Monthly Archives: December 2013

Change is Good

It was one year ago that I decided to DRASTICALLY decrease my consumption of animals and animal by-products.  This opened my eyes to a way of eating that has changed me completely.  I have now settled into a “flexitarian” diet that includes real, whole foods in their natural state, and much less sugar and processed foods (and yes, sometimes meat). Through this journey I have come to see the Standard American Diet as revolting, lacking in nutrients, and in need of extreme overhaul.  Every day in my life, and in my job, I see adults and children who are grossly overweight and completely oblivious of that fact that the “food” they are eating is killing them.  “Mindless eating” needs to stop and “conscious eating” needs to begin.  My hope is that the movement AWAY from the Standard American Diet will gain more momentum in the new year!

I have been inspired by so many people, books and films over this last year.  I started by watching Forks Over Knives at the beginning of 2013.  Then I dared to watch Vegucated.  My husband and I started eating whole foods and cooking at home.  In the first month, I lost 10 pounds – I wasn’t trying to lose weight and was very surprised by this.  Then I recently discovered the brilliant book In Defense of Food and the incredible blog 100 Days of Real Food.  I have started reading labels (and have been truly shocked by what I’ve seen) and am now able to make better choices for us and our children.  I recently watched this passionate, fascinating TED talk by chef and activist Jamie Oliver and nodded my head furiously in agreement throughout it.

I am a healthier, and therefore happier, person today because of people who are on the forefront of this movement.  I welcome the new year and all the new discoveries it is sure to bring!

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Discouraging Words

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It’s been 9 days since I almost broke my back.  Okay, maybe that’s being a little dramatic.  But the Dirty Girl Mud Run ended up costing me a lot more than the $70 entrance fee (which I don’t think was worth it at all, but that’s beside the point).  After a huge copay at the ER that day, pharmacy copays, followup visit copay, and lastly an MRI – this race was my most “expensive” one yet.  Add to that pain and suffering.

The results of my MRI are:

In medical terms:  L4-L5 disc bulge with an annular tear, edema in the bone marrow and bruising to the bone.  No direct impingement on the spinal cord or nerves.

In layman’s terms:  I don’t have a herniated disc (just a slightly damaged one), and my spinal cord is not injured.  I don’t need surgery and the tear should heal with time and medications.

So, I should be happy right!?  Well, I definitely am glad it wasn’t worse.  But I still have trouble not whining about how much it sucks to be injured.  I had to miss the 5k I was planning (and paid for) this past Saturday.  The Windcrest City of Lights 5k – it was a nighttime race through an amazing neighborhood that is lit up every year with thousands of Christmas lights.  My husband ran it and really enjoyed it.  My kids even ran the Candy Cane Dash that was right before the 5k (their first race EVER)!  It really was an exciting night for our family.  It was just very hard being a spectator at a race I was supposed to participate in.

I’ve rested.  Now it’s time to move into recovery mode.  I’ve already started taking short walks through the neighborhood and local trails and it’s been great getting out – although I’m paranoid that I’m going to get hurt again:  Before I cross the street, I look both ways 3 times and cross only if it’s clear for miles.  On the trails, I am leary of every rock and root sticking out of the ground because I am sure one will send me flying and I’ll get hurt again.  I wonder if this overwhelming fear is normal??  I’m not sure when I’ll start running but I hope it’s very soon.  Part of my plan is to also get back to swimming at the gym because it is such a low impact workout.

Any advice is appreciated!  Wish me luck!

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