For those of you who remember me you may have assumed I had yet again gone off the rails and left the forum to plunder the local sweet shop.
Never! Well - not this time at least.
I have just been really busy with the new job and compared to the last job - where I sat on the net all day! - its hectic but great to be up and moving around. I'm working for a pathology lab and basically drive to the same hospital 3 times a day, stopping at 3 places along the way to collect samples and then go back.
Its not too strenuous, I am out in the daylight all day and the money is good so am very happy about it. The only challenge is forming friendships at work as all the people I work with are always on the road and I only see the receptionists at the places I visit for a split second BUT all in all its a wonderful change and I am very grateful to my friend for getting me the job when I was despairing that anyone would hire me because of my size.
It IS busy though so I have to be organised and take my lunch and snacks with me.
I have lost around 8 kilos in the last 3 weeks which I am really happy with and my fitbit is telling me I am hitting around 11,000 steps a day, mainly because hospitals are ginormous and I have to do a lot of walking once I get to places so that works well.
I will call in for weigh in this week on Monday
I heard Dr Oz on the radio the other day and he said something that was quite simple but made a lot of sense.
Apparently it's not actually our stomach that processes food but the bacteria in our stomach that does the work so if our gut bacteria is not healthy we won't be.
"Prebiotic" food is the best food to eat for your gut's health and helps immensely with bloating etc.
These foods include onion, almonds, asparagus, banana, citrus fruits and a bunch of other things.
I had been having problems with bloating for months and I started eating oranges and tangelos every day (just because I liked them and they are in season) and within a few weeks I felt like a new man - I suspect it was the pectin in these foods.
Probiotics help to increase the amount of bacteria in your gut and intestine but prebiotics are more important because they ensure you have HEALTHY bacteria.
He also said that when you are not eating a healthy diet (as most of us have not in our lives ) this is when food allergies may start to occur because the bacteria is not capable of breaking down lactose, wheat etc. whereas healthy bacteria is able to cope with these things. And the longer we eat a bad diet the more likely we are to succumb to food allergies which then explained why people in their (for example) 50's could suddenly become dairy intolerant or celiac.
Anyways thought I would share that as it made sense to me once it was explained.
Hope you're all well and losing and will catch up with you all over the coming days.