Man, 2010 (so far) has been a year of major change for me. Not change like moving, or having a baby, or becoming a model for Victoria Secret (wouldn't that be crazy!), but change like...I'm changing. Me. Myself. Moi. Yours Truly. I.
For the better, I believe. For the better.
Obviously, you could sense this change with the post I wrote on Thursday. Before that and since then, however, something else humongous has happened to me. It involves food and health and more motherhood crap. Except it isn't "crappy." It's good stuff.
I read this book. (Thanks to my cousin Stephanie for the recommendation!)
And it has changed my life.
For those of you not familiar with this book, it teaches your basic Organic-Type principal: Man-made stuff is slowly killing us, and we need to get back to Nature. To the basics. And if you read this book, you will learn about metabolism, hormones, how they all work together, what it has to do with weight-loss and maintenance, the foods you should eat, and other awful toxic things in our lives we should avoid.
Now, I'm the first person to admit that it sounded pretty radical to me at first. I've been burned before by "well-meaning" political environmentalism before. I also don't do well with extremism. At. All. But I do know I need to do something different. And for years, I've known that the best foods to eat are the rawest, the purest, and the simplest. That, to me, is logical. It makes sense. And I like things to make sense. Doesn't mean I did it, or knew how to do it, or even WANTED to do it, but it still made sense to me.
So, I read this book. I read it slowly. I was shocked by what I learned, but I was also okay with it. When she got to the list of foods we SHOULD eat, my whole body said "YES!" not quite unlike how it reacted to reading about Hynobirthing.
It just makes sense!
And now I'm trying to change. I've thought about it, I've looked at the Word of Wisdom again, I've pondered how my health has ebbed and flowed over the years, and now I think I'm finally ready to make some very important and drastic changes. Not TOO drastic, but drastic enough. I think what really tipped the scale was the fact that my children were just eating crap all the time. I tried to stop buying the junk, but then that left them with apples, and kids can only eat apples for so long! This has given me a good list of foods, what they do, and how they will help our bodies. In fact, I told the kids about this new way of eating and they are so excited! Well, the picky ones aren't too thrilled, but I'm sure they will come around. You'll see when I tell you, dear reader, what the foods are in Part II.
And just so you know, I'm not following everything she suggests in this book (I'm not getting rid of every plastic toy), but even she said "if you even just do half of this, you'll be way better than you are now," or something like that. I agree with her.
So, there you go. I'm going to eat better. Truly better. Not fat-free-full-of-aspartame-but-it's-only-50-calories! kind of better. Whole foods that work together to make your metabolism run the way it's supposed to. Not foods full of pesticides and chemicals added to make them last longer on a store shelf.
Oh. my. heck. I sound like the people I used to think were slightly crazy and paranoid. AAACCCKKK! I'm becoming one of them!
And I can't wait.