Living with a SCI has made me aware of the many details in life that I took for granted that should just take care of them selves. Details, for instance, I would enter a building through the front door or my precious bodily fluids would monitor themselves, but one detail I know I would have paid close attention to no matter what happened in my life, is my weight. I’m a woman that came of age in the 60’s when the mass media of television, movies and magazines was the high demand gospel and I paid attention.
So my body weight had always been on my passive sonar, but after my SCI and my subsequent therapeutic redefining of who I wanted to be, my body weight sonar became an active non-stop pulsing energy. With a glaring magnifying glass in hand and a sunny vision of my future I read the writing on my wall. If I was to move through my life with ease, than I best be keeping my weight down using some time-tested keys.
The usual suspect keys, included exercise, of which I did plenty of as an athlete.
Food portion control, this I didn’t think too much about while in my hay day of sporty girl. Calorie control well, off and on I’ve juggled this key, yo-yo dieting and I discovered I can be an emotional eater meaning life’s ups and downs meant “what’s in the fridge?” All these keys opened wide the doors to my acceptable body weight management. But now I’m 59 years, not as sporty girl as I was and controlling calories and portions is just not working as well as I want. Instead of berating and battling myself for sneaky pounds settling on my hips I enlisted science to unlock a new portal.
We manipulate so much to get our needs met, our finances, people and circumstances so why not manipulate our food to serve us? As a competitive athlete I ate for action and recovery, with positive results, so after turning fifty I started looking around at food science and trends in weight management. I experimented with taking wheat out of my meals, I felt more energized and had less bloating, and I now avoid gluten in the food. I read Skinny ####
, was extremely yucked-out and stopped eating pigs, cows, deer, moose, bear, buffalo and birds. I continue to eat the fishy and chicken eggs with a pleasant unexpected change of a somewhat, stabilizing of my weight.
Since I enjoy my meals, my current science search is focused on foods that rev up my metabolism, spark into action fat burning hormones and help clear toxins out of my body. Since I eat the fishy this fishy is already in my diet, wild caught salmon. It’s important to eat wild caught fish on an account of its higher levels of omega-3 oils. I eat this fishy three time a week and adding it maybe one of the reasons I’m not craving sugar quite so much due to its ability to improve insulin sensitivity.
I discovered another reason for my depressed sweet tooth, the addition of avocado four times a week and it’s monounsaturated fat to my meals. Avocado’s fat is a fast talking Speedy Gonzales when it comes to helping my body shed pounds. As a dinner guest it keeps the conversation going with fat burning hormones and shifts the subject with fat storage hormones. Wow holy guacamole! On the subject of more fat in my meals and less fat on me, I have to mention the big guys, Brazil nuts. Their high levels of selenium, an antioxidant, already make them power houses and now knowing how Brazil nuts elevate my metabolism I won’t be discarding them from the mixed nuts.
Science can’t say enough good stuff about the cruciferous vegetables, cabbage, broccoli, broccoli rabe, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, bok choy, kale, collards, arugula, kohlrabi, mustard greens, turnips, radish and watercress. They are brimming with ingredients that when eaten form the phytonutrient sulforaphane that encourages enzymes to burn body fat and detoxify. Nice. What’s even nicer is that three-day-old sprouts of cauliflower and broccoli have 50 times more sparking and flushing power.
I’m learning that as I age with a SCI the details add up. I can’t randomly eat whatever is in front of me if I want to feel the vitality of a 30 year old, because in my brain this is the age I am, I have to get some new keys made for my kingdom. It’s a stroke of luck for me that I enjoy the taste of this food, now all I need is someone to cook for me!
Blessings to All and bonne sante! In Joy, Candace
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