Daily Encouragement for Life’s Struggles

Daily Encouragement for Life’s Struggles

I’ve struggled with my eating habits all of my life.

Long story short, when I was a kid I was constantly given something sweet to satisfy my hunger. Mother refused to cook most of the time. I remember trying to learn to cook as an attempt to get something besides peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, for my brother and I.

She expected us to eat quick stuff like cereal & grab things out of the fridge like a piece of ham or cheese, when we didn’t want to make a sandwich. She normally wouldn’t cook anything but beans and cornbread; I guess because that’s what she was raised on.

By ten years old, I couldn’t stomach another bean. Realizing this, my dad started taking us to the bread store every two weeks. He would stock up on doughnuts, Zingers, and snack goods.

It was sort of a reward and a form of quick items to eat. It’s the only “reward” I remember getting from my parents and I began to associate sweets with positive feelings.

When Halloween rolled around, I would get sweets for treats again. The candy would last for months, and so did that positive feeling.

At Christmas time, my mother would fill my stocking with fruit and candy. The church would also give me a stocking full of fruit and candy.

I associated sweets as treats and those positive feelings turned into daily habits.

As an adult, I realized the need for good nutrition as pertaining to my health, so I made some dietary changes.

Those who know me, know that I like Dr. Pepper and anything chocolate. Otherwise, my meals are fairly healthy.

After I lost 48 pounds on the Keto diet in 2018, I tried to remain on a low-carb diet up until my personal life spiraled out of control.

At that point, I got off the diet for a short while because it just added more stress having to keep track of everything I eat.

When I did, the carb cravings increased.

I’ve been reading a book about nutrition that says, many times what we crave the most is the very thing we need to avoid. It says what our body craves is sometimes what we are allergic to (or have an intolerance for).

The bad bacteria in our gut craves more of the stuff that feeds it. So when you have an unnatural “craving” for some sort of food or drink, it’s probably because it feeds that bad bacteria in your gut.

The bad bacteria multiply and eventually cause pain, inflammation, & disease. Then it can never get enough of what it craves, and your body responds negatively as a result.

Your favorite food could very well be killing you!

Think about that for a moment. Is something you are doing and enjoying slowly “killing” you?

Sounds serious, and, it is.

Dainty foods look delicious. They may even call your name on a daily basis but don’t fall for it. They’re a trap. An occasional treat is fine, but a daily habit is bad for your health.

After losing the weight in 2018, I realized I was losing curves. I changed my eating plan to low-carb and got off of keto. The problem is all the cheat nights I was having. The cravings came back and increased as time went on. As they did, so did several health issues.

I developed hypoglycemia so badly I wasn’t able to live without small amounts of sugar, without feeling like I was going to pass out. Because of this, I started drinking Dr. Pepper again and eating chocolate (since those are the only carbs that seem “worth it” to me.)

Because of having to eat the sugar, I also developed pre-diabetes and gained weight again.

This has truly been a roller-coaster ride since the day I had a hysterectomy, but I’m determined to figure out what my body needs.

Now I’m changing my habits once again. I plan to create a healthy eating pattern and not allow the worries of life to get me down this time. I will continue to use my carb app, and keep up with my daily intake.

I transitioned back to a low-carb diet in April of 2020. It took some time for me to change my eating patterns again, but I intentionally did it slowly to allow my mind and body time to adjust. It has taken some time to wrap my mind around living a low-carb lifestyle for the rest of my life, but it is apparent that is how it will have to be.

It is hard in today’s society because carbs are pushed on us.

Keto has been the only diet plan that has worked for me. I initially lost ten pounds and 4 inches from my waist. Suddenly the weight loss stopped and I hit a stall. I wasn’t losing inches or pounds. I switched back to low-carb hoping to boost my metabolism.

More than a year later I am still not seeing results no matter what I’ve tried. Keto and low-carb hasn’t worked, even though I lowered my carb count to 15 grams per day. I’ve adjusted it several times hoping to find what my body needs.

I gained the weight back even though I was on low-carb the majority of the time, but I’m not giving up. I have several health issues that have affected my weight loss but I refuse to give up on being healthy. I strive for it every day. I will post future articles to keep you updated but this girl doesn’t quit. Good news is on the horizon!

For those of you who are thinking about trying the keto or low-carb diets, I can tell you it is definitely a healthier way to eat even if it doesn’t produce the weight loss you were hoping for. I feel SO MUCH better when I eat fewer carbs, I have pretty much stopped doing it to lose weight, I now do it to feel better and have less inflammation.

I encourage you to work on your weaknesses. We all have them. Find what your body needs to be healthy. Don’t let the worries of life get you down. Create a life of discipline and stick to it.


Whatever good thing you are doing, don’t turn back. Press forward to good health. Be encouraged. Please check back for updates. ❤️

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