If you check out my blog then you'll know that I've recently experienced/implemented some pretty big changes in my life. Not the least of which is changing my relationship with food. I've always had a love/hate relationship with food. There have been times when I thought food was my only friend. It was certainly the only constant in my life.

As I get older, all of my bad eating habits are starting to catch up to me. I weighed more than I ever have. My joints ached all the time for no reason other than they could no longer support my weight. I had intestinal issues and allergies. My sedentary lifestyle combined with bad food choices was killing me.

I should also mention that I am a diet junky. I've been on just about any diet program you can think of. My mother introduced me to Weight Watchers at the age of 13. She was a lifer and even led a group for awhile. So yeah, I know all the tricks and loopholes to still lose weight without making a permanent lifestyle change.

As an adult I have had to learn how to cook to feed my family. I've never particularly liked to cook even though I do enjoy baking. My approach has always been to make things that I like and I know they will like and stay away from things we all (or most of us) hate. Oh, and to dump a bunch of salt and other seasonings on everything.

25 days ago that all changed. I started Whole30. I encourage you to check it out if you haven't heard of it. They aren't focused so much on weight loss as healthy eating. Their book It Starts with Food was a real eye opener for me. I've always read labels, mainly looking for calories and fat content, but now I know that I need to pay attention to the ingredients. Most of the processed food we eat every day includes some form of sugar.

My non-fat, non-dairy coffee creamer contained high fructose corn syrup...

How can that be good? It's hard enough to stay away from the sweets as it is, but if sugar is in all of our "healthy" non or low-fat foods how am I supposed to kick the sugar habit?

By reading labels and increasing my awareness of what I'm feeding myself. I don't have a specific weight loss goal this time. My goal is to be as healthy as I possibly can be for the second half of my life and not to be addicted to food.

25 days down...

Stay tuned for more updates!

Published by Cathy Langer