Hi Iâ€™m Cynthia! I blog over at It All Changes. Â While Theodora is enjoying the surf and sand in Hawaii I am inhabiting her bit of the blog world for the day.
Remember when Caitlin was on TODAY? Â After screaming our heads off – I had a flashing sign – we ventured out for brunch. Â I studied the menu for something I could eat when Theodora struck up a conversation. Â She and I have both lost a good bit of weight but our bodies are still causing a bit of trouble. Â Didnâ€™t they get the memo about the HEALTHY living thing?
I was diagnosed with IBS after losing 80 pounds, but suffered the not-so-pleasant symptoms for many long years before. Â I blamed it on my steady diet of Girl Scout cookies and Velveeta Shells and cheese, so I chugged Pepto Bismol and kept eating the junk. Â Not too bright, huh? Â Now, diagnosed, Iâ€™m learning being healthyÂ doesn’tÂ mean not having health issues. Â So frustrating to work my butt off, literally, and now I have to deal with more problems. Â Talk about unfair. Â
No matter how unfair it feels, I realized getting my body healthy didnâ€™t mean physically looking healthy. Â Wearing smaller pants and breaking my 5K PR post major back surgery didnâ€™t mean I could do or eat what I wanted. Â Healthy living still took workâ€¦sometimes a lot of work. Â My diagnosis comes with restrictions but opens my mind to an entire world of food I never knew existed. Iâ€™ve eaten weird foods before – chocolate covered crickets anyone? â€“ but nothing like Iâ€™ve seen since I began blogging.
The blog world blows my mind with the new tricks and treats Iâ€™ve learned. Â Agave syrup and chia seeds sounded like aliens, and I only bought sushi and cheap cereal at Trader Joeâ€™s. ::gasp:: Now regular experiments in my kitchen include butternut squash muffins with agave and making my own jam with beet sugar. Â My laundry list of â€œNOâ€ foods is different from Theodoraâ€™s or anyone elseâ€™s. Â
Choosing fun new foods makes my day instead of staring longingly at my beloved sushi (no fish for me) or the cupcakes at Crumbs while visiting NYC (no sugar either). Â Ever try kolrahbi, purple eggplants, flax or aged goat cheese? Â The list goes on and on of things you can try. Â Who knows you may find your favorite new food? Â My new favorite is beans—you know, the musical fruit?
Life is a roller coaster full of ups and downs. Â Instead of screaming to get off because the drop into healthy living looks scary, strap your harness tighter and hold on. Â New food and new activities are the best part. Â Who eats boring food anyway? Â Write down recipes you like to make them your own, instead of mourning the few ingredients you canâ€™t eat. Â Check out my Recipes page to see some of my adaptations and dream of your own.
Health issues donâ€™t make you unhealthy or deprived. Â Live the life you have!