How incredible that I am a few days from six months of eating GMO free. I have not knowingly eaten ANY GM food in six months. And, I am so much better for it.
GMO free for 4 months and 3 weeks
The first few weeks of June were so difficult and I was admittedly hungry as my body, mind and spirit coped with what felt like to take away my comfortable lifestyle. A friend (Leslie in LA) said once a very long time ago when faced with an ice cream dilemma, “I am a slave to my addictions.” Aren’t we all, Leslie, aren’t we all? My lifestyle consisted of daily, sometimes more than once a day, visits to the healthy food store and often started with the “breakfast special” for $1.49 (it may have gone up in the last six months). My favorite was the coffee and any muffin or Danish that I could get my mouth around. Because I was in school full-time, I often went to school and returned to study for much of the day. So, add the hot bar to the daily lineup…a big bunch of salad supplemented with a bit of humanly treated animal meat, potatoes and more vegetables. If not that, I would cook lots of veggies and make soup or stew at home and eat it for a couple of days. Now, that doesn’t sound too bad, but I didn’t mention the “stops.” Filling the tank called for a chocolate bar, late dinners were take out at a close Mexican restaurant and then a drive through for a burger a few times a month. Oh, and Starbucks; don’t forget the frequent stops at Starbucks. Grande soy upside down caramel macchiato, no foam. Maybe a ginger ale once a month and a few imported beers. Does any of this sound familiar? What, the American diet but a level up in price. No McDonald’s, BK or Pizza Hut. I knew better from previous stomach aches and that “taste” in my mouth that eating the cheapest food was not a good idea.
I would like to think I decided to do this diet because I thought what I think now- we are, as a nation, suffering from our food. Processed food is devoid of most of the original nutrients and GM food, chemicals, dyes and residual pesticides, herbicides and soil additives are adding layers of toxins to what we eat. Ever notice the size of earlobes on older folks? When I studied Macrobiotics I learned that the big earlobe, especially if the bottom lobe is large and detached from the side of the head, is a sign of a robust immune system. Look around. Earlobes are getting smaller, bellies are getting bigger, immune system abnormalities are increasing. This is not a coincidence.
me and my big belly pre GMOGONE
You can see from my picture that my gut was highly distended. Within two weeks of not eating any GMOs, it was obvious that GM food had contributed to my ill-health. But, the question is, did it cause that Valentine’s Day heart attack? The one that forced me to ask what I could do to change my life or lose my life? The answer is seemly more and more like yes. Because the heart attack was electrical, there was no operation. Zero percent blockage and zero percent calcium buildup in my heart. So, what happened? The cardiologist shrugged her shoulders and suggested I go to the pulmonologist. Instead, I headed to the kitchen. Cheaper and better in the long run. As of day 175, I have lost 21 pounds, am down one size and getting close to two sizes down, I have lost 14+ inches in my upper arms, bust, waist, hips and thighs and I feel so much better. There is damage to my heart from the 20 minute heart attack (OUCH) but I am working on my endocrine system to strengthen the relays to the heart. In other words, I am eating my way to health.
I am not a purist on this diet because that would be dishonest and not indicative of what I really eat. I still eat chocolate, potato chips, breakfast bars, drink a bit of wine and beer BUT there are no GMOs in any of it. I can food and dry food, still eat omelets, have coffee only once a week and make my own Mexican food. Restaurants are rare, they have to offer organic and non-GMO food. You might guess I am saving money on food. I am.
I want to make it absolutely clear that this change scares me. By not eating GMOs, my life is changing. That is just WRONG. The change is far too dramatic to be a coincidence. My body is a science experiment that I want to share with everyone. I will not eat GM food because I have to know that this is what is happening.
Exercise was a slow process after the heart attack. My chest hurt frequently. Now I walk 30-40 miles a week in a temporary job. That is my exercise.
Before 2013 is over, I will get blood work done to check the cholesterol levels and some of the vitamin levels. That will be interesting.
Many people tell me they read this blog (1100+ subscribers and counting) and wish they could give up GMOs. I am determined to make this easier for others with a good transition plan, a bit at a time, and tips for all levels of food consciousness. It was a rough start for me because reality is just so real, but I knew that being accountable to the blog would keep me going. Not everyone needs that level of accountability!
Keep watching for more on the Endocrine System; it is what keeps our bodies functioning. And, it would appear that the system that controls everything from body temperature to organ function to sleep and works with the immune system is highly compromised by GMOs. “Experts agree that the recent increase in gluten-related disorders cannot be explained by genetics alone and that there must be some environmental trigger.” Click on this link for the latest on that topic.
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