Transition Time

 

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Castle of Peñafiel, Spain // April 20, 2018

Hello all,

I am now home from my semester-long study abroad experience in Spain and my travels around Europe and am transitioning back into normal life here in the states.

When I got back, I was hit with a terrible sinus infection which made it hard to come back with all of the energy and vigor that I wanted to, but have since gotten much better.

I went through a period of a good 4-5 days where I really missed my life in Spain; all of the pretty sights and the endless things to do and see, which I’m sure I will always miss, but I am feeling better now and more adjusted. I am settling into my routine at home, enjoying working; teaching yoga, barre, and other group fitness classes, along with helping with Chiropractic rehab at North Suburban Healthcare. [Located in Coon Rapids, MN – shameless plug – come see us for all of your chiropractic and wellness needs].

While I was in Spain, my host mom was doing all of my cooking, and I made the decision to just “let go” and eat basically whatever was served to me for those four months. I am so glad that I did; I tried and learned so much, and was able to bond with my host mom over food and cooking. She taught me to make a couple of my favorite Spanish dishes like Tortilla, Paella, and the typical dish from our town of Segovia, Judiones de la Granja. If I make any of them I will make sure to share photos 🙂

I really stayed quite healthy during my trip, avoiding the sicknesses that were passed around my group, only to get sick right as I was coming back (after I had run out of my Vitamin D and Zinc supplements…hmm).

Although I stayed generally healthy, the out-of-the-norm eating combined with my lack of access to a gym while I was there led to me gaining about 8 pounds by the time that I had come back. While not anything too extreme, I did not feel my healthiest or like the way my body looked as much as I had in the past by the end of the trip. It can be easy to get frustrated or negative about weight gain, but I know that with adopting my normal routine of eating and exercise I will be back to feeling my best in no time.

I believe that a healthy body image is fundamental to mental and overall health, and that is something that I have been working on for a long time. I am currently in a place where while I might not be exactly satisfied with where I am at, I don’t allow myself to fixate or get down about it. I know what I need to do to change it, and positive thoughts are so key in that process.

Upon coming back to to States, I have decided to transition to a gluten-free and dairy free lifestyle in order to (hopefully) help me achieve some of my health goals, which are NOT simply loosing the 8 pounds that I happened to have gained. I started with the first meal that I had once I got off the plane (Chipotle) and have kept it up ever since, wiiith a couple of cheats. So far I have lost about 5 pounds (its amazing what happens when you quit eating bread with every meal and start working on building muscle again) and I feel great. I am definitely not perfect with it, but I am going to do my best for at least a month and see what happens. Gluten free and dairy free is something that I have felt the need to do for a very long time but have neglected it until now. I hope to share a bit of my journey in order to help others that currently are or are considering making this change to their lifestyle as well. Stay tuned for my next post where I will explain why I chose to make this transition with my eating, which is not focused on the scale, but overall HEALTH.

Thanks for reading!

May you love your body and fuel it well.

Love, E

 

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