Ordinarily, a school reunion would be something that you’d consider is made easier by the addition of a reasonable amount of alcohol. Before, during AND after. You know – to shore up your confidence…make small talk easier….and to brave the memories of childhood name calling and old crushes. But of course I chose this year to be alcohol free – so that wasn’t going to be a prop I could use! At the grand old age of (very nearly) 52, I am lucky enough to be comfortable with who I am…..and am more than capable of making an arse of myself without the benefit of alcohol!
I’m still astonished at the difference that one simple change has made – and not just to my weight. My skin is much much clearer, my temperature regulation has improved, arthritis symptoms in both my back & knees have reduced and my alertness after hours at my desk has increased.
I have to confess I’d never really looked at food labelling. Occasionally checking ingredients list to check for nuts (for a regular allergic visitor) or calories (if I was on one of my periodic diets)….but never as a matter of course. Problem number 1 is recognising sugar/sweetener in all it’s guises.
Add a jar of black olives, sundried tomatoes & capers to your shopping list – and you have all you need in your cupboards to create the basis of a really tasty, satisfying snack. Even better, the rest of the family quite like it – and everyone who has tasted it has really enjoyed it. A winner!
Now don’t get me wrong – I wasn’t drinking THAT much – I have always had rules about not drinking on a “school” night – and often didn’t drink in the house, but a night out would definitely have me over the new safe driving limit the next morning.
What is understood by endocrinologists is that there is no single hormonal factor in obesity – many of the hormones listed above are inter-linked and influenced not just by what we eat, but also our age, how we are sleeping and our stress levels.
There is loads of science backing up that exercise is good for you – so why aren’t we all doing it? There will be different answers for us all – and I needed to find a way of keeping myself active.