• christie, honoring health

    posted on September 17, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Great post, Amy!

    I have also had to do a lot of work to find my balance with food. I struggled for years with binge eating disorder and had to do a lot of emotional work before I was ready to actually honor my body with the right food for it. Now, that I am in that place where honoring my health is important, I can really tune in and listen. Without the gluten in my diet, I feel that my body speaks loud and clear and I can actually hear it now. Before, there was too much emotional clutter and the gluten just made that worse.

    Good for you for continuing to honor your body with the right foods for you.


    Amy Reply:

    I had the exact same experience of not being able to really hear what was going on when I was eating wheat and sugar. It was a real struggle to get out of the emotional and physical mess I was in but I can honestly say I’d never change one thing – I learned so much and it’s helped me to become who I am.


  • Amy @ Finer Things

    posted on September 17, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Had to click through my google reader to say… I’m so excited that you changed to the full feed option! :)


    Amy Reply:

    I have been trying to do that for so long and couldn’t figure out how…Joy at FiveJ’s helped me with that (of course!!). Glad that it’s working better for you!


  • Sandy Gillett

    posted on September 17, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    I am very blessed by your insight and wisdom. I have followed this series and I am amazed at your sensitivity to the nutritional needs of your physical body and the relationship to emotions and the effect emotions have on eating. I am very touched by your sense of gratitude and your kindness. I am going to go back and read the entire series again. Thank you for sharing from your heart.


    Amy Reply:

    You have really brought so much joy to my life. I always enjoy your comments and honest feedback, regardless of what you have to say. It’s funny how these ‘virtual’ connections are so real and meaningful. Thanks for stopping by today.


  • Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen

    posted on September 18, 2009 at 10:59 am

    This was a great series Amy! It made me think a lot about my own issues with food. Lately (mostly over the summer) I have really been listening to what my body needs and wants from me to do its best job for me. I think I am getting there. But like you said, diets are an ever-changing thing, and that is the most difficult part. But if we keep listening to our bodies, we will get there! :)


    Amy Reply:

    I think what made the series great is all of the people – like you – willing to share. I felt a sense of community which was very supportive. The ever-changing diet is just part of life – I had to remind myself that once again this morning because, at least for today, my body just needs something different.


  • Tiffany S.

    posted on September 18, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Wonderful post in a wonderful series, Amy.

    I loved “Notice that I don’t decide I am a failure, I don’t quit just because of one day or one week. I noticed and accepted that I was off course, did the best I could in the circumstance, and then got back on track.”

    I really think this point is one of the keystones of long-term weight maintenance. When you realize that beating yourself up is not a move in the right direction there is more peace within. When I wasn’t at peace, I felt the urge to eat.

    I have to give up control on those days when everything doesn’t go right and that’s hard for me. I know now that it leads to better choices going forward if I learn to forgive myself, the situation, the person who got in my way, etc.

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I can relate to so much!


    Amy Reply:

    I think that not beating myself up is key but it still doesn’t come first. I have to practice this every single day.

    Yes – unrest for me used to equal a need to eat. Not so much anymore, but I’ve been doing this for 6 years. Sometimes, though, I still find myself nosing around the kitchen, not hungry at all, but just restless or upset.

    Which is where the awareness and practice comes in.


  • gfe--gluten free easily

    posted on September 18, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    So much good stuff in this post, Amy, as in the other posts in this series. I’ve found I actually feel better when I eat the three meals a day and almost no snacks, but I usually have to transition to get to that point. I’m not there right now (more on that in a moment), and that’s not true if I’m on travel, etc. Part of that is a bit of fear–particularly in airports–that I won’t be able to find something safe to eat that will sustain me. The few times I haven’t been able to find safe food in those situations have been very tough. Sometimes nuts and fruit are just not enough. So, when I’m in travel mode, I tend to eat more often … just to prevent a body meltdown from when I can’t.

    I totally agree with Christie and you about being able to hear your body once you give up the foods you are intolerant to. When you are eating them, you are in such a state of unwellness and your body is screaming on so many levels, you can’t figure out what is what. And, of course, once they are gone and you heal, you think, Wow, I never knew it was possible to feel this good! People who are not gluten free don’t believe me when I say I don’t get colds or other illnesses UNLESS it’s food related, but it’s so true. (I even just figured out the cause of my illness last week. Not a virus.) But, you can hear your body for sure. I guess it’s like finally having a fine-tuned piano compared to the old one that you’d become accustomed to. Even Chopsticks (ha ha, unintentional pun there) sounds heavenly.

    As much as I love baked goods, I think the jury is still out on how much we need grains. When I return to my dairy free and sugar free (in addition to gluten free) way of eating, I usually give up grains for the most part, too. That’s just because I find it much easier to eat dairy free and sugar free if I do (of course, recently I’ve discovered many ways to eat dairy free and sugar free and not give up baked goods–e.g., here at your site!), and there are many grains that just don’t seem to agree with me, even though they are gluten free. All that tells me we are really hunters/gatherers and grains should be an occasional thing, but we’ll see where I go with that. Well, we’ll see after I re-commit to dairy free and sugar free … that’s been a long battle for me. The more of a battle it is, the more that tells me I need to do it though.

    Last, I think no matter what we are eating, our attitude towards it, makes a difference in how that food blesses our body. Sounds bizarre in a way, but it’s not any different from believing in blessing our food before we eating … being grateful for it. Even if it’s a simple piece of chicken, a plain sweet potato, and basic steamed green beans, we should look at it all as a delightful feast. However, don’t get me wrong … I think you can bless a processed microwave meal full of ingredients you have no clue on and can’t pronounce all day long and it will not be blessing your body. But, simple, seemingly utilitarian meals can often be just fine. What’s really funny is that when I eat right and the cravings go away, I feel like I have so much free time on my hands … to read, blog, web surf, etc. because I’m not obsessed with food anymore. LOL It’s true … we never realize how much are minds are being taken over by food until we find the right balance and peace with food.



  • Lauren

    posted on September 18, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Wonderful way to sum up the series =D. I get the feeling of changing weights, not liking the numbers, but its the outlook that counts. My grandmas weight was the same her entire adult life, which is always so odd to me. Bodies change, numbers change, and thats a good thing.

    Thanks for the honesty in your series. Its so nice how open you’ve been about everything!


  • Jazmine

    posted on August 23, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Hi Mrs. Amy! I commented a few months ago, and I have been reading your blogs ever since:)
    I’ve only been able to make two or three recipes, but it just makes me so happy every tuesday or just when you post a new recipe. lol
    I had gained a bunch of weight right before going gluten free and sugar free, and I haven’t really been able to get it off. I was wondering how long it took you to lose some weight, and if maybe you were doing anything special. I start at a new school in a few weeks and I really want to be able to wear all my cute clothes! lol


  • Bridget Shinn

    posted on February 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Can you point me in the direction of you daily menus? Can’t seem to find it! Thanks!


    Amy Reply:

    @Bridget Shinn, I don’t post a daily menu, Bridget.



  • Geri

    posted on April 26, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Hi Amy, I was hoping for the same thing as Bridget – just a sample day of what you might eat. I’ve been gluten and nearly sugar free for 2 months with NO weight loss although I’m older than you. Also was curious as to how much exercise you do. I’ve read through some of the articles but didn’t find any info on exercise yet.


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