Quick Life update: In January, I stepped down from officership at church to focus on international student ministry. I celebrated my 6-months relationship (hi Stan!) in March. Esther and I also started training for a 5K in March (for the 3rd year now.. lol), which we will actually be running next week! (finally!! AHHH scary.)
Overall, my life rhythm slowed down a LOT, which has been a transition in itself – you’d be surprised at how much I missed being busy and “needed”. Sometimes I felt like I got off the train a few stations too early, but only realizing it after the train has pulled away from the station. NOOOOOO COME BACK!! But besides the minor freak outs, overall, I’m sleeping a lot more and trying to focus on living a more balanced life. :)
For Lent, I gave up sugar – specifically just to limit desserts and soda. It was mainly because I noticed that I often turned to food (sweets) for my emotional needs instead of first turning to God. Food is faster and instant! Thankfully, once I committed, I didn’t consider desserts as an option, so it wasn’t super hard mentally. I found it inconvenient sometimes though – I once accidentally ordered a French soda at a coffee shop because I wasn’t sure what to order that wouldn’t have syrup. French soda definitely had syrup.. lol.
Nearing the end of Lent, as I looked forward to being able to eat desserts again – I started freezing desserts. BAD IDEA. The anticipation of eat desserts made me crave them even more! My friend’s banana chocolate walnut bread, a cupcake, and ice cream!! On Easter, I had a piece of the most delicious tiramisu cake (OMG). It. was. glorious!!
While giving up sugar was partially a spiritual act of trying to grow in my relationship with God, it was also a side health experiment. I wanted to see if limiting my sugar-intake would help my acne to get better – – and it did! After 3+ years of struggling with acne, it’s hard to believe that my skin is smooth again! I currently don’t have any active acne. I still do have a lot of acne scars though.
I have been anti-medicine for basically my whole life, but through this, I have become a firm believer that FOOD is the real medication I need for my acne and overall health. What I put in my mouth will affect how my body functions.. which, does make sense..
I have never tried any diet plans because I believed in eating everything with moderation. Even in my search of wanting to eat clean, my schedule was such that I ate out almost every day, so I tried my best, but had many “oh well” binges. As I have been learning more about the Paleo lifestyle from blogs like FitBomb and Nomnom Paleo, (also this Buzzfeed challenge that’s not specifically paleo but low carb and no-processed foods), I’m becoming more convinced that the Paleo people may be up to something.
So here’s me, starting a new month, with a new challenge. I want to try Mark’s Daily Apple’s 21 day challenge!
For me, this basically means: eat real (not processed) foods, avoid sugar & carbs, walk around outside, run 2-3 times a week, and sleep regularly!
Good, I love sleep. And I want to learn how to cook more..
Supposedly, you will feel & see the difference in 21 days. But apparently the first 2 weeks of transition to paleo may be horrible. WE SHALL SEE!!!