Taureans are noted for being persistent, patient, loyal and reliable and one thing to never forget, they love their food! The easiest way to satisfy any Taurean is a scrumptious hearty meal. Growing up I never went without food. Even if my parents weren’t doing too well financially we always had fresh wholesome meals served with a good side of sweets.
I grew up thinking it was OK to eat a large amount of chocolate and pretty much whatever I wanted. Sure we always ate very wholesome hearty meals, my mother is a fantastic cook, and we never went without, she thinks there’s something wrong with you if you haven’t got a good squishy layer of fat covering your body lol. But the reality was and still is potato chips, chocolate, soft drink, cordial, weekly takeaway, it was always there. As an adult I’ve skipped the soft drinks and cordial but the remainder is hard to let go of.
I remember my favourite afternoon snack after school with my sister and cousin was ice cream with plain potato chips (crisps) to dip in the ice cream as we watched the cartoons then we’d head outside and play till dark. Our family even has our own chocolate fudge recipe handed down from our grandfather. It is just a part of our life..
It’s only been since I hit 40 and ended up with Adrenal Fatigue that I realised my lifestyle choices weren’t in my best interest. So last year when I was first diagnosed I went cold turkey from sugar, dairy, gluten and I started feeling a bit better but it still took me a good 12 months to get any sort of life back in my body. My doctor predicted it would take me 18 months to get back to my normal self. So a month or so ago (15 months since diagnosis) I noticed I was piling on the weight (9kg this year so far WTF!!) but I was able to move my body and started exercising for the first time in over a year. Then of course because I was feeling a bit better and exercising, I thought it would be OK to revert back to my overindulging chocolate consuming, next followed my immune system breaking down again with cold sores, colds and me spiralling back down like worn out, thread bare washing falling apart on a crazy spin cycle in the washing machine!
I honestly was in disbelief and am still coming to terms with exactly how fragile my body is at present as I sit here sporting 2 more cold sores. So after a friend put me onto an interview of Dr Alan Christianson I felt a glimmer of hope as he talked of concepts I had never heard but had me intrigued.
Dr Christianson is is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor who specialises in natural endocrinology with a focus on thyroid disorders. His book The Adrenal Fatigue Resent Diet is what I am currently working through and boy has it changed my outlook on food!!
I had just assumed that eating healthy for all those months was what my body needed but I never realised how many different types of HEALTHY there were!! Dr Christianson goes into details of the actual sorts of healthy food our body needs for our adrenals to reset and there is no chocolate apart from cacao nibs within those pages lol.
Each meal prepared needs a certain ratio of Proteins, Fats and Carbohydrates. Wow, who would have thought, cause I certainly didn’t, I just thought healthy was healthy!! I recommend printing yourself out a list of the allowed foods and having them handy in the kitchen for quick reference instead of flipping through the book each meal like I did the first few days.
He also talks about the reason some of us simply don’t lose weight on a reduced carb diet!! Well slap me stupid, this goes against everything I have ever known about dieting but actually makes so much sense as you read through it.
Why replacing lacking cortisol was actually NOT helping me get back to my vibrant self. I had myself convinced that I needed it to function through my busy days, but turns out since I started on this diet and quit the cortisol supps as suggested I’m managing just fine through my days and sleeping better at night.
So I’m almost a week into the diet, but I gotta say I am already feeling alive, I am moving about my days without what I thought was a necessary couch stop or power nap in between chores.
I’m proving to myself how NOT fragile I can be, and how strong and determined I can be! This week has proved that numerous times, having to visit the supermarket several times this weeks for odd bits and pieces I didn’t have for the provided recipes. (I did contemplate and start a shopping list as I was reading through the book, but alas never finished it and forgot it lol but that’s just how I roll) and being confronted each time with a massive in my face display of my favourite treats on special at each of the supermarkets. I’m happy to report I left each time WITHOUT purchasing any of them, and I didn’t even go up close and inhale the fragrance of the dairy milk chocolate that has been my saviour for most of my life. It’s usually pretty much a sure bet that I will leave the supermarket with at least a family block of chocolate for the drive home, but I always choose a bottle of water to have with it, that in my head balanced it out. It was a standard practice with my mums family that you ate chocolate you drank coke, the two just went hand in hand, but luckily since having Savannah the caffeine keeps me awake all night and I simply can’t do it anymore.
Today’s is Jason’s birthday, so last night I was baking (last-minute of course) two cakes for him to take to work to share. Now in a previous life the cakes would have been a whole lot smaller once I poured the mixture into the cake tin and then had to devour the remaining mixture from the bowl. (notice how I didn’t say scrape, lol there’s not usually any scraping needed with the amount I leave behind in the mixing bowl) but surprise surprise, last night I did treat myself to a TINY bit of SCRAPING, it was actually quite a mind blow for me to see how big the cakes turn out when ALL the mixture goes in the cake tin.
So that’s where I’m currently at, I’m feeling very optimistic and have honestly never enjoyed healthy eating as much as I currently am. My pantry is completely crazy overfull, we have normal people food, we have Savannah’s food for her dietary requirements and now I have shoved a whole new world of food in there for me, so it’s bulging. Only a daring and qualified ninja will attempt to open it. lol
Till next time, take care.
Bucket loads of happiness, health and love, Jules xx