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Eat Less

If you know me or this blog, you know I think that food and weight can dramatically impact MS or any chronic health issue. If the truth be told, I feel like I have struggled with weight issues since I was twelve or maybe even younger.  I doubt that is unlike many of you, especially women.

I have counted points, ate only protein, eliminated carbs, counted points again, exercised too much, exercised too little, taken diet pills (way back when), binged, starved and anything else to lose weight and then gain it right back again. I have lost and gained the same twenty pounds for over twenty years.

Since my MS diagnosis, I started to look at food and weight very differently. It became about health instead of skinny jeans. I am almost rid of that pesky twenty pounds again and hope to approach the rest of my life much differently in terms of maintaining a healthy weight.

When I read this, it really made sense….

“Think of the insignificant gimmicks that you’ve been told will help you drop
pounds:

  • Eat breakfast every single day: If you don’t, your body goes into ’starvation mode’.
  • Drink Coffee to speed up your metabolism
  • Drink 12 glasses of cold water every day
  • Eat protein for lunch
  • Sip Green Tea all day
  • Take your Fish Oil Pills every day.

In reality NONE of these things are going to result in significant or long lasting weight loss results.

Each one is either a misuse of scientific fact (confusing an association with causation), is an exaggeration (the ‘metabolism boosting’ effects of green tea or caffeine) or is simply repeating common myths as facts (protein for lunch).

And while the health marketers that push these info tid-bits may or may not mean well, convincing you to focus on the minor and mostly irrelevant tasks can not only prevent you from losing weight, it can also affect your health.

Successfully losing weight seems to be one of the most difficult life-problems to solve.

Yet it can be solved with one of the easiest solutions: Eating less.”

Often overlooked, but so obvious.

Clean Diet and theRIDEproject update

bancaToday marks the first day of yet another clean eating phase for me. While I usually put a time limit on it, I don’t often have a good follow up plan. This time, I am hoping a month of clean eating (no white stuff) will parlay into a mostly vegan diet. While it always amazes me to see how clean eating affects my weight and skin and energy, I am really curious to see how it will affect my creativity.

I know many creative  types turn to booze or hallucinogenics or cutting off ears, but for me it will have to be green tea, spinach, apples and white fish! TheRIDEproject is almost ready for take off and I have great ideas for more images. I just reviewed a first draft of the website and I think final revisions will be done by the end of next week.

In the meantime, you can see updates on theRIDEproject Facebook page by clicking Here or watch for information on Twitter Here.

Have a great weekend and guess what I am shooting this weekend.

I’m Back

I’m back to blogging, back to yoga, back to basics and back from Mexico.

We spent Christmas and New Years in Mexico and had a blast. I brought my new Yoga Mat with me and practiced a bit on the beach. We got up early almost every day and went to bed early. Our days were all about swimming, eating, reading and resting. We did travel to our new favorite place – Sayulita on two days and really enjoyed eating fresh shrimp on the beach, watching all the surfers and walking around town.

While I have been taking care of myself, I haven’t been as committed as usual for the past couple of months but a change is in the air. Sometimes you have to stop thinking about diet and exercise to have the energy to re-commit. I am so ready. I went to a yoga class this weekend. While I have a great yoga room at home and a nice personal practice, I was in need of instruction and inspiration. I hope to attend a few classes each week and get back in the gym. I love to watch Biggest Loser and as motivation to get to the gym, I downloaded the new Biggest Loser to my ipod and have promised myself that I can only watch it in the gym!

In an effort to get back to basics with my diet, I have cut most caffine except for green tea and an occasional Soy Cappuccino. I was on a daily Starbucks kick for a while and that has come to an end. I was also back on a few cokes a week through the holidays but that is over too. I am still not eating meat and am focusing on fresh fruit and veggies this week.

I recently participated in a Tysabri Teleconference and the topic was “New Year’s Resolutions, how MS patients are staying healthy in 2009.” Putting the presentation together really helped me put a good plan together. I will post that later this week.

To everyone that sent Christmas Cards and haven’t received one from me, they are not lost in the mail! That was one holiday tradition that did not happen this year, but stay tuned. I am thinking about a Valentines Day Card or Think Spring Card!! I really did appreciate hearing from so many of you and hope you know that I am thinking about you.

PS…I just had Tysabri infusion #19 and all is well.

Happy New Year!

Looking good (on the inside)

Last week I had a visit with my internist. I went in to review blood work that I had requested the month before. At a routine visit I asked that we test B-12, Vitamin D, Celiac disease, thyroid, liver, and anything else he could think of. Because my doctor knows my history and understands that I lead my health care team, he agreed without question.

So here comes the good part. Aside from being low in the B-12, Vitamin D and thyroid area, I am a rockstar everywhere else.

My heart is in great shape, kidneys are no problem and the overall metabolic panel looked good. I don’t have Celiac Disease. I am so glad because even though giving up meat was not a problem for me, giving up bread…could be devastating.

If you have been reading this blog for more than a year, you know that since I started Rebif and moved to Avonex, my liver levels have been really high. When I was taking interferons, it was always really upsetting for me to not only feel like shit but find out that my liver was getting worse each month. When I switched to Tysabri, my liver slowly started to look better. Today, for the first time in more than two years, my liver levels are PERFECT. Yep, perfect. It is really satisfying to know that not only do I feel well, I AM well.

In an effort to get ALL of my blood work closer to perfect, I am moving my B-12 injections to every week instead of every other week. I am in search of Vitamin D-2, although I think it may only be by prescription and I am taking Kelp supplements to boost my thyroid action. I have taken thyroid meds in the past but because I am not dangerously low, I want to try the natural approach.

I know that Tysabri has had an impact on these blood test results. I know that my diet/exercise/vitamin/herb plan has had an impact.

While I wasn’t sure at first, I now know that I do know what is best for me. I know what treatment is best, I know what diet is best and more importantly, I know that what I know may change, and that is ok.

Push yourself

I am five days into my new workout/eating program and things are going pretty well. The first three days were the worst. I was really missing my sugar! Here is a run down of the past few days of diet and exercise.

Friday, July 27
6:30 a.m. – 4 scrambled egg whites
8:00-9:00 – really hard workout with trainer (lots of leg work)
10:00 – Cottage Cheese with mandarin oranges
1:30 pm – Caprese salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil
4:30 pm – Protein Shake
7:00 pm – baked trout with grilled zucchini and eggplant

Saturday, July 28th (I am super sore today from yesterdays workout)
8:30 a.m. – 1/2 cup oatmeal with 1 scoop protein powder, 10 frozen blueberries and 1teaspoon honey
11:00 a.m. – protein bar
2:00 p.m. – garden burger with basil pesto and a side of celery (no bread)
3:00 p.m. – 1/2 hour on the treadmill low speed/high incline
4:30 p.m. – deviled eggs with hummus (no yolks)
7:30 p.m – grilled salmon with grilled zucchini with sauteed barley

Sunday, July 29th (Still sore!!)
9:00 a.m. – 4 Hard boiled egg whites
12:00 p.m. – Protein Bar
2:30 p.m. – Baked Tofu, carrots and cucumbers on mixed greens with parm garlic dressing
4:30 p.m. – Apple and almonds
7:00 p.m. – Sauteed scallops with barley and zucchini
NO EXERCISE – REST DAY

Monday, July 30th
5:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. – workout with trainer (legs, arms, back, abs)
6:30 a.m. – oatmeal with scoop of protein powder, 10 frozen blueberries and 1 teaspoon honey
11:30 a.m. – protein shake
2:00 p.m. – tuna, carrots and almonds on mixed greens with honey mustard dressing
7:00 p.m. – Grilled tofu with grilled zucchini, steamed broccoli
8:00 p.m. – Protein Bar

Tuesday, July 31
7:00 a.m. – oatmeal with scoop of protein powder, 10 frozen blueberries and 1 teaspoon honey
11:00 a.m. – protein bar
2:00 p.m. – attempted to eat Tempe, cabbage and feta cheese mixture but it was too gross so I just ate mixed greens with basil vinaigrette dressing.
4:30 p.m. – protein bar (should have had blueberries but I needed chocolate)

tonight I have a 30 – 45 minute cardio workout and then dinner is Baked Ginger coconut red snapper with butternut squash. Tomorrow morning it is back to the gym at 5:00 a.m.

For those of you who know me, you know I don’t eat half of the stuff listed above on a regular basis (or ever). I am trying everything and liking most of it. I may have to draw the line with the Kidney Bean salad coming up on Thursday but we’ll see. Who knows? Maybe, I’ll like it.

I was concerned that really pushing myself would cause a drop in energy but it has been quite the opposite. I am sleeping better and feel good. Better to test the waters than be scared to move…or change.