After discovering over two years ago that I had some food allergies, and doing nothing about it for a year, I finally took initiative. I cut out gluten (which exists in more foods than I EVER thought possible!), and (to some sadness) dairy. I was more disappointed about the dairy since I decided to do this in the summer, and the ice cream man comes by our house on Friday evenings, but I had to do SOMETHING! I have been working hard to find foods that I CAN eat, and try to eat less processed products. I have learned that I can drink Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla milk (with a little Nestle Quik in it) or like it on Gluten Free Chex cereal. The local yogurt shop, Mango Mama, has diary free sorbet, which some of the flavors are super yummy!
There are times that I wish that I didn’t have to go out of my way to find things that are gluten and dairy free, but I believe my health is improving. I feel better, have more energy, and have lost weight.
I also started using myfitnesspal.com (and the app for iPhone) to track my eating and activities.
R started soccer practice a couple of weeks ago. I have been using that time (an hour) to walk at the park. I can generally get in about 4 miles in the time that he has practice. I use Endomondo (iPhone app) to track my walks at the park. I got myself a pedometer (I got an Omron from Amazon, I’ll post how it is working out later), so I can track my daily steps (beyond my workouts).
I think the overall message that I am trying to convey is - sometimes, things are hard. Sometimes things don’t go as well as we would like, but stick with it, and results will show!