Are your Hot Flashes a Warning Sign?

Your hot flashes might be your body’s siren going off, so don’t ignore their loud, repetitive message.

All images in today’s post are from Clipart Library.

Should you panic if you’re having hot flashes?

Definitely not.

Many women experience hot flashes around the time of menopause, and that’s normal for the most part. However, if your hot flashes are really uncomfortable, and they interfere with your daily life, including sleeping, then you should pay closer attention to what might be causing them.

Your hot flashes might be your body’s siren going off, so don’t ignore their loud, repetitive message.

Your body gives you signals when it’s out of balance in some way. Like I said, it’s normal to experience some hot flashes, but we need to take a closer look if those hot flashes seem over the top. Most of us look to the outside world for answers about our body’s health, but often, we have the answers if we just get to know our bodies better.

Here are a few reasons you should look at your own body for evidence when it comes to finding answers about your hot flashes.

  • There’s varied and conflicting research out there about what causes hot flashes.
  • Why do some women have awful hot flashes that last for 10 years or more, while others have none or just a few hot flashes for a short time? There may be some genetic tendencies, but I’ve seen in my own family, this is not the case.
  • Menopausal changes can vary in women based on their culture’s diet.
  • Although women have similar experiences during menopause, individual responses can vary.
  • Certain foods and beverages may or may not increase or decrease the frequency, intensity and duration of hot flashes.

If you want to take a deep dive into the research about what causes hot flashes and how you might reduce them, go for it, but there is no better evidence than your own body. I’m not a doctor or an expert on menopause, but I am an expert on my own body. 

Here’s my hot and sweaty story, and how I discovered the real root of my hot flashes.

A few months after turning 50, I entered the early stages of menopause. My periods stopped, and the hot flashes began. It was kind of a love-hate relationship. It was awesome to no longer have to deal with my monthly flow, but the hot flashes were awful. I would’ve chosen to have my periods forever to get rid of the hot flashes. 

Whether I was in the middle of teaching a class or whether it was in the middle of the night, there they were. Persistent. Never-ending. The internal inferno would come out of nowhere, build slowly and then consume me. I would brighten up like a beet and sweat profusely, while throwing off my sweater as quickly as possible. I had fans everywhere.

hot flashes menopause

After a year or two with hot flashes, I was desperate, so I went on hormone therapy. I really didn’t want to take hormones because I knew there was a risk of getting cancer, but my doctor convinced me that there weren’t any dangers to it, since I was under 60. 

I decided to give the hormones a try. 

What happened? The hot flashes went away, and my periods returned. After several months, my original and instinctive feelings kicked back in, and I stopped the hormone therapy. I just didn’t want to take the risk.

So, the hot flashes returned, and I said goodbye to my periods once again.

Many women follow the menopausal patterns of their mothers. Not me. My mom told me she had some hot flashes for only a couple of weeks.

Weeks!!!

It’s been six years since I had my first hot flash, and I’m still getting them.

Over these years, I’ve paid attention to the pattern of my hot flashes, and I’ve made a huge discovery about what makes them frequent, intense and long-lasting. The culprit is the food and alcohol I put in my mouth.

Oh no, you might be thinking! Give up my wine?!! More and more women are using food and alcohol to cope with menopause (on top of their already stressful life). I get it. I used to do that too.

Whether it’s pizza, burgers, junk food, cupcakes or ice cream (or all of them) that light up your brain’s pleasure center, we’re eating too much of the food that’s not healthy for our bodies to function optimally. Whether it’s wine, cocktails, the hard stuff or beer, we’re drinking too much alcohol as well.

Here’s what I’ve discovered, based on a consistent pattern.

If I eat foods on a regular basis that are high in fat (meat, dairy, eggs, processed foods like potato chips), and when I drink alcohol (usually red wine) on a regular basis, that’s when the hot flashes interfere with my life. 

When I commit to eating healthy and do so for several weeks or months, I drop the fatty foods and booze and eat whole plant foods that are naturally low in fat (and high in fiber). I eat vegetables (lots of raw veggies), fruit, potatoes, grains, raw seeds/nuts, and beans, and then my hot flashes decrease in…

  • Frequency: they happen much less often
  • Intensity: they are more warm than hot
  • Duration: they last only a minute or two instead of several minutes

When I veer off track and succumb to the lure of the fatty-food world and red wine again (for several days or weeks), then I’m back to being a hot sweaty mess. 

My body has shown me the way. I don’t make perfect choices every day, but I know from my six years of living with hot flashes that what I eat and drink directly impacts them.

This means that it’s up to me.

As I draft this post, it is 5:30 am, and I’ve been up for over an hour. Three times, in the middle of the night, I had to get up, grab a towel and put it on top of my sheets and pillow, which were wet with sweat. That’s three towels. Each one got too wet to sleep on comfortably. After the third towel, as I was lying in bed, I just couldn’t sleep, so I got up to write about what was happening.

hot flashes while sleeping
maenopause

I was thinking about the last five days of eating and drinking. It was Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. My diet is far from perfect, but overall, I’ve been eating very well. It has been many months since I’ve had to put a towel on top of my sheets.

This weekend, I made the choice to eat foods I normally would not eat: turkey, mashed potatoes with butter, cheese, eggs and pumpkin pie. I had some potato chips, but that was it for processed food. I knew I was just treating myself for the weekend and thought a few days of eating off track would be fine.

But, the fatty food frenzy turned into five days, and my body said enough. My body showed me it wasn’t happy by giving me a horrible sleep with frequent and intense hot flashes.

So, here’s my thinking…

If I don’t have many hot flashes when I eat one way, and then I have lots of them when I eat another way, it just makes sense that something is off with what I’m eating when I’m having lots of hot flashes. The only thing that was different was the food I ate and the increase in my alcohol consumption.

Logic tells me my body is sending me a signal to stick to the healthier, low-fat way of eating, focused on whole plant foods. 

The hot flashes might be about something more dangerous too. They could be a warning sign because I don’t know what other hidden effects there might be to eating a diet that includes plenty of high fat foods like meat, dairy, eggs and processed foods. (There is considerable evidence that such a diet contributes to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases, but I won’t go into that here).

I had already been shocked by a breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 54, so I’m fully aware of how health issues can not only surprise you, but sneak up on you. After my diagnosis, I discovered that there are three significant factors for a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer are:

  1. Being overweight
  2. Drinking alcohol (The World Health Organization says there is no safe level.)
  3. Being sedentary

I was all three. Since my diagnosis, I have lost 30 lbs and walk outside for 30 minutes or more almost every day

Note: I am NOT saying that if you have hot flashes, you will get cancer.

I AM saying that when your body produces symptoms that are uncomfortable or painful, you need to pay attention. Listen to your body. Investigate and do your own research. Don’t assume, and don’t count on your doctor or health care system to always know what’s best for you.

One other thing that helps keep my hot flashes at bay is keeping my stress levels low. I’ve noticed that often, a hot flash comes after a stressful thought. If you have a lot of daily stress, examine your thoughts and try to catch yourself when you have a negative thought or thinking that gives you significant stress. Sometimes, I can greatly reduce the intensity and duration of my hot flash when I catch myself in a negative or stressful thought.

Although we are all unique, I’m sure my body is not so unique that the things that have helped me reduce hot flashes wouldn’t help other women too. I hope my experience gives you some insight into your own journey with menopause.

Here are some general tips I would give to anyone experiencing hot flashes regularly, and especially if they are frequent, intense and last several minutes or more:

  1. Eat few processed foods.
  2. Limit your alcohol intake to a few drinks on the weekend.
  3. Go alcohol-free for 30 days. See the difference.
  4. Focus on getting as many vegetables in your body as you can each day.
  5. Experiment with different ways of eating (over a period of  a week or more) to see if you notice any reduction in your hot flashes.
  6. Consider trying a whole food, plant-based diet that has very little oil, sugar or salt.
  7. Reduce your stress by finding healthy techniques or activities.
  8. Keep a health/wellness journal for a month or so to track what you eat and drink and to record your hot flash activity. 

Many women will not make any dietary changes because they don’t want to give up alcohol or certain foods. I get it. We’re hooked on certain foods, and they’re hard to give up.

hot flashes menopause

But, if you’re using food or alcohol to cope with menopause, consider trying the tips given above. You will likely be able to reduce your hot flashes to a point where you no longer need to cope.

I don’t have it all figured out; I still get hot flashes. Even though I haven’t been able to change my lifestyle permanently, yet, I have valuable information that can help me reduce my hot flashes.

It’s my hope that you’ll experiment with your diet and alcohol consumption and make your own discoveries.

Be HEALTHY (Healthy Eating And Living Transforms and Heals You),

Alison Carrey

September Update on my 1200 km Walking Goal for 2021

I was able to share my preferred route in Assiniboine Forest on a group walk with members of the Plant-based Living Winnipeg community (find the group on Facebook). The group was founded, and is run by, the passionate and knowledgeable Michelle Tree.

I really upped my walking game this month. 🙂

Scroll to the bottom to see my total km for September and for 2021, to date.

The first month of autumn provided such lovely warm weather, so it was extra easy to tie up my laces and head out for a walk, especially a walk in nature.

About halfway through the month, I focused on trying to get in more longer walks (5 km +), which really helped me log those km.

Another draw for getting outside was the gorgeous fall leaf colors. One of my favorite walks is at Beaudry Provincial Park, which I wrote about in the post about my August walking update, and it provided a brilliant display of yellows and reds.

walking in Beaudry Provincial Park

This month, I was able to share my preferred route in Assiniboine Forest on a group walk with members of the Plant-based Living Winnipeg community (find the group on Facebook). The group was founded, and is run by, the passionate and knowledgeable Michelle Tree.

We walked almost 6 km that day, which was filled with sunshine and good conversation.

group walk plant-based living winnipeg
plant-based living winnipeg michelle tree
Alison Carrey (left) Michelle Tree (right)

September was filled with more variety in my walks. I walked in Assiniboine Forest with my husband and son-in-law’s dog, and we spent time with our granddaughter walking at Assiniboine Park.

Walking in Assiniboine Park

A few times, I just hopped on the treadmill to get in some walking. It’s important that I keep walking as a habit, so having a way to walk indoors when I need it is awesome! Last year, we put the treadmill in the living room. I use it much more in the colder months since it’s in our main living area and not out of site in the basement.

While on the treadmill one day, I watched an interesting video with Dr. Michael Klaper where he was interviewed on The Ellen Fisher Podcast (Michelle Tree recommended the video inside the Plant-based Living Winnipeg Facebook group). He’s passionate about living a plant-based lifestyle for health and dedicates most of his time teaching medical students about how eating healthy plant foods can improve and reverse chronic diseases.

At the very end of September, I even walked along Grand Beach and on the nearby trail.

Walking at Grand Beach
Walking on a Grand Beach trail

Here’s a recap of my year walking:

163.07 km September (my best month so far!)

116.76 km August (always happy when it’s over 100)

104.69 km July (not too shabby)

99.1 km June

154.43 km  May (I killed it this month!)

48.87 km  April

 33.85 km  March (10-day water fast from March 20-29, so much less walking)

50.36 km  February

122.13 km  January (high number due to initial dedication and interest)

2021 distance total is 893.26 km. 

What a great month September was for walking! Loved it!

Be HEALTHY (Healthy Eating And Living Transforms and Heals You),

Alison Carrey

August Update on my 2021 Walking Goal of 1200 km

By the time we finished, we were completely drenched, right down to our underwear! I’d never seen my runners so wet and muddy.

Time is flying by, and so is summer. 🙂

I did over 100 km of walking in August, so I’m happy with that. Scroll down to see a recap of the year as well as my walking distance up to the end of August.

This month’s walks were varied and interesting.

Several times in August, I walked in Beaudry Provincial Park, which is about a 30 minute drive from my house,

It’s approximately 953.4-hectares in size and located along the Assiniboine River, west of the town of Headingley, Manitoba. It was designated a provincial park in 1974.

walk in Beaudry Provincial Park in Manitoba

When I walk in Beaudry Park, I usually go with my sister, Ursula. On one of our walks on August 9, we got caught in a storm part way through.

walk with my sister in Beaudry Provincial Park

The walk started off ok on a cloudy morning. When we got about a third of the way, it started to rain. No big deal, right?

Well, the rain got pretty heavy, and combined with the thunder, we were stuck in the forest in a storm. We persevered though.

The trail was easy to walk on at first, but then it turned into a mudfest.

By the time we finished, we were completely drenched, right down to our underwear! I’d never seen my runners so wet and muddy.

muddy runners after walk in thunderstorm in Beaudry Provincial Park on Aug. 9, 2021

As usual, I went on many neighborhood walks. It’s just so quick to step outside my door and go.

walk in my neighborhood

I also went to a nearby forest in the city a few times. Fortunately, I was gifted with a close-up deer siting one day.

saw a deer on my walk in Assiniboine Forest

My husband and I went to Gimli one Sunday afternoon, so I got in my walk along the beach.

My 2021 walking distance to the end of August is: 730.19 km. That means I have 4 months and 469.81 km to go.

I can do this!

Here’s a recap of the year:

116.76 km August (always happy when it’s over 100)

104.69 km July (not too shabby)

99.1 km June

154.43 km  May (I killed it this month!)

48.87 km  April

 33.85 km  March (10-day water fast from March 20-29, so much less walking)

50.36 km  February

122.13 km  January (high number due to initial dedication and interest)

2021 distance total is 730.19 km. 

If you haven’t yet started a walking routine, I highly encourage it. Not only do you have an easy and simple way to move your body everyday (I’m usually 6-7 days a week), you gain a feeling of accomplishment when you follow through and do it.

Be HEALTHY (Healthy Eating And Living Transforms and Heals You),

Alison Carrey

Week 6 of Hyper-nourishing with Dr. Brooke Goldner’s Healing Protocol

Each day, my body is healing and working to find its way to optimal health and an ideal weight.

I’ve been following a strict healing protocol for the last six weeks. My last update was on Day 4, so I’ve got a lot of updating to do.

It doesn’t feel difficult to stick to this protocol when you compare it to doing a water-only fast, which I’ve done before.

However, it still takes commitment and a deep belief in what this hyper-nourishing protocol is accomplishing, in order to be able to trust the process. Each day, I am eating only raw vegetables and fruit, with a focus on the vegetables.

Each day, my body is healing and working to find its way to optimal health and an ideal weight.

Check out the video to find out how I’ve lost weight and progressed.

If you’ve never heard of Dr. Brooke Golder, check her out.

Be HEALTHY (Healthy Eating And Living Transforms and Heals You),

Alison Carrey

July Update on my 1200 km Walking Goal: just past the halfway point :)

If you’re not moving your body in other ways, like swimming, cycling etc. then walking is a great go-to, which you can rely on every day. Put on some runners and step outside your door. It’s that simple.

There were so many beautiful days In July; I got outside for 26 walks, walking a total of 104.69 km.  I’m pretty happy with that.

On those really hot days, I made sure to get out earlier in the morning for a walk. Instead of complaining it was too hot outside, I just adapted to the conditions. When we move into autumn, I’ll need to be mentally ready for cooler weather, and not use it as an excuse to skip my walks.

Moving our bodies every day is so important, especially in our modern, more sedentary society. It’s really easy to make excuses, though.

At this time, I’m not doing any other exercise, except for a few resistance exercises that I do a few times a week (not consistently). So, walking is my jam.

walking goal

If you’re not moving your body in other ways, like swimming, cycling etc. then walking is a great go-to, which you can rely on every day. Put on some runners and step outside your door. It’s that simple. If you haven’t read all the reasons walking is so awesome, check it out.

Most of my walks were in my neighborhood this month, but I did get to some nice wooded areas in parks. Loved those!

walking in the
animal life on a walk

Here’s a summary of my 1200 km goal for 2021 so far:

104.69 km July (not too shabby)

99.1 km June

154.43 km  May (I killed it this month!)

48.87 km  April

 33.85 km  March (10-day water fast from March 20-29, so much less walking)

50.36 km  February

122.13 km  January (high number due to initial dedication and interest)

2021 distance total is 613.43 km. I’m officially past the halfway point. 🙂

If you need to move your body on a regular basis, try walking, and consider setting a weekly or monthly goal. My 2021 walking goal helps me to stay motivated and reminds me about what’s important to me.

Be HEALTHY (Healthy Eating And Living Transforms and Heals You),

Day 4 of my 4-week Hyper-nourishing Health Reset

Our lives get so busy that we often forget to connect how we feel with what we ate.
My energy levels are huge today, and I know it’s because of…

Today is day four of my 4-week health reset using Dr. Brooke Goldner’s hyper-nourishing protocol. If you missed the details about how I am resetting my health, check out my Day 1 video.

My energy levels are huge today, and I know it’s because of the nutrient-rich blender of smoothies I make in the morning and then drink through the day.

Our lives get so busy that we often forget to connect how we feel with what we ate. I can tell you that when I eat pizza, cheese, potato chips, fried chicken or ice cream, I don’t feel energized. I feel full, then tired, and sometimes even sick if I overeat (which would be often).

When I eat smoothies and salads with raw, dark leafy greens like kale and with raw vegetables and fruit, I feel light, clean and airy, like I could fly.

If you’d like to hear more, check out my Day 4 update on how things are going with my health reset.

If you’re looking for more energy and are tired of feeling tired, eat more raw veggies and greens to see what happens. Just this tiny step can make a world of difference.

If you really want to tackle your fatigue, check out Dr. Goldner’s site.

Be HEALTHY (Healthy Eating And Living Transforms and Heals You),

2 Mushroom “Must-Knows” for Health

Today, my heart skipped a beat because I discovered there’s a toxin in mushrooms called Agaratine.
If you love mushrooms as much as I do, there are 2 things you’ve got to know about them.

Is there anything dangerous or unhealthy about mushrooms?

Well, it depends.

Do you eat them raw or cooked? How do you cook them?

If you love mushrooms as much as I do, there are 2 things you’ve got to know.

The first thing is about whether mushrooms are safe.

Today, my heart skipped a beat because I discovered there’s a toxin in mushrooms called Agaratine.

Nooooooo!

Cooking mushrooms removes most of the toxin, Agaratine.
Photo by congerdesign from Pixabay

Luckily, it turns out that most of the toxin is removed when you cook mushrooms. What a relief!

So, where did I learn about this toxin?

There are a few sources I highly trust for nutritional information, and one of the best sources, based solely on research from medical journals, is NutritionFacts.org, created and run as a non-profit service to the public by Dr. Michael Greger.

If you’re curious about Agaratine in mushrooms, then check out the NutritionFacts.org video.

I absolutely LOVE mushrooms, and to me, they’re part of a healthy diet, which leads to the second thing you’ve got to know about mushrooms if you’re interested in long-term health.

Most people cook mushrooms in butter or oil, and that’s the problem. Butter and oil are 100% fat, and when you cook your mushrooms in it, you’re getting a lot of artery-clogging “goodness” with your mushrooms.

Cook mushrooms without oil to reduce fat intake.
Photo by Geraud Pfeiffer from Pexels

Don’t get me wrong, I’m right with you on mushrooms sautéed in butter being amazing!

But, I want to enjoy my food without feeling guilty or being worried about my health.

To continue to love your mushrooms, without the extra fat bomb on your meal, you CAN cook mushrooms without oil. Yes. It is true, and that’s the groundbreaking , second thing you’ve got to know about mushrooms.

I won’t get into the different ways you can cook without oil (dry browning or sautéing in a little water or broth, for example) because tons of other online sources can show you.

I just want you to know that cooking mushrooms without oil IS possible, and that they are delicious. At home, I often make a quick stir-fry with veggies and brown rice ramen noodles, and I always include some tasty mushrooms in it.

There’s a unique, satisfying flavor in mushrooms that you can’t get from other vegetables (mushrooms are actually a fungi, but whatever; we lump them into the veggies category), so mushrooms are a must for me.

Most of us think we HAVE TO use oil to sauté everything, but the reality is we don’t.

Give it a try some time, but be forewarned; if you put oil/fats on a lot of your food, your taste buds will expect the fat when you eat your oil-free mushrooms. You may need to try this healthier way of cooking a few times before you love it like I do.

I’m glad to know that my love of cooked mushrooms means I’m not downing a toxin on a regular basis, and I’m glad to know there’s a healthier way to cook them.

Be HEALTHY (Healthy Eating And Living Transforms and Heals You),

Post-featured photograph by Emma Jones from Pexels.

My 4-week Hyper-nourishing Health Reset

I deeply believe that changing from a less-than-stellar lifestyle to a healthy lifestyle takes practice until you get it right.
I won’t give up; I’ll keep trying.

After a couple of months of celebrations and indulging, I find myself needing to reset my taste buds….again. Time to get off the wine, processed food and high-fat/salt combinations I crave.

I deeply believe that changing from a less-than-stellar lifestyle to a healthy lifestyle takes practice until you get it right.

I know I’m not the only person who commits to eating healthy food and exercising, starts off with huge enthusiasm and confidence, and then falters and goes off track, eventually giving up.

Sound familiar?

If you’re like me, you try and you try, and you keep “failing”. You feel like you’ll never achieve your health or weight-loss goals.

I won’t give up. I’ll keep trying, and today is Day 1 of a health reset using Dr. Brooke Goldner’s hyper-nourishing protocol.

Check out my video where I describe the details.

I wish you success on your own health journey. Remember to not give up. You’re worth the challenges and obstacles you face along the way.

Be HEALTHY (Healthy Eating And Living Transforms and Heals You),

June Update on my 1200 km Walking Goal–Just beyond the 500 km mark!

Setting a personal goal, and working towards it, gives you a feeling of accomplishment. Check out my progress on my 1200 km walking goal.

I didn’t do as much walking in June as I did in May, but I still walked 25 times. All of my walks were outside, except for one which I did on my treadmill. 

June distance: 99.1 km.

Scroll down to see my yearly total, to date.

In early June, I felt really energized, so there were a couple of occasions when I just felt like running, so I did. The second time, I ran 5.54 km without stopping!

It’s not my goal to run my 1200 km this year; my goal is to walk. However, I’ve learned to listen to my body, so if it wants to run, then running is what I’ll do.

My walks were varied and some more interesting than others. I walked in the woods, in my neighborhood, and one day I got a second walk in just as night was falling.

I bought a set of walking sticks to try them out. I liked them because I felt I got a better arm workout as I was moving. I’ve only used the sticks once, so I’ll have to try them more before I know if I really like them or not.

I feel so satisfied and have a true sense of accomplishment when I set a goal and then actually work towards it (as opposed to the initial excitement of a new goal, followed by procrastination). Even if there was a lull in my progress, like during the three days in a row I didn’t walk, I just kept at it.

Instead of looking at those three days as a failure and letting them turn into 5 or 10 days, and possibly giving up on my goal and giving up on me, I jumped right back into my runners and walked.

One of the things that holds us back from achieving our goals is we don’t do them as perfectly as we envisioned. Then we feel like a failure.

At least, that’s often the way it’s been with me.

Although my publicly stated goal is for the entire year, my unspoken goal has been to walk every day! Is that reasonable and doable?

It is, in the sense that waking is easy to do, but in another sense, our lives get busy and we make excuses, so maybe walking everyday is not as doable as I thought.

What might be a more sustainable goal is to try to walk 3-5 days a week. That way, if I walk 3 days…great; I met my goal. If I walk 5 days, that’s even better. If I walk those magical 7 days, well, then I’m a superstar!

But let’s get real for a minute. Life gets in the way sometimes, so I intentionally made my walking goal a yearly one instead of a weekly one. I don’t want to worry about how many walks I do in a week.

I want to look at my overall walking as a bigger picture, as a bigger lifestyle change. I can walk as often as I like, and I can walk for as short or as long a distance as I like. It doesn’t matter if I miss a day or two. I just need to keep moving and keep working toward my goal.

My 2021 yearly goal of 1200 km not only keeps me moving; it creates a personal challenge. When I get to Dec. 31 this year, I’ll have something to celebrate, even if I don’t meet my precise goal. It’s a win-win for me!

walking goal

Here’s where I’m at with my 1200 km goal:

   99.1 km June

154.43 km  May (I killed it this month!)

48.87 km  April

 33.85 km  March (10-day water fast from March 20-29, so less walking)

 50.36 km  February

122.13 km  January (high number due to initial dedication and interest)

2021 distance total is 508.74 km. Woo hoo!

I’m past the half-way mark in terms of time (6 months), but I’m not quite at the half-way point for kilometers yet. I’ll keep working on it!

Before I sign off, I’d like to take a moment to congratulate you on any progress you’re making with your own body-movement goals. Even if you’re just at the stage where you’re considering a goal, bravo for you!

Be HEALTHY (Healthy Eating And Living Transforms and Heals You),

Move on, and Don’t Give Up When you Fall Off Track

This post is available in audio. I used Anchor, and a standard woman’s voice, instead of my own. I’m just trying it out.

I recorded the video below a week ago when I was out on one of my morning walks.

Like I’ve said before, a walk alone in the fresh air is like a personal retreat for me, and I often get motivated on my walks, or at the least, energized.

On this particular walk I wanted to provide an update about how my journey to health and an ideal weight is coming along.

I’ve made a real discovery about how what we feed our bodies makes our bodies want more of it, and THIS is why, I believe, it’s sooo easy to get way off track with our eating habits.

Although I’ve been off track for the last few weeks, I’m more resilient than I used to be, and I’m much less hard on myself. Now, I can recognize and focus on my accomplishments over the two months previous, instead of zoning in on my more recent “failures”.

If you’re someone who struggles with being consistent with eating healthier foods, or you feel like a failure when you get off track, this video is for you.

I hope my journey can give you a positive boost and help you on your own journey to health.

Be HEALTHY (Healthy Eating And Living Transforms and Heals You),