I'm not one for New Year's resolutions, but this November, I've decided it's time to implement a few changes to my life.
Nothing too drastic, just a few minor tweaks to my daily habits. I am very much a creature of habit (some would say I have an addictive personality), so it usually takes me a good 6 - 8 weeks or so to alter my behaviour. I am quite disciplined in some ways, but certainly lacking in other areas.
So, my November resolutions are to buy less stuff and not binge drink at weekends.
This is not going to be easy for me, as buying stuff is just too easy these days. Back in the day, consumption would involve actually going to a shop during opening hours. These days, of course, we can shop all day from our mobile devices, making the process of spending seem very unreal. so, I'm going to not buy any clothes (or related items) for the next 6 weeks. Then I'll take stock.
Drinking too much at the weekend is also going to be a hard one to stop, so I'm not aiming to stop altogether, just not get to the terrible hangover stage that I seem to manage at the moment.
Linked to alcohol consumption is the other thing that am doing - sorting out my ongoing gut issues. I've been doing this since September, so it's not really a November resolution.
Naomi, from the fab blog Coulda Shoulda Woulda visits the Mayr clinic fairly regularly, and posted about her visits there earlier this year http://naomipicks.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/the-mayr-clinic-why-i-go-again-and-again.html.
The idea of a detox sounded like a good idea for me to consider, as I've suffered from IBS for many years, and recently it has become far worse. Naomi very generously sent me this book:
It's a very interesting approach to inner health, and I did consider doing it, but knowing my metabolism and lifestyle, I decided it was just too drastic for me to do at this current stage in my life.
As a result of the book, and Cilla from the blog Cilosophy, I made an appointment with a dietician to look into doing the Low FODMAP diet, from Monash University's research into IBS.
You can read more about the low FODMAP diet here - it's basically about cutting out fermenting sugars that sit in the large intestine and ferment, causing the various symptoms that fall under the umbrella of IBS.
Anyway, I did a 2 week elimination diet at the beginning of September, and the impact it had on my health was truly remarkable! I felt like a new person - no more debilitating pain and frantic dashes to the loo! the diet wasn't draconian, it simply involved cutting out foods containing FODMAPS:
After the 2 week elimination diet, I've been 'challenging' various foods I've eliminated, to work out which were the culprits. So far I've found that I can tolerate garlic and gluten in small amounts, but that onion and honey are not at all good for my gut. It's amazing how awful eating onion makes me feel - I can't believe that I've never realised before. I love onion, but am now trying to avoid it in daily life. This is easy at home, but harder when eating out.
Next up is lactose, which I suspect is no good for me. I rarely eat dairy products anyway - hate milk and haven't touched it since I was about 6 years old - but I do try to eat natural yoghurt from time-to-time.
In addition, alcohol, particularly wine, seems to irritate my gut after a certain amount. Three glasses of white wine seems to be my limit these days, so even though the silly season is upon us, I shall be attempting to show some moderation. I failed this weekend, so must TRY HARDER next time….
Finally, here are some outfits from the end of last weekend and Friday night dinner with friends.
Friday night out for dinner. New Gary Bigeni dress. Wore flat leopards to walk to dinner, put on blue Mulberrys later:
Work outfit Friday. Gary Bigeni blouse, Nudie jeans, J Crew cardigan and APC sandals.
My weekend was super social, with dinner out on Friday (too much booze!) and a 51st birthday do on Saturday night (very moderate booze consumption). We spent Sunday at the pool and tidying the house.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend and sorry for the lengthy post!