September 4, 2007

A Better Way.

Do you know why I really like you all? Because when I talk about doing crazy arse things like eating nothing but cayenne pepper for 10 days, you all are kind enough to say, "Hey, Earth to Emery! Howz about, instead of eating NOTHING for ten days, you just eat, um, HEALTHY??" And then I'm all... "Oh! I would have never thought of that, thanks!" as I loudly smack my gum and vacantly twirl my hair around my index finger.


So, plans have changed around these parts. Starting today, I am soda-free. I am drinking mostly water. (Also allowed- a cup of coffee in the AM.) Starting today, Chris and I are going to steer clear from gross snacky foods and things that contain High Fructose Corn Syrup or Partially Hydrogenated Oils. Did you know that many European countries have completely banned the use of partially hydrogenated oils in their foods? And yet, here in America, it's hard to find any foods that aren't LOADED with it. Yikes. Apparently, it's cheaper to manufacture foods with high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils, so that's what we get! Thanks, food companies! You're slowly killing us, but it makes me feel all warm and gooshy inside knowing that, at the the end of the day, you're saving a penny or two! Yay for you!


I'm done with it. So, we're going to eat less sugar and more fruits, veggies, and water. Simple.

I will let you know how the progress is going. I am most looking forward to FEELING BETTER, as Flo and Skylana have attested to. I'm sick of feeling tired and burnt out all the time. Having no energy and depending on caffeine for a "pick-me-up". I'm SO ready to start allowing my body to function as it was made to. And, last night I dug the YMCA schedule back out from underneath the pile of mail by the phone because I'd also like to start being active again. I need to get my heart pumping a couple of times a week.

Thank you all again for helping Chris and I come to this decision. If it hadn't been for your advice, I probably would have started the cleanse, and then given up on it after one or two days, and become completely discouraged. I feel SO much better about this choice- taking steps towards a healthier diet and lifestyle- and I know I will absolutely love how it makes me feel.

Stay Tuned for the results! And, anyone care to join me?


Misguided Mommy said...


Flo Oakes said...

I PROMISE you will feel better...
I'm not surprised that other countries have banned those awful things...we always seem behind in nutrition and health, and we are one of the most obese nations.
Good for you Emery!
It is also amazing to think that you are going to be instilling healthy eating habits in Ezra..just by being healthy yourself, not to mention that by being healthier, you will have more energy to run after the little man.
I know I don't know you very well, but I really feel a "kindred spirit"-ness with you and I'm so proud of your healthy change! Woo hoo!!

Andrea June said...

I started grad school again today, and it's a total haven for icky foods and soda. I will gladly join you...maybe that way I can lose some of the weight I gained last year. Woohoo!

Coral said...

I've never had more fun reading, than when I read your blog. I'm a med student who should be studying but I find that it's so fun to peruse the web and read on about other peoples' lives. I never really got to know you but I must say, it's been fun getting to know your heart through your blog. You encourage me to continue to pursue God's heart and dreams for me. Write on and keep taking pictures and storing pictures and eating healthy (my roommate has gone Raw, look that one up), and living life.

I've been meaning to say this for a while. Thanks, C

momar said...

whew !

blackbird said...

This plan sounds quite reasonable -
no soda, less high fructose, more fruit and veg?
We could try that.

Britt said...

I bet that this diet will taste much better. Best of luck!!

Maggie said...

i know it sounds simple but i think you'll be SHOCKED to find that high fructose corn syrup is in just about everything. it's seriously insane. the first couple trips to the grocery store are hard because you have to read EVERY label but once you find the products that you can eat, it's pretty easy. yay for you!

Tara Jones said...

yay! no more bad stuff:) if you have a trader joe's out there (prob not) or a ralphs then you can find a lot of good "icky-free" food to eat!

hannah's mom said...

i'm on board. no pop. no high fructose. more fresh stuff. more exercise. let's do this.

Jeninacide said...

Yay! This plan sounds so much more yummy!!

I would be right there with ya if I wasn't preggers and totally obsessed with chocolate- but don't get me wrong! I heart my Odwalla fruit juice and also my green beans and broccoli- oh and Brussel Sprouts- who woulda thought those would be good?

: )