Well it's been over a year now since I last wrote anything on my blog, and I am pleased to say that I am in a really good place at the moment. After doing the 30 day trial on the raw food diet I really struggled with my eating habits because I felt that the 100% raw diet/lifestyle was the perfect diet and if I ate anything less than 100% I felt guilty which then lead to binge eating and to putting on a lot of weight. I would then get my motivation back and go back on the raw food diet and I would be "good" for a while but then I would slip up and find it very difficult to get back on track all the time putting on more weight than I'd lost. My weight slowly crept up the scale, a few weeks ago I reached 154 lbs the highest I've ever weighed apart from when I was pregnant...very depressing. Since then I have managed to get my weight to 147lbs by eating healthily hopefully it will reduce steadily over the next few months.
In January I started a course with the Integrative Institute of Nutrition (IIN) to become a Health Coach and I love it. Just before I started the course I became vegan after watching a talk by Gary Yourofsky www.youtube.com/watch?v=es6U00LMmC4, it was so convincing that I became vegan the next day and I haven't looked back. Then within a few weeks I stopped drinking soft drinks, (mainly Coke) something I have been struggling with for many many years. This time I was reading a book by Jason Vale called Slim for Life http://www.juicemaster.com/, I had read it many many times but this time I was at the stage where I was ready to accept the information that he was giving me and I was finally able to give it up. I think I have had 2/3 soft drinks in the last 2 months but I don't have the addiction any more where i just have to have it or worried that if I have a drink I won't be able to resist it the next day and the next.
Since starting the course I have had the opportunity to take a look at myself and make some changes in my diet and I am now starting crave things such as broccoli and corn which seems like a crazy notion. I never thought the word crave and broccoli would come out of my mouth in the same sentence LMAO. I'm really pleased about this because it is becoming a lifestyle rather than something that I have to force myself to do which is something I've been looking for, for many years.
Although I have a lot of work to do on my diet and lifestyle I am on the right track.
I still believe that the raw food diet is an optimal diet but everyone is different and may not be suited to it. At this moment in time I am not eating a raw food diet but I am incorporating raw food into my diet. Every morning for breakfast I will have a fruit smoothie or a green smoothie. I must say that I don't like green smoothies much, fruit smoothies are so much better but I find that green smoothies give me energy and I don't need to drink so much coffee if I have had a green smoothie that day. Also juicing 3/4 times a week at the moment which I also enjoy.
As well as working full time, looking after my son and studying I am doing the Blenheim Palace Triathlon in June. I am not the sporty type at all and to be honest I haven't done much sport since September 2009 and until about 3 weeks ago I could only swim 2 laps without stopping. For some crazy reason I have wanted to do a triathlon for many years so here I am. I started training at the beginning of February and within a few weeks I could swim 36 lengths, pretty impressive right???? Well, anyway I thought so. It was only front crawl though, as I can only manage one lap of the breast stroke without almost drowning. Next week I have a session with a private coach to hopefully help me with that one, wouldn't want to be in the middle of the lake and realise that I don't have the stamina to get back again LOL
As part of my course I have to submit some health histories next, if you would be interested in participating please send me an email. Who knows where it could take you : )
If you have any questions about Kinesiology, Health Coaching or IIN please don't hesitate to contact me.
Melanie : )