Posted by: Anu Prestonia | June 23, 2009

Half Way There

A number of months ago I wrote a blog post commiserating about my seemingly overnight weight gain. I was determined to combat this weight gain as it crept steadily up from one week to the next. At one point it got to be a bit hilarious, as I would step on the scale only to see that yes, I had indeed gained another pound. Is Candid Camera in the house? I had never been over 145 and now I was nearing 160 with no slow down in sight. What the heck???

My friend Mireille suggested that I visit her doctor, Homeopath Dr. Salzarulo. Well that began a journey and an exploration that I hadn’t expected. What doctor Salzarulo’s plan for me made me realize, was that I had moved so far away from my original “clean” diet that it was no wonder that things were changing for the worse. I asked him, “Is it normal to gain weight in mid-life, during peri-menopause stage in life”? His answer was that if gaining weight during this stage in life were universal, then he could say yes. But in many places in the world this mid-life weight gain does not occur. He informed me that it was a matter of the body being very much out of balance, full of toxins and adjusting in the way that it could.

So here is some of what I had to eliminate from my diet, wheat (which many people are allergic to due to over consumption and like corn it’s in most processed food), sugar, including all alcohol, fruit juices, dried fruit, cheese, shell-fish and anything with cow’s milk. Thank goodness I can still have goat’s milk (its composition is closer to human milk) because I love yogurt as a quickie breakfast fix. Most processed (white, bleached food) bread, gluten, and corn and potatoes (that included my favorite, potato chips) and soy, believe it or not. I hadn’t realized how much cheese I had started consuming or sugar for that matter, a glass of wine here a glass of wine there… It all adds up!

What is allowed on this anti-inflammatory diet are most fruits, vegetables (except nightshades) whole grains (except the ones that are glutenous), fish and free range or organic meats.

I recently checked in with Dr. Salzarulo and since March, I have made many adjustments to my diet. I’ll tell you straight, it hasn’t been easy to refrain from all of the above each and everyday but I gave it the ole Girl Scout try. I have lost eleven pounds and I have about that much more to go to reach my target. My cloths are fitting me much better now and I feel better. I was shocked at how the pain of my monthly cycles decreased considerably.

Now he wants me to take it to the next level, which means cleansing in a myriad number of ways. First thing is green juice every day, half my weight in ounces of water consumed daily, body brushing before bathing, three baths a week to sweat and release toxins, of course exercise and if I could fit it in, jumping on a trampoline twenty minutes a day to help cleanse the lymph system. Whew! And that’s not all of it.

What is amazing to me is how we, resist what’s best for us on subtle levels. Like one of his requirements is that you write down everything you eat each day. I hated that! After two weeks of that, it became old, real fast. Enough already. But his theory is that it makes you present to what you’re consuming.

All this to say, I am headed in the direction I wanted to go in, but like with anything worth having it hasn’t been a breeze. But it has given me insight into things like discipline, perseverance, commitment, and rewards that can follow. I must admit, I am grateful for this experience as it has allowed me to see the course that I was on was not just something that was happening to me. Is that ever the case? I think not. Our choices determine our lives. I’m choosing to be at a weight that helps me feel in touch with my center. Let me know how you’re feeling.

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Responses

  1. Sounds good Anu. I started working out with a group of brothers in our 'hood. They start daily at 7 a.m.

  2. Anu, I always thought that you were at your perfect weight, because you always look so good. Glad to know that you're taking charge of your health. I'm on the same path and have also lost about 10 lbs. I do write down everything i consume on a daily basis. My numbers have improved and I feel much better. I walk about 3 miles a day. It's hard but whorth it.

  3. Hey Veronica, That's fabulous especially given the set back you had with your broken toes. Congratulations! Are you still swimming?

  4. Hi,Anu. I am always impressed with people who can be so disciplined about giving up so many different kinds of foods. Perhaps I need some serious counsel. The thing that I have the most trouble avoiding is sugar. What is that about? It's been my nemisis since childhood. I'll keep following your journey as I struggle through mine. I've got much more than twenty pounds to release. Just the thought of that is scary. But I'm exercising daily and changing my daily diet. I love water aerobics, but apparently I'm allergic to the chlorine. My skin is full of bumps and itches like crazy, but I won't give up. I'm also doing yoga and biking. My goal is to lose 20 pounds by September. We'll see how it goes.

  5. I understand exactly what you mean about the sudden weight gain. I woke up one morning and could not fit into my favorite pants-what was that about!? The weight monster had obviously crept into my bed and laid those pounds on me. Or was it the cheese added to my salad, the sugary iced tea, the wheat bread, soy milk and the fried fish. I suspect, all of the above and more. I had to do something. I started a cleansing: I went for a series of colonics and fasted on fruit and raw vegetables for eight days. This gave me the discipline to change my diet and choose better. I walk and exercise and I am well on my way back to feeling and looking better.

  6. Dear Anonymous,Sugar is definitely as addictive as any drug. And once you're on a roll with it, it's difficult to stop. There is a support group for those trying to kick the sugar habit and I will post it once I get the address.Aside from the sugar it seems you've included a number of great practices in your life that should help you reach your goals.When you fall off the horse, just brush yourself off and get back on.

  7. Dear Yvonne,What happened to you is exactly what happened to me. One day, I woke up and all many of my favorite skirts and pants could no longer fit. I had never had that experience before and I wasn't digging it at all.Breaking the cycle by doing a cleanse takes great discipline, but I have found it is a very effective way to get begin a new experience for the body, mind and spirit.Keep up the great work and Thank you for sharing.


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