Selfie Drama Queen!

Following on from my first post, I promised a funny story. So first, a bit of background. I have struggled with low self-esteem for many years having had a weight problem for most of my life. Since beginning eating wfpb in November 2019 I have lost a significant amount of weight – no idea how much because I was in total denial about what I weighed so didn’t weigh myself. Also, I very, very rarely had my photo taken, and if I did, it would only ever be when I’d lost weight. So, fast forward to May 2020 and having lost weight I started taking an interest in my overall appearance again. My sister had recently begun buying Body Shop products from a friend who was a Body Shop at Home Consultant. I decided to update my skin care regime (after all – not getting any younger!) This was during lockdown and having not been out, I’ve practically been living in pyjamas, make-up free with hair that is desperate for a cut and colour. I decided to invest in quality products and my consultant suggested I take a before photo and another a week later to show how the products had improved my skin. Me! take a photo! of myself!!!!

Of course, I have not met the consultant so she wasn’t aware of my absolute phobia of having my photo taken! Anyway, once I’d stopped hyperventilating, I thought I would give it a go. What’s the worst that could happen, right! Armed with my smart phone I took my first selfie and my worst fears were confirmed – droopy eyelid, wonky nose – nightmare! To say I was horrified is an understatement! Now, I share my home with my 3 teenage grandsons and it just so happened that one of them was passing my bedroom door just as I was reviewing my selfie. Thrusting the offending photo in his face I said “I don’t really look like that do I?” Well his face was a picture. So many emotions flickering across his face. I could actually see the cogs turning, thinking how do I answer this one? Eventually he said “let me take your photo nana, you’re not used to taking selfies” (another understatement). Needless to say, the result was the same, confirming to me that indeed I did look like that. Not to be deterred, the grandson said, “it’s probably your phone nana, let me take one on your iPad”. He looked through the lens and said “shut your mouth nana, you might look better.” Well, at that, I was in hysterics. I laughed and laughed and couldn’t stop. The grandson joined in. My stomach hurt I was laughing so much. When I’d recovered, I said, “right I’m ready for my close up now.” Grandson said, “I can’t take one now nana, your face is all red.” So, I was resigned to the fact that I was not exactly photogenic. However, I persevered with recording my skin regime progress. The result of all this – I no longer fear my photo being taken and have learned to like the way I look. Well at least I no longer recoil in horror! Low self esteem is a drain, but I’m working on it. Needless to say I won’t be posting the before selfie anytime soon, if ever! But, after 4 months of lock down I have a hair appointment booked in – so you never know, with my new found self confidence, I may try the selfie again!

I wish inserting media content into this blog was as easy as switching to whole food plant based eating! But….still getting to grips with it.

In my next and subsequent posts I will continue to share my progress along with recipes, tips and facts about how I got started and what has kept me on track. If you are interested in discovering more about the whole food plant based lifestyle, please visit my blog again and feel free to comment, give feedback, suggest ideas for content and ask questions.

Passionate about Whole Food Plant Based eating

26/May 2020, I turned 63 years old, How did that happen I wondered?In my head I wasn’t 63! Late in 2019, I was taking stock of my life and yet again my thoughts turned towards my weight. I really needed to do something about it…..again. I have been on so many diets from about the age of 14 and for brief periods of time I actually felt good about the way I looked. It never lasted for long though and I would end up putting all the weight back on and more. That same scenario was repeated over and over again. Why was that? Because I never learned about nutrition and didn’t make the connection between what I ate and how I felt health wise!

So in October 2019 my mind must have been open and attuned to the idea of healthy weight loss because appearing on my radar was all this talk about ‘whole food plant based’ (wfpb) eating. I was curious, read more and more, did a whole lot of research and then in my Facebook feed came across Dr Roseanne Olivera’s ‘21 Day Whole Food Plant Based Challenge’. Even so, I didn’t start straight away, I began to see posts from those who had started and that cemented my desire to get involved. I was ready to change and the predominant reason for change was for health reasons – weight loss would be a very welcome bonus.

In preparation, I shopped for spices, herbs, tinned and dried goods and finally fruit and vegetables, ready to give myself the best possible chance of maintaining this new eating lifestyle. The day before starting whole food plant based, I bought a new box of 72 Rennie because I had suffered with acid reflux for years. Everything I ate caused acid reflux. 8 months in, I still have not opened that box! From my first whole food plant based meal I have not experienced acid reflux – absolutely amazing! The first indication that I had taken the first step to improved health.

I chose not to transition, instead choosing to go the whole hog and decided I wouldn’t use oil, sugar or salt. Within the first week I noticed pain in my fingers and my right knee had significantly decreased and by the end of the third week, all pain had gone. The health benefits kept me on track with my choice and happily the weight was dropping off!

In my next post I will share a funny story (well in my opinion it’s funny) about taking my very first selfie! The reason I don’t have a before photo will also become clear.

If you are new to eating wfpb or thinking about transitioning to wfpb or interested in my experience so far, please feel free to comment and if there is a particular topic you’d like me to cover, please let me know?