Life is what you make it. I think it is kind of ironic that I am finally realizing this at age 50. You have choices and only you can make the choice that is right for you. This post is about what has made me come to the conclusion about the recent food consumption choices I am making, not so much about the recipe, although I am including the recipe for my breakfast here today along with the nutritional information. I am making a conscious effort to know what I am putting into my mouth. I have found that in just one week, I have lost the heavy carb craving along with the need to snack in between meals. This is giving me the inspiration to continue on. I'm not paying attention to the scales. I'm paying attention to how I feel.
Last fall I was put on Synthroid (the only medication I am on by the way!). This was after more than a year of feeling drained and exhausted, out of breath even. Not to mention a weight gain of over 20 pounds in what seemed like less than 2 months. I could not get up to cook our dinner without having to sit down every few minutes in between. I was having heart palpitations and even some dizzy spells. I had many other symptoms, but the doctors don't like to listen to you. I finally had to put my foot down. After all, almost every female in my mom's side of the family has a thyroid issue. My primary care doctor made me feel like she "knew" more than I did myself and it irritated me. While I still love her and am keeping her as my doctor, I had to take control of my life and my health because I knew she wasn't hearing what I was saying. I went to the endocrinologist and that day I was there I was in tears. Tears because I felt like after I told him everything, he still was not going to listen to me. That is when the miracle happened. Despite what he "thought", he decided to listen to me and he put me on a low dose of meds. Two months later I am back in his office and I'm a different woman. I'm no longer as exhausted as I was. I was sleeping better, I was not an emotional roller coaster breaking into tears over anything imaginable. I may be 50 years old, but that did not mean I was having pre-menopausal symptoms which were the road I felt the doctors were trying to take me. My follow up visit convinced him that what he did was right and he kept me on the meds. I will be back in another month or so for another follow-up. I'm still feeling great. I have my normal cry, my normal tired. I feel normal again.
That all being said, I decided this last week that I was going to change my lifestyle with food. Sure, I love to bake and I love to cook and who doesn't love to eat? However, I can choose to eat what I need to be healthy (and lose some weight) and nobody ever says I can't choose to have a treat once in a while! I went sugar-free the last week and ate lower carb. I feel better. I don't feel as sluggish. I'm going to keep doing it. 🙂 Thankfully I have some awesome blogs to follow while doing this. I have read Carolyn's blog All Day I Dream About Food for a long time. She is an excellent resource for me with Grumpy's diabetes. She is now going to be an excellent resource for me recipe-wise. I'm excited. I'm happy, and most of all, I am ALIVE 🙂
Note: this does not mean that I am going to stop baking. I write a food blog 🙂 I also have a large group of young people at my job who devoured brownies I made last Sunday in less than 30 minutes. So, while my lifestyle with food is changing and you will see the results of that here, you will also see my activities as a food blogger who loves to bake continue to happen.