Do you ever feel like everyone is yelling at you, and it’s impossible to decide who to listen to? Being bombarded with information is now part of our North American culture. How to filter out all the noise and concentrate on only that which really matters is the key to living well in this society. Living a long, healthy life is my goal (and no doubt yours). Recently, I’ve had to totally revamp my diet and I now choose to eat foods that are wheat-free, and as much as practical, sugar-free and dairy-free. Thankfully, I’m not a celiac, but I have developed food sensitivites and allergies over the years. With the assistance of a lovely woman, a naturopath named Dr. Angela Kirk I have adjusted my pattern of eating. It was painful at first; it seemed like every time I turned around another meal was due and I had no idea what to eat! I lost weight mainly because I didn’t know what to eat – except apples, of course. When in doubt, eat an apple! Gradually, I began to understand there was life after sandwiches and ice cream and I tried to focus on eating an anti-inflammatory diet (also known as the Paleo diet), with some exceptions. The result for me is a vast reduction of dietary issues – which have plagued me forever, and a general feeling of well-being. Now having said all that, I do struggle some days with emotional eating – I mean after all, chocolate is all but completely off my list now! A very difficult transition for a former sugar addict.
Often, I read Dr. Weil’s daily emails and check his website for information and recipies. His advice for a long and healthy life….
1. Be physically active. Even as you get older, daily physical activity should be a priority.
2. Positive. Maintaining an optimistic outlook is important to managing stress and preventing related health issues such as heart disease.
3. Social. A network of family and close friends is vital to optimum health.
4. Spiritual. Regardless of your religious affiliation, (if any) feeling a connection with nature, a higher being or purpose cultivates spirituality and is an important part of graceful agig.
all, I think are rules to live by.
I’ve been experimenting with new recipes and I will post some for you in the near future. I can’t promise all the ingredients conform strictly to an anti-inflammatory way of life, but I will do my best to include only those ingredients which apply.
Have a great Monday! Happy Quilting everyone.