I've written before about my struggle with getting healthier, and the long road back to health that I now face. It's been a real battle as I'm very addicted to sugar, and was raised by sugar addicts in a society that's one of the top consumers of sugars in the world. I've also been very resistant to intermittent fasting because I was hypoglycemic and to a keto diet because I had my gallbladder removed many years ago.
However, that energy finally shifted for me and my husband starting around the Winter Solstice a couple of weeks ago and we began to do IF, intermittent fasting. I started out with a 16/8, meaning that I fasted for 16 hours and ate for 8 hours, so I didn't break my fast before 9 am and ate nothing after 5 pm until the next morning. During that 8 hour window, I could eat what I wanted when I wanted it, though I was eliminating sugars and eating healthy foods most of the time and it helped to be able to say it's after 5 pm so I can't feed that craving.
Gradually it started to shift for me and I started eating breakfast at 10 am, still eating nothing after 5 pm, so I moved naturally into a 17/7 schedule and I'm moving into a 16/6 naturally now as well. I find I don't start getting hungry until around 10 am or later now, and I'm not hungry after dinner either, even if that stops at 3 or 3:30 pm.
We're also getting very solid on going Keto now, eliminating all sugars and starches, and incorporating more leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables into our diet. After just a couple of weeks, we're both noticing a difference in our health and energy. I'm getting bouncy again, moving and dancing, singing, etc., and my face looks younger and more radiant already. Steve actually said that he noticed today that I look more my younger and more beautiful self. I feel it too, I feel the years starting to roll back already like prices at Walmart used to do, entirely possible as the telomeres on my cells may already be starting to lengthen again since we develop new cells every 7 days.
I know last time I had really great results in a very short period of time, so I know that I can do it again and with this new approach I can do it even better. Having my husband on board so we're working as a team means it's going to be easier and stick better. It always helps to use the buddy system and have a support system, and especially if you can get your spouse on board with you.
The first time I lost 70 lbs and was doing great on Paleo as I turned 50, but I fell off of the wagon because I opened the door to my sugar addiction again. This time I know to keep that door closed because sugar is only a poison, it's not my friend. At 56 I'm wiser for this experience of the struggle to get it under control again and I intend to prove that having gone through menopause doesn't mean that you can't lose weight, get healthier and turn back the clock to look and feel younger and more vibrant.