What to Eat Wednesdays: Starting 2018 with a Bang, Barre3 and a Southwest Quinoa Super Bowl!

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Well, hello, to the handful of you that read this blog regularly and to the smaller few of you who happen upon it randomly! It’s been ages since I posted, with the holidays and whatnot and no end to errands and events. And now, just a few days shy of 2018, it’s time to update on progress with the autoimmune issues, food, supplements, hair loss, and all those little things that consume my thoughts and actions these days.

I had to postponse my December appointment with Doc, as I was traveling for work. But here’s the update since my last post. Suffice it to say that my right eyebrow is totally gone, my left is thinning. Otherwise, though, the problems that bombarded me in October and early November have subsided.

And the wild thing is that I’m not even that freaked out about the hair loss. Normally, I would have been supersad. Instead, though, I have other things to think about–setting goals for the new year, trying to see people that I miss, focusing my attention on a new facet of work. These things are far more interesting to think about than when (or, realistically, even if) my eyebrows will grow back, or if I’ll ever really have hair on my head. I don’t know the answers to those things. (I’m still optimistic–I just think it’ll take a good while longer and come when I least expect it, maybe in part because I won’t be laser-focused on it for the first time in nearly 21 years.) Instead, I now prefer to spend my time thinking about arranging a day to get together with faraway friends, finding a weekend this spring to visit my Chicago cousins, hanging with my local family and pals, learning something new, challenging myself to get over my fears and grow my business into a wild success, cuddling my doglove, cuddling my lifelove, playing in the snow. So, while I may look freakish when I forget to pencil in the missing brow, things could be worse. Muchly.

And my digestion continues to seem stellar–no constipation hiccups while traveling (both to California and to the Catskills). I read this story on Bustle today, though, and it reminded me of so many of the problems I’d had for years (except the bulimia, all else rings too true). I’m grateful that things have miraculously turned around for me (little miracles, like regular pooping, are still really good ones!). In that same category are the facts that I’m no longer a sugar addict (although I still enjoy some sweets), I have essentially no aches and pains, a recent ‘bad’ glutening resulted in a rash–but a fairly contained one that went away in seven days– and I haven’t had a cold or flu to speak of in ages, and much more. All good, eyebrows be damned!

My health and wellness goals over the holidays were simply not to get too nutritionally derailed and to keep up with my supplements, and not to gain inches. (If you’ve followed this blog, you may remember that I haven’t weighed myself since May or June. Instead, I’m just going by how things fit and how I feel.) I’m taking measurements once a month or so, just to ensure I don’t kid myself with the delightfully loose feel of my jeans (just in case it’s because they’re threadbare and thusly compliant with my every wish, which they are and which is true).

And for the New Year? I don’t make resolutions, per se, but I do set goals. And one of them is to follow Barre3’s All-In challenge, which covers workouts (five a week), nutrition, breath work, and a bit more. (I love Barre3 workouts. They’re exactly what I need.) The nutrition component is perfect for me, too. It includes things like root veggie tacos, zucchini and carmelized onion frittata, southwest quinoa super bowls, and Barre3 energy bars and dark chocolate ‘doughnut holes’. All homemade, all pretty simple, all healthy, all sounding scrumptious. Sign me up!!

So, by my next update, I’ll fill you in on updates with Doc, my progress with the Barre3 All-In challenge, work, friends and family, and the like. And I’ll post a pic that’ll illustrate just what this tiny bit of hair of mine is like, without freaking you out by the fact that I resemble a cross between Uncle Fester and Albert Einstein, at least when I roll out of bed in the morning.

Until then, here’s wishing you and yours a stellar year in 2018–may obstacles small and large be pulverized, may you crush your goals, may you kiss your crushes, may you be healthy, and may you be ridiculously prosperous in all the things that make you happiest.

See you in 2018, cheers!

{Note: These are my own experiences with applied kinesiology, which clearly aren’t meant as medical advice for anyone else. But I know a lot of friends and family members are grappling with a huge variety of autoimmune issues and other ailments, so I’m happy to share my experiences. And if this is your first visit and you’d like to follow chronologically, click here. Otherwise, enjoy!}

{Photo: Used with permission from Pixabay.com via Pexels.com}




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