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For healthchat followers, I had a successful 21 day detox in the Fall and felt great going into the holidays.  Results were surprising for me.  The acid reflux symptoms I was having before the detox went completely away.  I found they were associated with dairy and wheat.  And it reinforced the experience that chocolate brings on wicked dizziness and migraines.  Weight loss was not the motivating factor but, I lost 15 pounds anyway.  So, I considered it a success.

However, with the holidays and 40 inches of snow last weekend some of my unhealthy eating habits have reared their ugly heads.  I call the post-holiday eating syndrome Hibernation.  Snow shoveling has been my exercise and all I want to do is stay at home, read and eat. I can relate to the bears and ground hogs.  IMG_0047

Some good habits are still in place.  Cheese and chocolate are still off the menu and I’ve reduced my wheat consumption most days.  Finally got back to bicycling at the gym. So, some of those ugly habits are not going to come back.

The plan now is to keep the healthy eating and exercise in place until Spring.  I’m not going to begin another detox or add anything new until my body wakes up from the long winter’s sleep.  Remembering how I felt before the detox and preventing those symptoms from recurring will help.  Also, keeping fresh fruit and vegetables on hand to prevent eating processed food from the cupboard is key.

Finally, accepting the fact that my body is coping with the season.  Eating heavier foods that help to keep me warm is okay.  Also, I’m determined to stop stressing about what I weigh, instead learn how to like myself and accept my new habits as part of the journey to ultimate health.  Enjoying the winter months and hibernation mode is the goal.  I think I’ll take a nap.










Author: Laura Powell Like

Hi my name is Laura Powell Like. My career in nursing, healthy lifestyles and prevention of disease spans over 25 years. A graduate degree in Parent-Child nursing has helped me work in the field of womens health, raise 4 children of my own and study research concerning how to acheive a healthy lifestyle in the western culture. Currently I own a business and focus on mentoring other leaders as well as making recommendations to my clients about diet, supplementation, exercise and prevention of disease. I consult with experts and health practitioners who have the education and experience needed to fully answer my clients questions and concerns. This blog is about education, personal experience, and getting the word out. So enjoy, I welcome your comments and questions.

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