Experimenting!

By | April 9, 2012

The last few months I have been experimenting with my life!  To explain why I have to go back to last summer.  I was in training for the Friends For Life Bike Rally, a 6 day, 660k bike ride adventure from Toronto to Montreal.  When I started training I was riding 50k a weekend and as we got closer to the date of departure we were riding 200k a weekend.

There were many challenges for me in this adventure.  I was recovering from a torn MCL, torn Meniscus and a big problem with my back.  On top of all that I was always in huge pain, barely being able to walk after each ride.  I continued and in July of 2011 we left Toronto.

The pain I experienced doing this ride was extraordinary for me.  Riding the bike was no problem however once I was off the bike I could hardly move and sleeping outside in a tent on a blow up mattress was beyond what I could enjoy.  It really made the whole event something that I couldn’t wait to be over!

Once we arrive in Montreal my thought was it was no big deal to ride a bike 660k!  LOL!

However once I got home and back to normal living back in Toronto not to be on a bike since what I noticed is I started to bloat up.  In a very few short months I noticed I had gained over 15 pounds and was not happy about it.  Even though I was not riding a bike I was still exercising and training each week.  As I don’t eat junk food of fast food it was really a mystery as to why?

Then one day we were having a conversation and the comment came out that where we were buying our food (protein) it was all grain fed.  I was actually quite shocked to think about this because they advertise the protein to be antibiotic free and hormone free.  In my mind that seemed to say it was grass fed!

You have heard the saying you are what you eat?  Well I was eating grains everyday and not even knowing it!  To add to that I was eating sprouted grains each day for breakfast (toast).  In the process I was gaining weight, getting bigger and bigger to the point where my clothes were not fitting me.

So here is where the experiment comes in.  I decided to do an experiment.  I was only going to eat protein and vegatables.   I decided that butter was ok to put on my vegatables and I could use olive oil and coconut oil for cooking.  Now within 2 weeks I had gone down 10 lbs and that bloated look was gone.  I started to feel more energetic, I was thinking clearer as well.

This was 2 months ago when I began this experiment and as I continue to reduce in size what I am also seeing is my sleep is really amazing.  For the first time in over 15 years I am getting most nights about 6-7 hours sleep without waking up.  That has been one of the best things about this experiment for me.

About 3 weeks after I began my experiment I was able to listen to the Paleo Summit by Sean Croxton.  Here I have been able to begin my journey to learn about the Paleo and Primal program by many professionals.  I have also been able to begin learning about Gluten Sensitivity, a big health challenge in our world today!

So my experiment so far has been quite amazing for how I feel.  That dull constant pain I have lived with for over 16 years has  been eliminated almost 100% and if that is all I would ever has found beneficial for my experiment it would have been well worth it.  Better sleep, weight reduction, more energy, clearer thinking have also been benefits I have seen over the last 2 months.

Now is a time to continue to experiment, to see what other benefits I see and more importantly feel.  I will continue to include Symmetry‘s Ultra Vitality, Tranquility, Clarity and of course Genesis with X’Tranol 24 in my daily regimine, lots of Symmetry filtered water of course and for sure Organic vegatables, butter, coconut oil, coffee cream and pastured grass fed beef, and poultry and Alaskan Salmon.

I personally don’t feel that I am missing out on any Junk foods because feeling better is worth so much more to me than putting anything in my system that causes me challenges!

It is my intention to continue to chronicle this experiment for myself and see where it leads me.

In good health, Wendy Bottrell