Mental Health is the One True Wealth

A Princess and her Journey to Health

Tag: nutrition

Back on Board

I’ve been missing from here for months now. I guess the reason was I fell off the wagon in regards to working out and eating well. In times of personal turmoil I tend to distance myself rather than keep up pretences, which isn’t all bad. Am I right? Honesty is the best policy and I suppose I wouldn’t want to be misleading.

2016 wasn’t my greatest year. I could sit here and tell you that it’s because I lost motivation or I was lazy but I’m going to tell you a secret. As much as I will probably deny it if you were to say something to my face, I’m much to hard on myself. There it is. I gained a couple of pounds. Does that mean you should totally lose all the love you had for yourself? No, but alas, I did. I find it hard to look past these things. I feel like I’ve failed and disappointed myself. But I haven’t! The only reason to truly be disappointed would be if I couldn’t see these things. If I did not pick myself back up from this minor set back and start working towards my goals again.

I’ve come into this year with fresh perspective, an open mind and most importantly, a mission to find my confidence and self love again. I sometimes forget that I have so much to give and instead focus on my downfalls but this is where that ends. This year will be dedicated to myself. The year of Sorcha’s goals. Of course I’m being completely idealistic, but hey, it’s January and who isn’t?

Today marks my 7th day of being both gluten and dairy free. If you’ve been following this blog for a while I’m sure you know this isn’t the first time I’ve tried this. The first time, it went down like a lead balloon. Crashed and burned. That was probably more to do with my lack of knowledge/preparation than anything else. Going cold turkey I have been cranky, which is actually a sign that you do in fact have a gluten allergy. If I am not single by the end of this, I will be amazed. I decided to jump on board with the Blogilates 28 day Reset: http://www.blogilates.com/blog/2016/12/28/your-28-day-reset-challenge/ which eliminates 5 things from your diet, before slowly reintroducing them after the 28 days to see what causes a negative reaction in your body. These are:

  1. Gluten
  2. Dairy
  3. Alcohol
  4. Processed foods
  5. Sugar

This was initially a nightmare. I take sugar in my tea and coffee. Butter on my toast. TOAST. Bread, noodles, cheese ( I miss you most, buddy), chocolate, pasta. All a no no for these 28 days. At the beginning of the week I was constantly starving and tired but I managed to still get my PIIT28 workouts in. I’m still tired but the hunger evened itself out and I got better at planning my meals around the ‘okayed’ foods. And you know what? Turkey meatballs are actually pretty good. Who knew? I’ve already started to notice things. My stomach aches are a thing of the past, my skin is glowing and no more headaches from coming down off sugar highs! Also feels good to say that I’ve lost 1kg in just 6 short days. Bonus points.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t counting down the 21 days until the end of this but I do actually think I will keep off gluten. Dairy, not so much because I seriously miss cheese and butter but it’s doable for a month. Not having sugar in my tea is a kicker and I’m so looking forward to a cuppa after this challenge. It’s encouraged me to cook more wholesome meals and eat more intuitively. Also, all that extra fruit I’ve been eating can’t be  a bad thing. I’ll keep this blog updated every week as this challenge progresses. Fellow Reset followers, keep strong, we got this!

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Eat to Grow

One of the main differences in myself that really only hit me a minute ago, is my thought process surrounding food. I used to stick to around 1,200 calories a day and if I exercised, it was a bonus because I got to work off some of those. So most days my body was in starvation mode. I’ve since stopped counting calories unless I feel as if they’re low. So earlier I did a quick review of what I’ve eaten today and got so excited because I have so many calories to make up. I got excited. And I’ll work out later so score, even more food. 

Food is fuel and my new motto is eat to grow. I won’t ever let my body be in starvation mode again. I don’t want to be skinny and I don’t want a thigh gap. I don’t want to feel tired or have dry, damaged hair from bad nutrition. I’m in love with the idea of being strong and healthy. There’s this feeling of being solid and invincible that comes with working out and bettering yourself. That feeling keeps me going and it makes me feel like me. 

I fell off the path in my fitness journey for a while but I got back up and I’ve started again. The ache in my muscles after a hard workout and the pushing of my boundaries mentally and physically is invigorating. It makes me so happy and I don’t think a lot of my friends and family understand that.

This isn’t about losing weight. It isn’t about hating my body and wanting to change it, it’s quite the opposite. This is loving my body enough to want to make it healthy and strong, pushing myself to get better and fuelling my body correctly. Chocolate bar? No thanks, give me something full of protein. Proper nutrition is important to me because it’s the difference between wanting to sleep all day and feeling sluggish, and being happy and feeling like I can conquer the world.  

This journey is everything to me. It’s my journey to self and to seeing what I can achieve when I really try. The changes in my body are from my own hard work and the determination that comes from within me. This is all just for me. Health is a gift to me from me. It’s the best gift I’ve ever recieved.