Thursday, October 7, 2010

Organic Eating Check In

Happy Thursday!  It has been about a month since I started to incorporate more organic foods into my diet as a result of reading two books:  Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels and The Hormone Diet by Dr. Natasha Turner.  I have not had an official blood test to see if I have real thyroid concerns, but thyroid issues do run in my family and I am a big fan of preventative care.  I have contacted a friend who has a doctor that she likes and trusts for me to get some blood work done-- the last "doctor" I went to was my work doctor and a complete and total a-hole who didn't give me an accurate test that I trust.  So, until then. . .

I have to tell you, I really feel and see a difference in my body!  The products that I have switched to:  organic dairy (milk, eggs, coffee cream and occasionally organic yogurt- still trying to find a brand that I like as much as Fage), organic meats when possible, organic produce or local produce, organic coffee, filtered water from my Brita pitcher, organic face and body wash, organic body lotion (vanilla by Jason is JUST DIVINE), and organic deodorant.  I am not a huge fan of the deodorant-- I am a sweater!!!

From Jillian's book I have stopped drinking any caffeine after noon.  I struggled with this at first because I always made myself a cup of coffee before my shift at work, but I really have grown used to it.  As a result, I have been sleeping better at night and I have much less breast sensitivity and swelling in my hands and feet due to PMS.  Normally I feel like Violet Beauregard from Willy Wonka ("My daughter's a blueberry!") but not this month.  That is awesome.

My skin also feels smoother and any eczema patches I had seem to be all but gone.  I feel like I have less acne.  I feel less bloated.

I don't know if this is all in my head or really a result of trying my hardest to only ingest the healthiest, my whole foods possible.  I also feel less cravings for the sweet stuff and the salty stuff.  I also have been eating more consistently (especially breakfast) and at more regular intervals.  As a result, I am down a pound or two.

I will keep up this "experiment" for another two to three months and see if the organic lifestyle is really the way to go.  So far, it is a resounding YES!

1 comment:

  1. Ali, I'm so glad you're putting the MYM plan to the test with great success!

    I still haven't found an organic anti-perspirant/deodorant that works for me either. Jillian used to do a Sunday radio show on KFI in Los Angeles and during one episode, she said she'd finally opted for Botox instead of the all natural formulas. I'm definitely not doing that! Back to my Secret.

    Have you tried Stonyfield Farm Oikos Plain Organic yogurt yet? It's the closest I've found to Fage. If you like cottage cheese, Whole Foods carries Nancy's Organic (white tub with yellow, green and orange artwork). It's got the same acidophilus (sp?)found in yogurt.

    Have a great weekend! xoxox :0)