Nurturing Spirit

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April 2017

Posted by katek67@aol.com on April 19, 2017 at 11:50 AM

Spring is here once again, time for new beginnings and fresh starts. Time can be a funny thing. Someone recently asked me how old my cats were and I said Bella is about 6 and Hadley is around 3, then later that week my daughter asked when the cats birthdays were, she remembered they were in the spring sometime. So I looked them up to double check and sure enough I was right on the dates Bella's birthday was April 1st and Hadley's was March 17th. Then I looked a bit closer... Bella was born in 2008, we adopted her in 2010, she actually just turned 9 years old. And Hadley was born in 2012, she was 5 months when we adopted her so she just turned 5 years old. I was shocked. Where on earth did the time go, I have had my cats locked in to the wrong ages for years! If children didn't change so much over the years I may have done the same with them too. I know of time and it's basic concept but when you don't really live by clocks and calanders but more from an internal feeling  things can get a little distorted, not necessarily in a bad way. I feel the same today as I did years ago, guess that is a very good thing, one of which I am grateful for beyond measure.

When I first noticed some signs of aging in my body I decided to make some changes in my life. They were not easy changes at first.  I had to  totally through out all my "knowledge" and understanding of nutrition I had learned over the last decade or more, and start over from scrap. What I was taught, what we are currently taught on diet is in my experience...wrong, all of it, wrong. We could not have such an epidemic of illness going on in our society if  our diets were in fact correct and healthy. So where does one begin. Looking at the science, researching medical journals and finally looking at other countries and cultures where things seem to be going right.

I finally landed on Sweeden and South Africa where the right diet was a High Fat Low Carb lifestyle. I know at first it sounds crazy but if you give the idea  a chance and tune into your bodies needs it begins to make sense. I began on a ketogentic diet September 2015 and I took my husband along with me on this journey. Within a few months we began to see changes, weight was dropping off and we felt more energetic. Onward we went, by the next  spring I felt a bit stuck with my weight loss so I began looking into the paleo diet and using whole foods more and dairy a bit less (except butter and keifer those stayed). More weight came off and some amazing side effects happened along the way, besides my husband and I losing over 30 pounds each (we were not that overweight to begin with just enough to be getting uncomfortable), I also noticed no more joint pain in my body, much more energy and clearer thinking ( I even went back to school at 48 years old and got straight A's), no more premenaposal symptoms (including night sweats,gone), I just feel younger and happier. Now my kids have a hard time keeping us with us on vacation. 

Time and aging are concepts we are taught but actually how they are interpretted individually varies. Our beliefs on aging and how we should or should not act vary according to our thoughts. Let this spring be a new beginning for you to find a fresh start and turn back the clock so to speak. Yes time marches forward and things will always be changing, yet we can keep our thoughts turned inward focusing on the good in our lives, to the joy in our hearts and to the blessings and miracles that surround us daily. Our focus is our reality, keep yours bright and youthful and you'd be surprised how freeing it feels to let go of the constant ticking of time. 

For more information on a HFLC diet check out DietDoctor.com there are recipes, blogs, videos and a wealth of information to be had. 

Kate

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