to gain muscles, women use protein shakes to help with weight loss.

This delicious, gluten-free protein mix is also infused with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, plant extracts, enzymes, amino acids and probiotics. So it is going to provide you with everything your body needs to maintain or build muscle mass as well as support digestion and gut health.  Have this protein shake mix once per day and you are well on your way to having a great day.

The probiotics will definitely help to balance the bacteria in your stomach so that you have fewer intestinal issues such as bloating or gas or constipation and diarrhea. Here is a delicious recipe that you can try using the Thrive Premium Lifestyle Shake Mix:

Ingredients

8 oz. Almond Milk

1 scoop Thrive Premium Lifestyle Protein Shake Mix

1 Banana or any fruit of your choice

A few ice cubes

Method

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!

Thrive gluten-free Shake Mix smoothie
Thrive gluten-free Shake Mix smoothie…delicious!

For the best results, the Thrive gluten-free Premium Lifestyle Shake Mix should be used along with the Thrive Premium Lifestyle Capsules and the Thrive DFT patches.

Learn More About Thrive Premium Lifestyle Shake Mix

Contact me for a 3-day sample pack (US$20) which contains 1 packet of the Thrive Premium Lifestyle Protein Shake Mix, 2 packets of the Premium Lifestyle Capsules (1 female pack, 1 male pack) and 2 trendy DFT patches. Please use the word “Sample” in the subject when you complete the form.

NB: Samples are only available for persons in the USA and Canada

Total Life Changes (TLC) Launches in Jamaica!

Total Life Changes (TLC) Launches in Jamaica!

TLC Total Life Changes launches in Jamaica
Total Life Changes (TLC) launch at the Wexford Court Hotel, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Last weekend I had the privilege of attending the launch of Total Life Changes (TLC) in Jamaica. Total Life Changes (TLC) is a network marketing company headquartered in the United States and also operating in Mexico, Columbia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Curacao and Bolivia. Jamaica is their newest market. I attended the Montego Bay meeting and I was thoroughly impressed by the company and by the huge opportunity that has been made available to Jamaicans. I got to meet some of the top leaders in the business and to see firsthand what exactly makes this opportunity so huge and why I need to be a part of it.

The Total Life Changes (TLC) business launched officially in Jamaica on Saturday October 24th at the Wexford Court Hotel in Montego Bay. The evening was jam-packed with presentations about the business opportunity as well as the impressive line of products that the company offers.

TLC Iaso teaI was specially interested in learning about the company’s leading product, the IASO tea. This is a refreshing tea that promises to help you to lose 5 pounds within 5 days! I was blown away by some of the testimonies that were given by ordinary people who had not only dropped 5 lbs in 5 days but who have gone on to lose much more. This refreshing Iaso tea comes in the form of a teabag. Two IASO teabags are added to 4 cups of boiling water and allowed to sit for 8 to 24 hours. Water is then added to make it up to one gallon. It is then ready to serve as a refreshing drink. The Iaso tea should be kept refrigerated and the gallon should serve for a period of 5 days for one person.

At first, the taste was not immediately appealing to me. But I have gotten accustomed to the taste and must admit that it is a very refreshing drink.

Benefits of Iaso Tea by Total Life Changes (TLC)

I am not making any medical claims about the Iaso tea but besides being refreshing, the iaso tea also offers health benefits which include:

  1. Helps with Weight Loss
  2. Reduces stress
  3. Reduces the risk of cancer
  4. Helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases
  5. Fights aging and prevents wrinkling of the skin
  6.  Helps to prevent high blood pressure and obesity
  7. Reduces cholesterol levels
  8. Strengthens the immune system
  9. Reduces the risk of arthritis
  10. Strengthens the bones
  11. Reduces blood sugar levels
  12. Helps to improve memory
  13. Helps to prevent Parkinson’s disease
  14. Fights cavities
  15. Alleviates asthma
  16. Protects against food poisoning
  17. Prevents colds and flu
  18. Helps to fight against herpes
  19. Removes intestinal sludge from the body
  20. Helps to flush parasites from the body

Wow, that’s an impressive list! And these are benefits that you get just by drinking 2 cups of the iaso tea everyday!

TLC Strike Up for men
TLC “Strike Up” for men, TLC Love for Women, TLC Delgada

The company also offers several other products. I know the men will be especially interested in the “Strike Up” which enhances the experience in the bedroom. TLC even offers something for the females called “Love”. My husband loves the “Strike Up” and I must admit that I love it too (covers face, blushing 🙂 These products are 100% natural and really do what they say they do! The TLC Delgada is a slimming coffee for those who prefer coffee to tea. The Delgada contains ganoderma which offers several benefits as well. Click here to learn about the benefits of ganoderma.

Watch this brief overview of Total Life Changes

Earn US$ with Total Life Changes (TLC)

In addition to all the great products offered by TLC, persons have the opportunity to make money by promoting the products. The business pays in several ways including retail commissions, fast start bonuses, hybrid binary commissions based on the number of team members that you bring into the business, 50% cheque match as well as a lifestyle bonus. People are earning good money from this opportunity.

Have you ever had a desire to earn US dollars? TLC presents the perfect opportunity for you to do so. In fact, you could earn $50k by Christmas! Could you do with a extra $50k for Christmas? Total Life Changes (TLC) is offering you the opportunity to earn US dollars in 5 different ways! As the name of the company suggests, this opportunity could totally change your life. When you come on board you have the opportunity to earn:

  1. 50% retail profits from the sale of any of the great products
  2. 50% commission for every person you introduce to the business
  3. 50% check match on the earnings of everyone that you personally sponsor into the business
  4. 10% – 25% commission from all the volume that your teams generate
  5. A lifestyle bonus of $US1,500

Learn more about how you can earn USD with TLC

Want to make a total lifestyle change? RIGHT NOW is the time to get started! This business is growing like wildfire! Click here to learn more about how to start earning USD today!

If you are seeking an easy way to lose weight and you love tea or coffee, you should definitely check out what TLC has to offer. Click here to learn more about Total Life Changes (TLC) and how you can benefit from the great line of products offered. Please feel free to send me a message if you need further information by filling out the form below.

 

Wheat Belly Fast – Week 1 Update and Results

Wheat Belly Fast – Week 1 Update and Results

Basking in the sun on the north coast
Basking in the sun on the north coast

So it’s official. I have been on my wheat belly fast for approximately one week! It has been something very new for me but also very exciting and it has given me a goal to work towards.

This weekend I took a mini vacation to the north coast and it was absolutely wonderful! I did inform my host beforehand that I am on wheat free regimen and she tried her best to cater to my wheat-free requirements. However, I know it wasn’t easy for her to find food to feed me sometimes. I am really grateful to her for accommodating me and my special requirements. While I ate wheat free, my husband and my son didn’t. They had whatever their little hearts desired.

I had some very healthy meals that were both aesthetically appealing and appealing to the tastebuds. On Friday night when we arrived, my host fed us with Kentucky Fried Chicken. I admit it wasn’t the healthiest choice but at least I didn’t have to eat any wheat.

Wheat free breakfast
Saturday Morning Breakfast – Saltfish, boiled bananas, boiled yello yam, fried plantain, and avocado pear

Saturday morning was when the fun begun. We were treated like royalty as we were served a scrumptious breakfast consisting of saltfish, boiled bananas, boiled yellow yam, fried plantains and avocado pear. It was heavenly! I felt so good afterwards and did not suffer from lethargy nor heaviness. For my beverage I had Blue Mountain Jamaican coffee with cream. It doesn’t get much better than that people!

We skipped lunch because we got so caught up in watching a movie that we didn’t realize how late it was. By the time the movie was done we had to head straight out to a planned function.

You can imagine how hungry we became sitting through the 3 hour long function after not having any lunch. This was something I was not prepared for and had to settle for a chicken sandwich to keep the hunger at bay. That would suffice for dinner. I only ate one half of the bread in order to cut down on the wheat as best I could under the circumstances.

Sunday was the best day where eating was concerned. Again, I had a very healthy and delicious breakfast consisting on cornmeal porridge, ripe banana slices, avocado slices, tomato slices and lettuce.  Here is what it looked like:

wheat free breakfast
Healthy wheat free breakfast – Cornmeal porridge, banana slices, avocado pear slices, tomato slices and lettuce

 

I spent the rest of the time basking in the sun, enjoying good conversation and just enjoying the great north coast view.

After a week of being on my wheat free diet, I am very very pleased with what has happened so far. I was not perfect this week as there were a few times when I did indulge and give way to my wheat craving. A lot of it could be blamed on the fact that I was not adequately prepared, however.

Going forward, I will be better prepared since I now know that sticking to a wheat free diet requires substantial planning and organization.

I am very very pleased to report that I have lost 3/4 of an inch from my waist during the week! For me this is a huge accomplishment considering how hard it has been for me to lose weight from my waist in the past. Plus, I didn’t follow the wheat free fast strictly and I also only managed to exercise 3 days for the week when I would normally exercise at least 5 days per week.

So I realize that wheat was in fact contributing a lot to my not being able to have a flat stomach and not being able to lose weight in my mid-section. I would probably have lost another 1/2 and inch if I had followed the diet strictly and had exercised my usual 5 sessions.

These results are really encouraging and I look forward to what week 2 holds. My waist now measures 30 3/4 inches down from 31 1/2 inches 7 days ago. This alone makes up for the wheat withdrawal symptoms that I experienced at the beginning of the week.

Those symptoms have pretty much subsided now.

I am looking forward to bigger and better things in the coming weeks.

Until next time, take care people and eat well :)!

 

30 Days No Wheat Fast – Day #4

wheat belly tiredI can safely say that the wheat that I ate in that cake yesterday, affected me negatively this morning. When I got up this morning I was still tired and felt like I hadn’t slept all night. I yawned uncontrollably all morning. In addition, I had huge dark circles around my eyes from the lack of sleep.

There was nothing that I did differently to account for this adverse reaction other than eat a lot of wheat. My husband and I would usually treat ourselves to generous servings of black forest cake on Saturday nights. Whenever we would do so, I would always feel very tired in the morning and would usually end up waking up very late on a Sunday morning. This is exactly how I felt this morning. It has to be the wheat that was causing me to feel so tired like I hadn’t slept for an entire 24 hours.

Anyway, I fought the sleepy feeling because I had work that I needed to get done. The rest of the day went quite well. I managed to go for the entire day without eating any wheat and I am really happy that I managed to do so. I didn’t do my workout today but I will make up for it before the week ends.

For breakfast I had oats porridge sprinkled with ripe banana cubes. I had instant chocolate for my beverage.

For lunch I had stew chicken, steamed callaloo and rice and peas. I forgot to take out the kidney beans since they don’t work well with my blood type. I will remember that next time. For a beverage, I had pineapple flavoured Tang.

Dinner was wonderful and I had stew chicken, boiled yellow yam and steamed pak choi. All in all I did get a good amount of veggies in today. And the fact they they were dark green and leafy means that they were choc full of all the right nutrients.

I am beginning to wonder how I am going to manage eating out with wheat restrictions. The Jamaican diet is largely comprised of wheat products in the form of flour. Not to mention that I normally tend to go straight for burgers when I need to grab something to eat on the road. I guess, I will have to have the burger meat without having the buns if push comes to shove. I should be attending a function soon and I really wonder how I’m going to resist the usual pastry  hors douvres  (did I spell that right?). Whatever happens, I have made up my mind that I will not eat wheat voluntarily except in dire circumstances. Lord, help me!

Until next time, take care 😉

30 Days Wheat Free Fast – Day #3

wheat craving wheat fast
That darn cake!

The cravings for wheat were unbelievable today! Donuts looked so attractive to me today….I mean they looked so sexy to me!

While I resisted the urge to indulge in those donuts that were beckoning to me from the vendor’s trolley, I must admit that I cheated today. Yes, I am not proud to say it but I cheated.

I had a slice of my son’s birthday cake that he had left over from his birthday this Sunday. And I know I said that I wouldn’t keep any flour in the house but I couldn’t figure out what to do with the rest of the cake…..Well I knew I could give it away but really I didn’t want to.

So instead I pushed it to the back of the refrigerator hoping that since it was out of sight it would be out of mind. And it was until my son found it and asked me for a slice. Why this temptation Lord?

Why did that boy have to find that cake and come and tempt me in my moment of weakness? I convinced myself that it was just a small slice and that one single slice would do no harm.

Hmmmm, Eve figured that a single bite of the apple wouldn’t have hurt either. Anyway, I am not going to beat myself up too much over that. I am moving on because despite my shortcomings today, I am still determined to give up wheat. This wheat belly has got to go!

On the positive side, I did manage to get in lots of exercise today. I walked for a half an hour in the morning and then in the evening I did my 30 minutes aerobics and strength training session. I enjoyed it but my shoulders are still aching from this wheat fast.

Apart from the cake, I didn’t do too badly in terms of eating either. Here’s what I had today.

Breakfast

Oats porridge (Yes, porridge again)

Chocolate (cocoa) tea

Lunch

Steamed white rice and corned beef (Not the best choice of protein but that’s the easiest thing I could prepare considering how hungry I was feeling)

Orange flavoured Tang for a beverage

Dinner

Stew Chicken, boiled yam and boiled bananas with a slice of avocado pear. I also had a ripe banana for fruit.

So I am noticing a trend here. Firstly that I really don’t eat enough vegetables and secondly that I tend to eat my fruits with my last meal instead of with breakfast. Strange.

Anyhow, my wheat fast is in full swing and I WILL NOT QUIT! But I need to do better. I need to keep a good stock of acceptable foods on hand so that I don’t yield to temptation. And I must eat more vegetables. I must. No more wheat belly for me. Anniversary is coming up in December and I will not look like this when that day arrives. I refuse to.

That’s all for now people.

Until tomorrow, take care :)!

30 Days Wheat Free Fast – Day #2

Ooats and cocoa for wheat fast breakfast
Quaker 100% Oats and Grace Instant Chocolate

Today was my second official day without eating wheat. Like I mentioned previously, I had started unofficially from Friday afternoon going into Saturday. During the morning on Saturday, I noticed that I was very irritable.

I snapped at my husband and my son for no apparent reason and I wondered what was causing me to be so fussy. I knew it wasn’t PMS based on the time of month so I was a bit confused as to what was happening.

I chalked it up to just not having a great night’s rest. Little did I realize that I was actually suffering from some of the effects of wheat withdrawal. In my research, I have learned that when you stop eating wheat, you are likely to experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms similar to those experienced by drug addicts or alcoholics who are dropping their drug habits!

This was a huge shocker to me because I did not realize how impactful wheat is on our bodies – especially our brains and our guts. Anyway, I realize that I have been experiencing wheat withdrawal symptoms all weekend coming into today, which is Tuesday.

The most noticeable symptoms for me have been :

  • joint aches in my shoulders and my neck,
  • flu-like feelings
  • brain fog – I couldn’t remember the words to the songs at church on Sunday
  • irritability
  • Extreme feelings of hunger
  • Excessive sweating
  • Stomach pains

It’s just amazing how our diets can affect every aspect of our lives. I never realized how important it is to eat ‘right’ until now.

We have become a society that is literally hooked and high on wheat! In fact, Dr. Davis has stated that wheat has a similar effect on the brain as opiates! I mean it is like we are on drugs when we consume wheat. And it is actually addictive.

This is why it is so difficult for those who have eaten wheat heavily all their lives to wean themselves from it. It is a literal struggle as the body fights to retain the feel good, opium-like effects of wheat.

Today I grinned and bore all the wheat withdrawal symptoms and still remain determined to stop eating wheat completely. Here is what I ate today.

Breakfast

Oats porridge

Hot chocolate (cocoa)

Lunch

Stew chicken, raw vegetables, rice and peas (picked out the peas). With type O blood, cabbage actually slows down my metabolism but I only had very little cabbage. I just wanted to get some vegetables in and I realized that I didn’t have any other vegetables in the house so the cabbage had to do.

Afternoon Snack

Oats porridge – I was feeling hungry by mid-afternoon and decided to have the remaining oats porridge from breakfast.

Dinner

Mince (ground beef) and rice – I really enjoyed this. I have a natural love for beef so the fact that it is good for my blood type makes it that much better. I had Tang as a beverage. I had a June Plum for fruit.

I did my workout in the morning today. I wanted to do another 30 minutes in the evening but was simply too tired to go through with it.

So, I’ve made it through day 2. That’s 2 down, 28 more to go…..