A Pictures Worth a Thousand Words

February 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

What do I even say… I don’t even know where to start.

I have, like many others, tried an array of diets with little success. Of course I would lose weight with each new food regimen, but It never stuck. Inevitably, the weight would always come back. Sometimes more than the amount lost. Discouraging to say the least. I was the preverbal yo-yo.

Shortly after I was diagnosed with MS, I made the decision to treat and heal my body naturally, with nutrition. I began drinking green smoothies and eating a lot of soups and salads along with healthy fat. My body was getting more nutrients than what it has ever received before. The results were pretty amazing!

I lost 35 lbs. in eight weeks.

It sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it?! It was so much easier to lose weight when weight loss wasn’t my main focus and getting healthy was my top priority. This isn’t to say that this was easy by any means as you can see here. This was the beginning of a major lifestyle change for me and my husband.

We had the Standard American Diet, (SAD). We ate plenty of fast food, tons of processed foods, and more than enough high fructose corn syrup to go along with it. When I made the decision to treat my disease with nutrition, I cleaned out all of the “bad food” from my kitchen cabinets and started eating whole, non-processed foods with very little to no grain.

The first 30 days was the green smoothie detox which led to loosing 19 lbs. The following month I added in soups and salads and lost another 16 lbs! Since then, I have added in more grains (sourdough or sprouted only) and began exercising.

It has been almost 8 months since I cleaned out the kitchen cabinets.  I have continued to slowly lose weight as I am eating more of a “normal” diet now. “Normal” used loosely here. In general, I eat what I want, i.e. chocolate chip cookies, but they are made with whole, non-processed ingredients.

All in all, I have lost 40 lbs and have gained a fair amount of muscle. Unfortunately, I’m not sure how many inches… But I do know it’s been a few jean sizes! Woot, woot!

Well, I guess a picture is only worth 378 words… 🙂

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§ One Response to A Pictures Worth a Thousand Words

  • Laura Deisher says:

    I am so proud of you, Crystal!!! You truly inspire me, and I am SO THANKFUL for what God is doing in your life, and through your life!

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