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Day 33: I am grateful for the world of apps!

365 Days of Wonderful – Day 33

Today I am grateful for the world of apps! I had to download an app to help me count the days. Turns out my fancy new Google calendar doesn’t support this any more.  Now that I am doing a 365 day blog and I will need to count… so, I needed to get an app! I figured the math would drive me crazy very shortly! :0 I love posting correct data! I am grateful for my inner nerdy girl that strives to spell correctly, include relevant data, and looks up new words to increase my vocabulary!

I also have to say that I’ve been thinking about and investigating Keto… I know, there is much conflicting info out there about the cost/benefit analysis. I have been Paleo since January 2015. I read my first Paleo book when I went on a cruise, and adopted the lifestyle–while on the cruise… Yes, I am that girl. The crap on the cruise doesn’t interest me, and I’ve never been an all-you-can-eat person… So for the past 4 years I’ve been investigating an anti-inflammatory food regimen–for my body.

I am Paleo, I am nightshade free, I am soy free, I am low-no added sugar, gluten free, grain free, and legume free. OK, honestly I go out for a taco every two weeks or so, and have a handful of corn chips, and an occasional margarita–that is my cheat. I also have a few squares of Theo chocolate bars, every so often. Woot! Woot!

I’m kinda the Queen of Moderation. And I feel like I am in the best shape of my life–and I am OH SO GRATEFUL TO FEEL GOOD IN MY BODY.

I would absolutely love to loose another 8 lbs or so, and reduce the visible cellulite on my thighs… but who wouldn’t?!!! LOL

As a Wellness Coach, I’ve been wanting to investigate Keto, and really get a handle on understanding the macro nutrients, so that I can help others negotiate this, if they want to try it. I love sciency, data-dense nutritional content–so this is right up my alley! And guess what? There is an APP FOR THAT! Of course!!! Hallelujah! I am so grateful for the geeks that make apps! I’m not sure why they do it. But I am grateful!

So I downloaded Carb Manager – wow. You can choose the type of diet that you want to track. There are thousands of foods in their lists, including name brands… like my Theo chocolate bars, and Ricola cough drops.

It is interesting to track my day. I’m sure it will get tedious pretty fast, but it was completely illuminating. I really had no idea the number of carbs I was consuming, or the grams of protein, nor the fats, or calories! I’m pretty good about my water consumption–most days.

The whole idea behind Keto is to reduce your carbohydrate consumption, in order to get to ketosis, and get your body to switch from being a carb and sugar burner to a fat burning machine–thus using your body’s stored fats, thus shedding pounds and cellulite. (Can I get another Hallelujah for that?)

The thing that interests me, is the idea of reducing blood sugar swings. The new science is calling Alzheimer’s Type 3 diabetes… And the protocol for reducing your propensity for dementia is to even out your blood sugar, so that we have less highs and lows. This is SO interesting. My grandmother had dementia in the last couple years of her life. I have a cousin who’s husband’s mom and step dad both had early onset dementia. Dr. Perlmutter’s Brain Maker book stated that he felt we would have an epidemic of dementia – in the coming years–mostly due to how we eat–high carb, high sugar.

I’ve been thinking that white sugar and white flour are the White Plague of the 21st Century… I guess the good news is that when it hits–most of us won’t know. =0 So, I guess I am grateful for the study of epigenetics which tells us that even IF we have the genetics, we have the ability to change our lifestyle–including through the foods we eat. This means we will not be destined–by our genes, but have the ability to make changes, and ultimately have a positive effect on our body’s chemistry, and microbiome. This is MAGNIFICENT NEWS. Albeit, it is not so easy to make dietary changes–but it IS possible to begin to change the food that you put on your plate.

AND – IF you are willing to try an app, and do some investigation, you may be able to alter the course of your life. Honestly, my mother is gone. Died almost 18 years ago (of colon cancer) at the all too young age of 57. Do I want to alter my epigenetics? –HELL YES I DO. And I am grateful that science tells me it is possible. (Insert Cartwheels here!)

The other good news is that brain science tells us that we have neuroplasticity in our neurons. We are able to build new dendrites, and enhance our neural synapses by trying new things, doing cross body exercises, and stimulating our brains. This means games, dancing, and life-long learning!

So I will leave you thinking about your diet, and your brain… what do you want the rest of your life to look like??? I certainly recommend becoming informed, and educated. You can be a science experiment of one. Become a solo biohacker, in your personal space suit. It’s not too late. _________________

365 Days of Wonderful – A Gratitude Practice for shifting the way that we think, and re-framing life with a slant toward the positive.

I invite you to dig into the Individual Inquiry, feel free to comment below, or investigate in your personal journal. Share, or tag a friend that you think may resonate with this message. I’ve got tons of books I can recommend.

I’m a Transformational Life Coach, and Wellness Coach. I advocate finding Joy, connecting to Purpose, Passion and Meaning, so that you Love the Life You Have, and Create a Life You LOVE. Feel inspired? Want to know more? I’d love to connect–feel free to message me, or visit my website.

Blessings. ______________ Individual Inquiry: What are you willing to do to affect your health positively? Are you willing to change the food you put on your plate? Have you investigated what foods cause you inflammation? Have you done a food sensitivity test? Have you read any books on epigenetics, diet, and lifestyle changes? Are you playing games to stimulate your brain? Dancing? Driving home a new way? Learning something new?

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