I was born with a bad case of urinary reflux— a condition that caused numerous UTI’s and pain. My immune system was little to none and I caught too many illnesses to count, some that put me in the hospital and two that nearly took my life.
It wasn’t until I was 12 years old and very sick that I was diagnosed with urinary reflux. Prior to that I was put through multiple tests every 6 months, some of which was very embarrassing. I’m not sure why but my pediatricians didn’t know what was going on so they sent me to a urologist who, after looking over my medical records he knew right away what was wrong. I was in surgery the next day.
Thankfully the surgery corrected the reflux but from that day forward I’ve taken a low dose antibiotic every day and will for the rest of my life. The reason, I have no immunity in my bladder and the antibiotics prevent UTI’s. Without antibiotics I would be in severe pain every day.
During my childhood I was a very tiny little girl. The reason was due to the reflux. It was poisoning my body with toxins from urine and prevented me from gaining weight. My mom had a hard time finding pants that fit me because my waist was so small and I didn’t have much of a derriere. My sisters actually thought that was funny and teased me saying they were going to mail order a butt. Ha, ha, very funny. NOT!
Well, after I hit my teens I began to put on a little weight. Not too much but enough to fill out, even my derriere. And then I got married and had 3 kids. With my first I gained just 20 pounds but with the last two I gained 40 pounds each. It took a little while to get the weight off but I managed and went back to a curvy shapely hourglass body. My weight fluctuated a little up and down for years but I never exceeded 115.
Sure that sounds great and everything but once I hit the age of 32 I slowly put on a little more. My metabolism seemed to die. And then I would flip out after getting on the scale and go into super weight loss mode, trying different diets, drinking a ton of water and really being in the mind set to get the weight off. Over time I would get lazy and quit exercising and give up my healthy diet and the weight slowly came back. Yes, I’m a yo-yo dieter. That’s SO bad for you!
I even went as far as trying one of the popular meal plans you see advertised on tv but I suffer from IBS and the food did a number on my digestive tract. I was in severe pain so I had to quit. Yes, I lost a little weight but the food really didn’t taste very good and the agony I was in just wasn’t worth it. So, I was back to square one.
My busy work and life schedule keeps me mentally focused on other things so I have a hard time staying committed to a specific diet. It’s tough, especially the older I get but I’m not ready to throw the towel in just yet. Luckily I don’t look my age but inside I sure feel like it.
I’m sure you already know there are many foods that can keep us healthy but did you know many can make you look younger too? It kind of makes sense, don’t you think? I’ve learned quite a bit about using foods for good health and having a younger appearance thanks to a 2-book set I received recently. The main book is called 7 Years Younger ~ The Anti-Aging Breakthrough Diet Book (hard cover) and the other is a work book.
~ Take a look at a few of the highlights you’ll find ~
Inside this chapter you learn about eating more fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and lean proteins — pretty common sense stuff but you learn why and how it’s helpful to our weight-loss plights, our overall health, and our youth.
We’ve all been hearing more and more about how bad sugar is for our bodies but have you taken a look at the food labels in your cabinets or on the store shelves? Sugar is in SO many things, even alcohol and refined grains and this sweet but evil ingredient is one that promotes weight gain and sadly aging. Oh no!
If you’re like me (the yo-yo dieter), and have tried the fad diets, you know they don’t work. You might see some results but because they’re like putting a bandaid on a gash, they’re a temporary fix. They don’t really teach you the proper way to eat in order to lose weight and keep it off. The 7 Years Younger plan does!
In this book there’s an Ask the Expert section where, if you do get off track, they advise you to get right back on track the following day. We all know it takes will power to succeed in weight loss and sometimes life gets in the way, things happen and we take a step back. That’s normal. But if we let it get us down we’ll give up.
The best thing you can do is take things slowly, learn what foods are great, in proper portions and when to eat. Having a piece of chocolate can be satisfying and take the edge off if your sweet tooth goes into overdrive. Not depriving yourself is key. Otherwise, you’ll over binge and fall too far back.
I love this book because it helps keep me on track. I document what I eat so I can go back and look at it later. When I see success on the scale and in my clothes, I can use the workbook as my tool to more success— if what I’m eating is helping me lose weight, then I keep on eating it, if what I’m eating is causing weight gain, well, that’s what I want to avoid the following week.
The workbook is soft cover— making it easier to manage. Plus, it’s small enough that I can slip it into my handbag and take it with me. It offers great tips including Eat This Instead of This charts, shopping lists, sample meal plans, even quizzes. Think of it as your weight loss companion. hehee!
Tip for the day — Lower your risk of stroke by looking on the white side. Add more pale edibles to your diet. Ex: apples, pears, cucumbers & bananas, etc.
The great thing about these books is that not only do you melt away unwanted pounds, but they can help take a few years off as well. Being overweight and unhealthy really takes a toll on your body and the way you feel about yourself. If you can reverse that by eating healthier, more nourishing foods, why would you want to starve yourself by doing the fad diets that are well known to fail?
Check out this tasty recipe:
Grilled Mozzarella & Tomato Soup
Drizzle 1 1/2 ounce part-skim Mozzarella Cheese and 3 thin Tomato slices with balsamic vinegar, and place between two slices of whole wheat bread. Spritz with olive oil cooking spray and grill in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until toasted. Rub the grilled sandwich with half of a clove of garlic. Serve with 1 cup Campbell’s 100% Natural Harvest Tomato with Basil Soup. Enjoy!
For dessert have 2 dried figs. This equals 398 calories, 18 grams protein, 9 grams of fat, and 8 grams of fiber. Yummy!
The signs of aging doesn’t come at the same time for everyone. It’s all in how you take care of yourself, and what you feed yourself. So, instead of watching your birthdays on the calendar and dreading middle age and beyond, focus on what you’re putting into your body. Then you can watch as you transform into a butterfly that’s getting old in years but staying healthy, fit and beautiful too.
I’m not through with my workbook and all that there is to learn from 7 Years Younger but I can’t wait to see the results.
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