Daily Archives: February 6, 2012

Too Much of a Good Thing?

How much is too much?

Too much money?

Too much free time?

Too much love?  Awwwwh…  there is never too much love. [Well, unless you count lots of little people trying play king of the lap while I’m trying do reading with my kindergartener.  THAT feels like just a little too much love.]

How about too much FRUIT?  I mean, fruit is a great thing – right?

But who remembers the “grapefruit diet” trend that went on years ago.  Eat a grapefruit for every meal…  Seriously?  Who thought this would be a good idea.  Yuck!  It should have been called “How to get sick of grapefruits super fast so that you never wish to eat one again!”   I can even make a grapefruit face.  Lips together – and PUCKER.

If you can’t do something, and do it for the rest of your life – then WHY BOTHER?  So whatever the trend is today… ask yourself – IS THAT going to help me keep my weight at a healthy level for life?

Am I willing to do that forever?

ARE YOU?

I know Fat-Free dieting didn’t work, neither did that carb free diet (hello, your body NEEDS carbs, just the good ones!  Not to mention it made you a grouch!), the Sugar busters diet didn’t work either because again… lots of good foods have sugars… so know how much is ok!  How about drinking your meals everyday?  Is that a lifestyle?  How about the hormone diets… how are those working long-term – and are the long-term effects of some of these fads?

So NOW what?

Sure there are lots of crazy ways out there to lose weight, control your weight, satisfy your hunger, cleanse your body of toxins… but when it comes down to it – you HAVE TO LEARN what your body needs, and how to feed it properly, and exercise.  If you do not learn those things – sadly you will be on a yo-yo of gaining and losing weight for the rest of your life.  Maybe that “last five pounds” isn’t moving because you body needs it?

If you like short-term successes only – then by all means… knock yourself out.  But you’ll also burn yourself out really quickly.

Here is a little chart from the USDA Nutrient Database that my friend Jillisa shared with me (Thanks Jillisa!).  It shows some info about the nutrition information on fruits.  Look through here and see if there are any surprises for you.  Keep in mind a normal serving is probably smaller than a 100 gm serving.  A serving of fruit fits in a cupped hand.

So now tell me – can you get too much of a good thing?

Definitely.

We have to keep paying attention to what we’re putting in.  Lots of people push avocados – I’ve seen beautiful ads and commercials for them – and they do have lots of great things in them… but, like nuts – they also have a lot of FATS and calories too.  Bananas are an awesome source of potassium, but can also rack up the sugars in a hurry.  We live in the information age, and we have the information we need to make the best choices for our bodies.  Don’t waste it!  Use it to continue being healthy for HIM!

“But I have received everything in full, and have an abundance; I am amply supplied.”

 – Philippians 4:18

Being Glad

Sometimes I workout and think – “that felt great… awesome workout!” *High Five*

Then there are the days that I’m just feeling like I have lead in my legs, or shoes… or a combination of both.

Those are the days I just think – UGH… this workout seems REALLY long. What? 45 minutes left? Uuuuugh! Please God, get me through! (and He does!)

I’m thankful for my workout partner… because my husband is great encouragement also, when I’m not feeling 100%! He’s there to remind me just who I strive to please.

Life is like that too. Sometimes … you can just feel a little off… Sometimes it lasts a long time. You know something is wrong, but you don’t know what.

I’ve been struggling for quite sometime with issues. We’ll vaguely just call them … digestion issues. It started when I was younger… we tried to pin point what it might be… but never could figure it out. Preservatives, stress… it was something.

I was pretty careful about what I ate, because of the issues. By careful, I mean – I ate a lot of comfort foods and carbs. I didn’t want to stray too far from what I knew made me feel ok.

Mysterious sauces were out, oils, sausages… chinese food… orange juice… sometimes it was things I really liked… buttermilk brownies… would just kill me. The list was always changing, and I just would get so frustrated at the width of substances or situations that seems to trigger me. I finally started just knowing what I could eat at certain places, and if I wasn’t at home – I just stuck to that menu. I also avoided stressful situations or things that I knew would tip me off… because sometimes I could be sick for weeks.

I frequently caught slack for not being more “experimental”… but most people who truly knew me. Knew. It was much more about how I’d feel [starting 15-30 minutes after I ate for a few hours or more] – than me not wanting to try something new.

One of the awesome things about being pregnant is that your hormones and everything in your body is changed up. So, essentially I’ve had a good 12 years of not as much trouble with my digestive system… and that was a real blessing. Maybe God gives us a break because we’re so sick feeling in other ways at that time? But, alas… great things sometimes come to an end – and thus, my digestive issues…

ARE BACK.

IN full force. About 9 months ago, it was like someone flipped a switch. Possibly a switch was flipped because a number of things can trigger changes that become your new normal.

Right now we’re on the path of trying to figure out just what it is that makes me sick… possibly lactose intolerance. This actually makes a lot of sense… but that can also go along with gluten intolerance. Oy! Neither of which are some death sentence, and I will survive – but it’s a learning curve as we begin to not only pay attention to the best types of foods – but everything in every food, and how my body seems effected.

Just when I thought I was educated “enough” about what I put into my body…

God says, THINK AGAIN.

I’m actually very thankful though, and I’ve chosen to be glad. Like I said, it could be worse… much worse, and right now I’m just thankful we’re looking for answers … and I’m looking forward to being able to FEEL better a majority of the time again. Very glad.

What’s that song, written on a Scripture? Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say REJOICE! After all, He made this body – and by His design I am what I am.

It’s been a beautiful weekend… productive, and fruitful (The potty training child is now a “big kid” and has made MUCH progress – Praise God!). I pray the same amount of productivity for you as we enter a new work week! Lots of new posts in the progress – we’ll chat again soon!

“What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice.” – Philippians 1:18

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