Sugar Free September

It’s been 8 months since I completed my Whole30. And I’ve definitely slipped. The sugar dragon has me firmly in its teeth.

no-sugar-woodenI’ve mostly kept wheat out of my diet, except for earlier this summer when we had a lot of visitors, and sandwiches were just easy. And sugar. Sugar was easy; pop, frappes, chocolate, peanut butter. Easy at hand, and it tasted so good…

And once I started, I just couldn’t stop. A little here, and a little there. Which led to a lot here, and even more there. And I realized that I had a problem, and I still couldn’t stop myself.

I was gaining back the weight that I lost in January and February. And then exhaustion hit me like a brick wall. No motivation, wanting to sleep all the time. One day I even was so tired I felt ill.

Anxiety rode quick on the heels of the tired. Overwhelm was also on the horizon (yes, I know, I do a lot, and expect a lot of myself). These are all of the things that led me to try the Whole30 in the first place.

I’m not quite ready to do another Whole30. That takes some preparation – both shopping wise and mentally. And mentally, I’m not prepared to give all of that up again, at least not the rice and beans. Because I know sugar is my kryptonite.

So I’m giving up sugar for September. Again, not quite as strict as during the Whole30. I’m not bothering about the small amounts of sugar in things like salad dressings, or sauces (except chocolate sauce, or caramel sauce, or the like). However, no more lattes, or candy, or sugary drinks.

Hopefully cutting out sugar helps reset my body’s energy. If this doesn’t work, then I have to check my thyroid levels. 🙁

Wish me luck!

Blessings,

Mary

Random Updates & Rehearsals

Lots of little random updates today…

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I thought I was taking video, not a picture! LOL!

My birthday is coming up, and so I signed up for Sephora’s Beauty Insider program to get my birthday present from them (free stuff is awesome!). I also recently learned about Kat Von D makeup, so I picked up a little of that. You can see the results in the video down below, as well as in the picture. I’m pleased with it! It’s expensive, and the quality is worth it, I think. Let’s just say I now understand why so many of my friends like their stuff!

Whole30 update: I said last week that I was extending. And I have, mostly. I’ve had some inadvertent, and some deliberate, contaminations. For example, wheat gives me belly cramps, even in small amounts. If I have a digestive tablet before and after eating wheat, I can minimize, but not eliminate, the belly cramps. And sugar is really a “food with no brakes”, as they call it in the Whole30 program. Having a little makes me want more. So I need to be strict with myself, because I actually prefer how I feel when I’m NOT having sugar.

Rehearsals for Spring Mysteries Festival are going well. We get to rehearse at this really cool shop in Seattle, called Edge of the Circle Books. There’s a little video below – I apologize for the quality. It’s an amazing shop, and I encourage you to give them some love, in the form of purchases, if you’re ever in the vicinity.

Did I mention my birthday is coming up? I think I might do a sale on my meditations – what do you think? Would you like that?

Blessings,
Mary

Extending my Whole30

30 days have come and gone. I’ve had no grains, no legumes, no dairy, no alcohol, and no sugar for over a month. Well, it’s possible I had a little bit of sugar – I prefer not to eat salad without dressing, and I’ve been eating out because of travel. However, it’s nowhere near the amount of sugar I had in my diet before.

It’s been an amazing month. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, though there were a few times when it WAS hard (can you say PMS – I want to eat ALL THE THINGS!). It’s also been a crazy month, with ups and downs in my health unrelated to my diet (thank you, sinus infection; NOT).

whole45So here’s the benefits I have received from eating this way:

  • My skin is clearer.
  • The eczema on my hands is reduced.
  • I’ve experienced less inflammation and pain.
  • My gall bladder has not been bothering me.
  • I wake up easier in the morning.
  • I have more energy.
  • I don’t get (as) winded climbing the (steep) stairs at work.
  • I can take the stairs at work faster.
  • I have more will-power.
  • I’m not (as) tempted by junk food.
  • Fewer cravings.
  • I don’t need caffeine to get through the day.
  • My energy is more sustained – I don’t crash at 2 pm, or 6 pm.
  • I’m more productive.
  • I sleep better.
  • I’ve started doing yoga again.
  • I don’t use food as a reward anymore.
  • I don’t comfort eat.
  • I completed what I said I was going to do!
  • I released 13 pounds.
  • I reduced an average of 2 inches in my measurements.

Now, those last two are happy side effects. They weren’t my main goals setting out. My main goals were more energy and less pain. I’ve definitely seen improvements! And I’m not quite where I would like to be.

So I’ve decided to extend another 15 days, and *then* start reintroducing some of the foods I’ve been avoiding. (My birthday is at the end of the month, so I want to be able to treat myself!) If I’ve seen this much improvement in 30 days, I’m hoping that continuing to eat healthier will continue to bring more improvement to my health.

Blessings,

Mary

Rant and Rave: Shopping in the US

I’ve been traveling down to Washington state regularly. Shopping for food that is Whole30 compliant – RANT!

On the other hand, I found two amazing pairs of boots for significantly less than I would be able to buy them up here in Canada – RAVE.

Here’s to better luck next weekend!

Blessings,
Mary

Journey to Eleusis – It’s a LONG Journey

I’m probably more than a little crazy. Almost every weekend from January to Easter, I make the long, long trip from my home to Seattle (or sometimes Index) for a four hour rehearsal for Spring Mysteries Festival.

Is it worth it? Yes!

Whole30 update: Woo hoo! I’m half way through!

View from the ferryI’ve been having “food dreams” the past few days. I wake up feeling guilty about cheating. In my dream, I will have had a huge bottle of (not natural) lemonade, or a giant chocolate Santa. I don’t even wake up craving or wanting those things, just guilty that I consumed them, or disappointed that I have to start over.

And then I’m super grateful that I DON’T have to start over!

On a positive note, it’s easier to climb the stairs at work. We have two very steep sets of stairs at work. We jokingly call it our work out program. Before the Whole30, I would get quite winded climbing them. Now, I am much less winded when I get to the top. OK, still a little. And it is so much better! I can go up more quickly, too.

So, I’m starting to see improvements. Yay!

How was your week?

Blessings,
Mary

Journey to Eleusis – First Rehearsal

I’m very excited to be at “The Tab” (The Aquarian Tabernacle Church), reconnecting with some of my spiritual family that I haven’t seen in a while, and getting ready for the first read-through of the script for this year’s Spring Mysteries Festival.

I also give an update on my first week of the Whole30. (It’s not entirely easy to manage while eating out, and I made good choices!)

If you haven’t registered for Spring Mysteries Festival, and you would like to go, you still have a couple more days to get in on the Early Bird pricing! Go. Register now!

Blessings,

Mary

Moving Into 2017

It’s been a while since I did a video blog post. I’m going to be traveling a lot on the weekends going back and forth for Spring Mysteries rehearsals over the next few months, and I’m not going to have as much time at my computer as I normally do. So I’m hoping to do more videos while travel.

This week, I say goodby to 2016, look forward to 2017. And I’m starting the new year with a Whole 30.

Whole30 ChallengeI see the Whole30 as a modified elimination diet – removing potential irritants from my system as a reset. I’ll be eating only whole foods for 30 days. No grains, no dairy, no legumes, and no sugar. If you’d like to learn more about it, you can find out all the information on the Whole30 site.

Wishing you many blessings and all you desire in the coming year,

Mary