“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.”

– Deepak Chopra

This quote spoke volumes to me.  For so long with my health I’ve been a prisoner in my own body. My health issues in part were a result of stress in my life. Continued issues, aside from Crohn’s Disease, were my inability to handle stress properly. I never drank alcohol, smoked or did drugs, so the next go to addiction for a lot of people is food. Food, mostly sugary treats, was comforting possibly because my mother’s baking represented the happy times at home. Just a theory. It Was A Dark and Stormy Time.

Much research went into how to restore my decaying body.

It started with diet. Trying to find an eating plan where I could lose weight and get healthy. Of course, all health promoting eating plans involve getting rid of processed foods, sugar and grains.

No sugar- how will I survive?

It’s not about low carb, it’s about low crap.

The juicing, raw vegan diet did not fare well with my body. I was disappointed because I got so jacked watching videos about people getting healthy and losing weight by eating raw and going vegan.

I survived 33 days on juicing; basically, I spent most of the time in the commode.

I experienced a stint only eating raw fruits and veggies. What went in rushed out looking very similar.

How can I live like this?

Cookies and the like never gave me problems except weight gain. The Mayo Clinic low fiber diet was suggested to me at one point. This diet didn’t look any healthier than my cookie idea.

I buckled down doing more research.  Points I was looking for:

  • Weight Loss
  • Health building
  • Reverse Aging
  • Body regeneration

It started with – the less you eat the better. OK, that makes sense.

***Intermittent Fasting

Eating once a day and leaving a fasting window of 16- 20 hours. This worked well for me. I don’t usually eat till noon anyway.

I found in the past that as soon as I ate, I wanted to keep eating. So, the later I ate the better. My eating window from 12 noon to 6 pm worked well.  Also, the earlier I ate my last meal the less acid reflux when I went to bed. I gave this way of eating 3 stars.  Less cravings, acid reflux gone, weight loss.

“I fast for greater physical and mental efficiency.”

– Plato

***Low Carb

Looking into this trendy way of eating was encouraging. Getting rid of all the fruits and veggies that caused me grief was a plus. There is a whole other science behind ‘veggies are trying to kill us’. That’s for you to research and decide. Grains made sense to me. I seemed to find when I dove into the bread basket, rashes surfaced. I gave this way of eating 4 stars. Weight loss, simpler meals, no stomach problems, no skin problems.

“Human Beings are supposed to eat low-carb by definition, that’s not just a fad or the latest thing, that’s actually in our genes.” 

– Dr. Ken Berry

Health Building

Did you know with intermittent fasting and a good clean diet the body can trigger rapid cellular regeneration?

Did you know the human body is in a constant state of regeneration from the cells in our skeleton to the nails in our toes?

  • Liver cells are replaced 300- 500 days.
  • Intestinal cells are replaced every 5 days.
  • Skin cells are replaced every 39 days.
  • Skeleton is replaced every 10 years.
  • Heart Endothelial cells are replaced every 6 years.
  • Red Blood cells are replaced every 120 days.

Source: Healthline

You might ask what happens to the old cells that are replaced by new cells (if you are eating healthy your new cells will be healthy)?

Autophagy is the body’s way of cleaning out damaged cells, in order to regenerate newer, healthier cells, according to Priya Khorana, PhD, in nutrition education from Columbia University

Benefits of Autophagy:

  • Anti-Aging
  • Recycling residual proteins
  • Prompts regeneration and healthy cells
  • Provides energy and building blocks for cells that can benefit from repair.

This is a condensed overview; you can dive in deeper if these topics interest you. It did me and I was able to chart out a plan that worked for me.

The point being….

You are not a victim when it comes to most of your bodily functions. Especially diseases caused by inflammation. That being said, there are some things that might be out of your control.

You have the POWER to change.

Eliminate: Drugs, alcohol, smoking, maintain a healthy weight and stay away from processed foods.

Try and eliminate: Pharmaceutical drugs as much as possible when you are ready.

Add: Daily exercise, meditation, quality sleep

Listen: To your body, nobody knows you better than you.

I regret not taking charge of my health. Instead I followed advice like a lamb to slaughter. (Check out The Prequel to My Success, The Naked Truth)

Don’t be a prisoner with your past bad habits. Take your power back and be a pioneer to your best health.

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” 

– Hippocrates
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