A little more than a month ago, I started an experiment, as noted in my New Tools post. I began using three new tools – the Sports Breather, Udo’s Oil, and stevia. About a week ago, I expanded the experiment by moving to a gluten-free diet.
The results? I run more easily and a little more quickly. That’s due to 15 minutes a day with the Sports Breather, which has increased the strength of my diaphragm and made belly breathing much more natural. Using stevia has meant I’ve been able to eliminate sugar completely from my diet. A daily dose of two tbsp’s of Udo’s Oil has made me feel more energetic and vital. As if that weren’t enough, I’ve lost nine lbs in the past four weeks. I’m now down to 151 lbs, and am on my way to goal weight of 145.
Those are pretty good results, especially considering that it hasn’t been hard to make the changes. Probably the easiest change – and the one with the most significant results – has been eliminating sugar completely. I’ve tried doing that before, but without success. This time, using stevia as my only sweetener, I have more even energy levels throughout the day, and have no cravings at all between meals, as I had before.
The experiment continues. I’ve started a conversation with a holistic nutrition counselor to fine-tune my nutritional program, and perhaps resolve some long-standing issues that haven’t been addressed by the experiment so far. More about that later.