[Note from Jane: This is the latest in a series by Duffy, who went whole food, plant-based late in 2013 with the goal of losing over 200+ pounds. To see previous posts, click Duffy Chronicles.]
Dear Duffy Readers,
As we have just surpassed the midpoint of 2016, I am reminded that its time for an update on my Word of Wisdom journey. Here are a few things of note:
- I graduated! I earned by Ed.D. in Leading and Learning with an emphasis in Neuroeducation in May 2016 from the University of Portland so I’m now “Dr. Duffy.”
- I have continued to participate in the Lifestyle Transformation food addiction recovery program and found that there is great benefit in addressing how I have learned to protect myself and how I mismanage my emotions by turning to food.
- I reached about 94 pounds lost before I took a page from my friend Jessica’s blog and “threw away the scale.” Actually, I recognized that the number on the scale was partially driving an unhealthy relationship with food so I asked a friend to keep it at her home for 3 months this summer while I attend to how my body feels when I eat certain foods.
- I’ve recently found that processed foods and fast food do not satisfy—emotionally or physically—and frequently contain a chemical-laden, oily and unpleasant taste. I consider this to be a blessing of the Word of Wisdom as my tastes are changing toward a preference for whole, natural foods.
- As I’m growing my first-ever garden in a raised bed in a community garden plot, I just love the fact that the Lord blessed the fruit of plants both above ground and in the ground to be good for our food! (see D&C 89:16)
- I recently read a quote which said that “Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for what you ate.” I’ve been enjoying semi-regular exercise for the past couple of months and have witnessed a shift in my mindset to appreciate what my body can do, surely a blessing of the Word of Wisdom (see D&C 89:20).
Thank you for sharing in my journey! Next update: end of 2016.
Love & Blessings,