On November 1st I started a new career and a new diet. Health conscious people might call it a new lifestyle, but I don’t consider myself a health conscious person yet. I’ve spent the last 3 1/2 years completing my Masters degree in Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. During that time my life consisted of going to class, studying, interning and working multiple part-time jobs. The energy needed for so much focus left little else for self-care.
Despite studying a holistic field and knowing full well the importance of self-care, my exhaustion let it fall by the way side. In 3 1/2 years I gained 30 pounds. I was fully aware that I was gaining weight, but could not make it stop. There was simply not enough energy left in my reserves after my schoolwork was completed. This was my personal excuse, and anyone who struggles with weight issues knows what I mean by that. I may get further into the emotional component in a later post, but this blog is not going to get that deep. What a relief! This is about what I’m eating and what I’m not eating. (more…)