Well to answer my question to myself. I have been in a dark place. I have had to give up hiking. I really love to hike. I love being surrounded by nature and the serenity that it provides.
My knees starting bothering me and little by little they got worse. I totally gave up hiking. I pretty much have become a couch potato. Without the couch and without the potato.
I have spent the last year or more watching shows, and reading the internet. Sometimes reading the internet is helpful. During my down time I have managed, quite easily I may add, to gain 100 lbs. That is not good considering I was overweight to begin with. The hiking used to help keep my weight constant and at one point I was on my way to getting to a healthy weight.
So here I sit an almost 47 year old woman faced with the possibility of becoming more over weight and probably lose my ability to walk at all.
I had been dabbling in the Paleo diet theory and yes eating just meat basically and vegetables I was able to lose about 20 lbs or so, but I didn’t really feel all that healthy and my knees were still bothering me.
A friend had posted on her Facebook wall that there were 3 body types and you should eat based on what type of body type you have. Well I didn’t really think I fit into any of the 3 so I did a Google search for eating based on body types. What I found on one website was that there were 4 body types. Again I didn’t really fit one of the four exactly. I started reading about Fast Oxidizer, Mixed Oxidizer and Slow Oxidizer. I took the test on the website and the results came back as Fast Oxidizer. Great I thought maybe there is something to this. So I went on a high purine high protein diet, I like meat but actually couldn’t even face the thought of having another piece of meat. I didn’t feel energized. I soon gave that up.
While reading all this information on many websites I came across this man from Australia named Joe Cross and his journey across the United States. He was drinking green juice and losing weight. This inspired me to watch the documentary. It’s called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Hey exactly how I was feeling. In the documentary Joe travels across the United States and meets a lot of people and tells them what he is doing. He meets a trucker that weighs 429 lbs and gives him his phone number. Later on in the documentary the trucker calls Joe and says that he needs help. The trucker is at a point in his life that he feels he just can’t do on the way he is. The trucker, Phil Staples loses a total of 202 lbs.So I watched it and I cried and I got inspired. Joe Cross’s website is http://www.rebootwithjoe.com. This led me to other websites like http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/foodpyramid.aspx#.URgkOGfb7Dd. I watched some Youtube videos on juicing. I found a really invigorating video by Dan McDonald. I have now watched quite a few of Dan’s videos. He is very inspiring. Here is his website. http://www.regenerateyourlife.org/ and his Youtube video station http://www.youtube.com/liferegenerator
I bought a juicer on Feb 2nd. I came home took it out of the box and had my first green juice. It was a little overpowering, but I finished it. I got up the next day and had another. Then for lunch I had another. I have have had a salad for supper I don’t remember. I have been drinking green juice for breakfast all week. I take a salad to work. When I get home from work I mostly ate fruit or a bowl of healthy popped popcorn. The popcorn is not considered raw but every else I ate is.
I got on the scales this morning a week later. Yea I’m down 12 lbs. I now crave the green juice. It makes me feel great. Yesterday I made a Caesar salad. The salad dressing is made out of raw macadamia nuts, raw pine nuts, coconut water, garlic, fresh basil, dates, Himalayan salt and freshly cracked black pepper. This dressing is amazing. It is 1000 times better than what I would normally have used that comes already made in a bottle from the grocery store. WOW…..love it. oh and did I mention down 12 lbs. I have to try not to fixate on the numbers rather how I am feeling. GREAT!!!!