Thursday, February 21, 2013

Inspirational (Or Perspirational)

Healthiness: 1. Lack of chocolate, pizza and Culver's Cheese Curds. 2. The omission of nearly every drink but water. 3. The requirement that, on a normal basis, One ought to perspire heavily, gasp for breath during and become sore after  rigorous torture exercise.

There are several ways that I could make a preview (full of true-to-life vibe and color) of this post. Any of the following would do:

Anna gasps for breath, bending forward in agony, her muscles burning, her skin sweaty, her face red. When. When would it be over. She glances toward the bottom of the screen, while the fit-and-active instructors are still working hard above the clock on the sidebar. Forty-three minutes left. Something inside groans and sinks lower. Agony, agony...

Or maybe,

"Kara, I do hereby promise to pay you a dollar every time I violate my health plan in the next month."
(Anna owes Kara six dollars at this point.)

Or perhaps,

Up, crunch, *wheeze* up, crunch, *wheeze* up, crunch....What's that sound? The rhythm of an ailing jogger's feet and respiratory system.  Anna has been talked into jogging with,  er, far behind her sister Kara.  (Who appears to be very fit and determined up ahead, steadily running...running...running on the gravel path.)

Or maybe,

"I could almost die for a piece of chocolate right now."


I must give myself credit - I have done quite a few VERY HARD work-out programs, and have jogged much further than I ever thought I could. I've almost eliminated carbs from my diet, and sugar is a once-a-week ordeal. But it's not enough.

I think of all the things I've heard unhealthiness causes. Weight gain, cancer, high blood pressure, dialysis, heart-burn, random little sicknesses that occur because the immune system isn't "up to par", and I think to myself, "I don't want these things."

Maybe I'm wrong, but it stands to reason that if my generation has so many allergies and symptoms of dreadful things, the next generation will inherit even more if the pattern goes unhindered. And I think to myself...."I can't do that to my kids..."

I listen to what Mom has learned  through the course of her researching and something inside says "We need to do something about this - but what? Where would we start? Sugar? Carbs? Yeah...but would it work? Should I just give up like so many around me, with a laugh and "Yeah, I know I shouldn't, but..."

I'm persuaded, after much research (done by my mother) and thinking and praying, that most of the above-listed symptoms result from one (common) problem.  {You can read all about this theory if you click on the link below.}

While looking into this healthiness course, I've learned more interesting things about biology (in close relation to humankind) than a textbook could ever teach me. It's almost gross. Very disturbing, to-be-sure, but highly fascinating.

The hard part is this: Grains are nearly ousted and sugar is (obviously) never. This is tough. While I do limit them to a severe corner of my life (only to be visited on the occasion of a high privilege - which excuse is used far too often, I admit) I love them. Food is a comfort thing.

I've always wished there could be a way to have pizza at my wedding without offending someone. Peanut M&M's are what I've looked forward to whenever shopping day came around. Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies used to be part of my identity - they were my "thing" at our house. I repeat; this is hard.

HOWEVER: when I think about the problems that I've had, the way I've agonized between the truth about health and society's view of what's "Okay," how my body handles the food that's supposedly "Okay" and what (I can see) this "Okay" diet does to people around me every day...I decide that the sacrifice is necessary.

The positives are greater than the negatives I think:

  • This way, I'll be the weight that I'm supposed to be, I'll probably lose any excess fat that I may have and acne will be greatly reduced.

  • I'll get rid of the little health annoyances that have been bugging me.

  • I can bypass the sickness/diseases that wait to clobber those who balance on the "Okay" diet.

  • My children will be less inclined to inherit, or end up, with things like Autism or AD/HD.
  • I can learn how to cook delicious, healthy meals (We've been testing out the recipes and they're actually DELISH!) and teach a future family to eat this way from start to finish.

We had been eating healthily before, but making meals that tasted good but contained no carbs was a challenge for me. { For instance: Chicken soup just isn't as good without bread. A terrible truth.} Amazingly, it is possible to bake on this diet, using nut-flours. ( I was SO excited about this.)

And thus, The Pyatskowit family is headed toward an indefinite period of a very strict dietary regime. (You start out with a limited amount of things to eat, then gradually incorporate more as the bodily system can tolerate it.)

Prayers are appreciated.


~The Keller Girls~ said...

Hello Anna!

This is a lovely idea!
Our family eats healthier than most, but still not very.
Ruth is diabetic so she eats hardly any carbs.

Our Mom has researched flour, and the reason flour is bad for you is because the grain needs to sprout.
(If that makes sense =) We buy a big bag of whole organic oats or spelt (food co-op) and Mom will grind it up in our flour maker and than she will soak it overnight and then in the morning we have pancakes (yum!) or oatmeal! (double yum!)
The reason the flour has to soak is because, as you soak the grains/flour it expands and lets out all the minerals and nutrients!
This is just our personal favorite way to eat grains, but of course going no-grain (or almost no-grain) is another option! =D

Another good idea for bread is (You may have heard of this)

Ezekiel bread:
( ! SO good! It is kinda expensive. You can get them at a local health food store, online or Kroger.

Another option for low-carb.
Since Ruth is diabetic she can't have pop when the family has pop.
Mom found this really good pop that is called Zevia ( ) (it is expensive), but we have pop so rarely that these last a while for Ruth. That way she is drinking something that tastes like pop, it is healthy, and it is low-carb!

This health idea is a good idea!
Sorry to get this so long!
Keep going! ;)

Have a great day and God bless!
~Hannah, Ruth, and Sarah~

Lily said...

It is so hard to change our eating habits, but you are doing the BEST thing for yourself and your future children.

The initial phase is extremely difficult, but once the gut lining is healed you will be able to eat healthy, soaked grains and even honey! I'm certain you are going to feel so much better, in the end.

Just remember, it's the genetically modified, hybrid grains that are causing the problem. The original grains they ate in the Bible times are healthy and fine (after your gut lining has healed. Hang in there! We can do this! Yes, we can! ;)

Anna said...

Thanks for the ideas and encouraging thoughts. :) I appreciate both of your input. I'm actually pretty excited about the changes I've seen in my health thus far (as we're seeing what this sort of eating is like before the diet starts.)

Mom: Thanks so much for caring this much about our health. I truly think that God has directed us to this. You're right. "We can do it!"