Archive | September 2011

Being prepared… and facing challenges!

Well, I survived another Instructors’ weekend for Ski Patrol. Although I find it a little stressful, we have wonderful IT’s (Instructor Trainers) that make it so much easier. Getting recertified is always a challenge for me now with the way I eat.

I am used to having to prepare ahead of time due to the limited food options available to me over the course of the weekend. Pizza and cake are not my friends anymore and have been cut out of my “will”.

This year I brought an Atkins friendly lunch of veggies, sloppy joe and cut up hamburger with a piece of sliced havarti and a dollop of garlic butter… yes, Paleo is proving itself to be difficult for me. I had coconut milk in my coffee in the morning but had cream in my coffee the rest of the day; ok, I pick my “battles” when it comes to my WOE and trying the Paleo WOE (way of eating).

Fortunately I brought my own car and had some protein bars in the trunk on Saturday. I had a protein Jello packed in the lunchbag. Did I mention the microwave they had wasn’t functional? 😦

So there I sat at lunch while everyone feasted on Pizza and Cake to celebrate one of the other Instructor’s birthdays with my Quest protein bar and a protein jello (which has a funny, unenjoyable aftertaste). It wasn’t much fun but at least it raised my blood sugars enough to function for the afternoon.

I used my derby knee pads quite a bit during the weekend for the kneeling things we had to do like CPR and patient assessment. I got some teasing due to wearing them but didn’t care because they definitely save your knees when you’re kneeling on cement so often. My mother complimented me that evening after I told her of this. One of my IT’s even said he thought it showed great preparation… (a trait admired in First Aid Instructors)… ok, I added the bracket remark… true though 😉

What’s my point to all this, my friends? Be your own person!! Although you “dance to the beat of your own drum” others will admire you. And even if they don’t the only person you have to answer to at the end of the day is yourself.

We went to a breakfast buffet on Sunday for lunch break and I ate the way I eat; protein, veggies, fat (butter), a bit of cheese, etc. They had a nice omellete station, and although I got the wrong omellette, it hit the spot smothered in whipped butter and salsa! Having to endure watching people eat desserts around me was difficult but I had a couple pieces of cheese and considered that dessert. I found out they had melon but was so full that it didn’t appeal to me at that point.

My exam went well Sunday afternoon because I was fuelled with protein and fat.

It takes courage to go “against the grain”, literally. Is it worth it though? You’d better believe it! To quote Shakespeare, “to thine self be true”. People may not understand the way you eat, even after explaining it to them, but the only person that has to understand it is you, my friends! Stay strong and know you are eating the way you do for you and your health.

LCHF, low carb and Paleo <3,
Laurie

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This entry was posted on September 13, 2011. 1 Comment

Paleo-ish Challenge…. & Inspiration!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a blog and it’s about time I do another. A lot has gone on lately and I’m very inspired!

I’ve been watching a few of the lectures from the Ancestral Health Symposium that took place in August in Los Angeles, CA. I love the technology of the internet and that if you miss an awesome lecture series you can catch up on the videos online. I would highly recommend seeing some of these seminars online… http://vimeo.com/ancestralhealthsymposium/videos

I’ve been reading Robb Wolf’s book “The Paleo Solution; The Original Human Diet” as well as seeing my friends Jimmy and Christine Moore getting fired up about the Paleo way of eating and it has gotten me wondering if dairy is really my friend after all. For those of you unaware of the differnce between Paleo vs. low carb or LCHF (Low Carb High Fat), essentially Paleo eliminates Dairy, believing the proteins in milk are as bad as the protein gluten is in wheat. As in Atkins, Paleo & Primal WOE (way of eating) has a “sliding scale” of how much dairy and carbs people can eat. As Jimmy Moore would say “your mileage may vary”.

So I’ve started my Paleo challenge today. If I do nothing else except cut out the cream in my coffee in the morning I will consider this challenge a success. I know I drink too many dairy carbs in a day for coffee and I want to see if cutting out the cream will make a difference in how I feel.

I am so proud of my friends lately. I have some friends who have approached me in counselling them in my WOE and lifestyle changes. I am more convinced than ever that this is why God has spared my health years ago (I nearly died; no joke)… to help people with bad health who want the help. It humbles me to help people change their lives for the better and get healthy and excited about life again. I know that for years I was merely existing in a body not suitable to what I wanted to accomplish in life or how I wanted to live.

It encourages me and fires my soul to see my friends get results, improve their health and not be hungry while doing it by eating a diet that nature has intended for us. Sugar, Wheat and Grain products are poison to us, as are some bad fats and Soy. I’m not saying I’m perfect all the time… far from it. I have had a couple of slipups lately and have probably been harder on myself than anyone else ever could. I get back to the WOE I live and love and know I will eat this way for the rest of my time here on earth.

As far as my personal life, things have been going well. I “levelled up” in Roller Derby from Level 3 to Level 4 and I am now a Level 5 in endurance, 27 laps in 5 mins., the highest level (minimum is 25 laps for Level 5 🙂 To say I’m happy would be an understatement! All this by eating a LCHF diet. No “healthy whole grains” for this gal, although I still do use the occasional low carb piece of toast or l/c wrap for a burger out. Very rare though.

As long as I can breathe I will condone this lifestyle for those who want to get healthy and not suffer while doing it and help them with any way I can. As they say “those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter”. I spoke to a new friend on the phone who is going to be my cabinmate for the next Low Carb Cruise and she and I discussed this very subject. Keep people in your life that enhance it and cut out the ones that make your life toxic and you will be the you that you were meant to be. Life is too short!

LCHF/Paleo <3,
Laurie 🙂

This entry was posted on September 6, 2011. 1 Comment