Life continues to be very fast paced at the moment. I'm leaving on a ten day trip with my seventeen year old daughter, to visit colleges in New York, Washington, D.C., North Carolina, Atlanta, and then to Tallahassee, Florida! I will definitely need a vacation from this trip upon my return. It will be quite a challenge with respect to my meals while we are away, as all our meals will be prepared by restaurants, etc. I tried to find hotels that offered "free breakfasts", so that I can start the day off with fruit, and some veggies that might be available at the omelet station. I am however, looking forward to what big cities have to offer in terms of plant based options that I can pick up and take back to the hotel, since I KNOW that my daughter will not agree to have a sit-down meal at a strictly whole food plant based establishment! Our town in Florida, has very limited options for whole food plant based dining-out, but most restaurants are willing to whip up a salad, or pasta dish of some sort. More to come on that after our trip.
My intermittent fasting is going well. I initially thought that I would do it for one week, then stretched it to two. I am now in my third week! I see several benefits to this fasting regime. Firstly, my fasting sugar levels are amazing! Did I say amazing?? They are ranging anywhere between 86 and 102, depending on how heavy my evening meal is. Secondly, my weight seemed to have hit a plateau for the last four weeks. Well, I'm happy to report, that I am on the down slope of the roller coaster again. Yeah! Lastly, or maybe I should say thirdly, as I am sure there might be additional benefits that I have yet to experience, I have noticed a marked decrease in the inflammation in my right knee (an injury from 2015, that has prevented serious exercise).
By the way, I only weigh myself on Saturdays. This is the way that I am accountable to myself. Even though my diet is whole food plant based, I can still make bad choices, like eating too many nuts, or too much avocado (I'll talk more about portion control at
another time). Six weeks ago, I started retaining water which worsens my nerve pain when my feet swell. I had been eating out quite a bit, and the foods had a lot of added salt (I do not prepare any of my meals with added sodium). By mid week, I just could not stand it, and kept telling myself that I had to be gaining weight. That was the first week since January of this year that I got on the scale before Saturday morning. To my horror, I had gained almost FIVE pounds!! So, I reigned myself in, and cut out the nuts and avocados that I had been consuming in large quantities, and by Saturday, I was back to the prior Saturday's weight. The only other time that I weigh myself before Saturday morning is if my daughter and I are going out of town, and will not be at home on Saturday morning. So this week, I'm debating whether to weigh myself on Friday night, or at 2:30 a.m., on Saturday morning as we are leaving the house to go to the airport.
What I find interesting, is that five months ago, I would not have noticed physically in my body that I had gained five or even ten pounds. It would have made no difference to the way my clothes feel. So, I said all that to encourage others to be accountable to themselves in whatever way is helpful. For me, it's weighing myself weekly. It's even better if you have a buddy that has similar goals.
Thanks for reading, and until we meet again, have a great and healthy week!