Diabetes, Food Addiction, Hypertension, Low-Carb Cruise, Low-Carb Diet, Nutrition, People Pleasing

A Year of Putting Myself First

20160519_170133000_iOSFood addiction, pre-diabetes, hypertension, people pleasing… sound familiar?  This is the kind of stuff I’ve been struggling with for years – some of these conditions I have had since childhood.

In the past 2 years I entered an eating disorder recovery center for several months, where I was officially diagnosed with a binge-eating disorder. After “graduating” I did a few more months of therapy, saw a nutritionist, and spent some time in OA.

While in recovery, I learned a lot of new skills to deal with life, emotions, people, and how to take time to take care of myself. Unfortunately, somehow the busyness of life took over again and old habits snuck back in…

Putting Myself First Again

For the next 12 months, I want to practice putting myself first again. This is not at all a selfish goal. For most of my life I wanted to make sure everyone around me was taken care of and ignored my own needs. I had a hard time saying no to others, even if I didn’t want to do, whatever it was they wanted. Food always made everything better, but only for a short time. Never mind that my way of dealing with negative emotions, stress, or life in general made me gain weight, got me depressed, and eventually ran my blood pressure and glucose levels up. In treatment I learned to be more assertive, feel my emotions without needing food, and how to take time for myself without feeling guilty. My goal is to build on these new skills, strengthen my recovery in the coming year, and share the practical things I’m doing to get peace back in my life with you by my side.

Make Life Amazing Again

In the coming year you will see posts about how to handle difficult situations as an introvert, how to get pre-diabetes and, hopefully, high blood pressure back in check, what to do when tempted to go on a full-blown binge, and finally how to relax in the evenings and weekends with feeding your soul and not so much your stomach.

In the meantime, you can read some of my older posts below. I’ve written about how a low-carb lifestyle has helped with my binges, even before I entered official treatment.

Now Your Turn…

Along the way, I’d love to hear about your stories, your struggles, your victories. How do you practice self-care to bring a few moments of sanity in your life? Is there a specific topic you’d like me to cover? Do you have any questions?

You can comment below or send me a private message via my contact page.

*** Remember, I can only share my own experience and cannot give you professional advice. I’ll leave that to the specialists. ***




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2013 Low-Carb Cruise Success-Story in the Making

If you have never been on a Low-Carb Cruise, you’re missing out!  This year’s cruise departed from Galveston, TX and stopped in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and Cozumel, Mexico.  When we weren’t having fun playing with the stingrays and sea-turtles in the Cayman Islands, we got to hang out with all the low-carb experts (and yes, they are normal people, just like you and me), learned a lot from awesome lectures during sea days, and made tons of new friends.

The talks were so informative and motivating and I have learned that even a little bit of wheat acts like an opiate and can wreak havoc in the body, in my case, my hands and ankles swell nicely.  Who needs that?  Another interesting fact I picked up was that consuming artificially sweetened food, can still cause an insulin response, when the food passes taste receptors in the intestines.  If you ask me, I am not interested in increasing my diabetes risk even more than it already is.  Especially motivating was the touching presentation of success stories from some fellow low-carbers on this cruise.  Wow, if these people can make such a huge difference in their lives, I thought, so can I.

My biggest motivator, however, was winning the Low-Carb Cruise grand prize of $500 towards a stateroom of the 2013 Low-Carb Cruise, which is setting sail in New Orleans next May.  I’ll post more about that when I know more.  Anyway, my goal for next year’s cruise is to have a success-story myself.  I really want this!!!

So, What Would I Consider Success?

  No more swollen ankles
  Awesome blood-work
  Comfortably wear a size 14 (or smaller) jeans

My Action Plan:

♥  Stay entirely off wheat (which causes my swelling)
♥  Ditch the diet coke (can cause weight-loss stalls)
  Lay off all sweeteners (can cause insulin response)
♥  Shape-Shift (tone up twice a week)
  Journal and blog at least once or twice a week about my progress
  Get blood-work done ASAP & again before the cruise
♥  And, of course, continue to eat low-carb

So, one day after my return from the cruise (did I mention that I did not gain a single pound on the trip), I’m off to a good start.  I finished off my last diet coke, stayed low-carb all day, and my ketostick was a nice pink.  I like it when I burn fat and make ketones!

Stay tuned for more progress…

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Going on the 2012 Low-Carb Cruise

Yes, I’ve made up my mind!  I’m going on the next low-carb cruise!!!  There’s no turning back now – I already paid the deposit and May can’t come soon enough.

It was a tough decision, though.  I’ve been listening to low-carb podcasts for several months now and everybody made this huge deal about this cruise where a bunch of low-carbers and paleo folks did some sort of convention.  Everybody who has been to one of those cruises sounded so excited about this event, that I often thought that it would be really cool to go on one of them myself.  But who’s got the money? Plane tickets are not cheap if you fly in from Germany.  Who’s watching the cats? Can I get time off from work?

The crucial turning point came on my 40th birthday.  It was in the middle of the week, and I felt neglected and disappointed as I was sitting at my desk, waiting for my hubby and kids to call me in the office to wish me a happy birthday.  After lunch, my boss noticed that something was wrong.  After a while, he asked me:  “What is it that you’d really like to do one day?”  I thought for a minute and smiled as an idea popped into my head. “I want to go on the low-carb cruise.”  Yeah, if only I could…  He looked at me a bit puzzled and I had to explain what a low-carb cruise was.  He then said: “Just go.  You deserve it!  You’ve raised your kids all these years.  You took care of everyone in your family.  Do something for yourself.”

That evening, I went home and thought long and hard.  We are moving back to the States in January.  No, I can’t go on vacation that soon after moving!  We have to find a house, get settled, I have to find a new job, a cruise is too expensive… There were so many reasons why not to go. I asked my husband if he’d go with me, but he said he can’t take leave so soon after arriving at his new unit.  So great, I’d be going on my own… As I was going to sleep, my head was still spinning.  The fear of going on vacation alone (after being married for 20 years) and having to step out of my comfort zone by sharing a room with a stranger almost made me want to say no, but then I realized that this trip would be the opportunity of a life-time.  I’d get to go on a cruise for the first time.  I’d get to meet many of the experts I hear on my favorite podcasts.  Plus, I’ll finally meet some other real-life low-carbers (there aren’t many where I live now).  Also, we’re probably just getting settled at our new duty station when the cruise starts, by then I’m really going to be ready for some vacation.  And so I made up my mind to go.