We will be celebrating the launch of Aunyx Marie's new cook book "The Cheater's Diet". This book is about her personal journey to a 70 lb weight loss success where she overcame her food addiction to rediscovered her passion for culinary arts. She shares recipes that freed her from being a victim of physical, sexual, mental, and verbal abuse while learning to prepare delectable mouthwatering dishes that taste like you are cheating on your diet.
The event is from 3pm-6pm this Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the Style Mobb Studio located at 3435 Roosevelt Highway, Suite B2, in Atlanta. $20 VIP tickets includes the book and entry to a free tasting. ticket sales through eventbrite ends today. So come by and grab your copy of her new book and then stop by our vendor table to sign up for our email list for your chance to win a free Cordless Jump Rope.
Update... here’s a few pictures from the event. It was a huge success! It was catered by Ms Aunyx herself. Our favorite dish was the cauliflower macaroni. Big thanks to Michelle Morris who walked away with a free cordless jump rope just by stopping through our both and subscribing to our email list!
After receiving the results from the blood tests my doctor ordered, there were three critical deficiencies that I had no idea I had incurred. All I know is that it became increasingly easy for me to gain weight. I realized that no matter how hard I was exercising, my body was fatigued, I was sleepy all the time. My bones started popping whenever I got up, walked, or exercised. My eyes became increasingly sensitive to light. Driving at night became scary, and during the day I would find myself squinting to adjust to the light around me. I'm like... WTF!?!?! I'm breaking down... I'm dying!!!
When I told my doctor these symptoms she brushed it off and said it was nothing. As a matter of fact she told me that she just read a report that stated popping joints were due to extra air between the joints. (I'm gonna fire her as soon as I find a tip top replacement). The next day the nurse's assistant called me with the report, she warned me of the Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, and Iron deficiency that was upon me. She stressed that my Vitamin D levels were a 6, when the normal should be 40. My levels were so low they had to prescribe me Vitamin D. Then she suggested an over-the-counter supplement to get my iron and Vitamin B12 levels up.
As soon as I got out of there I started researching the signs and symptoms of each of these deficiencies. So amazing how I found a research study that linked Vitamin D deficiencies with light sensitivity by taking it to google.
So how did I get here? How long had I been here? I don't know. I've had blood tests, but this is the first time anything was said. So now I have questions for my doctor. And I'm taking copies of the report so she can educate herself. I expect the persons who care for me to really care for me. But until then, the only person who can make sure I get the best care and the best education is myself. Soooo... let's work on this plan to get my levels up!
So I'm on this weight loss journey too. I have to say one thing. Never in my life have I been more clearer of the role that nutrition plays than now. 4 years ago I lost weight and it was easy. Now my body is different. Age changes things.
I figured if I ate plenty of salads the weight would drop off. If I stayed away from meat, then I would be healthier... And I could not have been more wrong. Let me tell you what happened.
So I started back throwing in my intense cardio interval routines, about 4 times a week. My body eventually felt like it was falling apart. My energy was low. I was always tired. I was tired before, during, and after my workout. I lost ABSOLUTELY NO WEIGHT! I would wake up with anxiety in the middle of the night thinking I needed to call an ambulance due to a heart attack or something. I would feel shooting pains in my arms. OMG I thought my body was about to clunk out on me. And I thought was doing everything right. But I wasn't. It was totally my diet. I never fully understood nutrition. And it was slowly dragging me down.
I don't know what led me to do a search on protein deficiency but I did. And the site I fell on describes ALL of the symptoms I was having was due to not eating enough protein. So immediately I started looking for ways to turn it around. I love me some of me and I'd like to be sure I treat my body right. The first thing I found was whey protein. It's a by product of yogurt but doesn't contain much lactose. It was an easy change. I drink it in my smoothies. I've actually reduced the amount of fruit I put in there to half since it gets me full quicker. I am definitely a work in progress and the results I'm getting are absolutely amazing... I'm so awed at what proper nutrition will do for you.
So I just had a meeting with the primary care physician. I haven't been to see a primary doctor in a few years. I just hate to find out bad news. But I thought this doctor, just like the GYN would be harsh. It's so funny I told her about my battle with my weight. So the nurse weighed me before I saw her. The scale said I gained 2 pounds. I'm like what the hell is wrong with your scale? She was like it was calibrated last week. I'm like this is beyond me. 4 years ago I lost 29 pounds. It was like the weight fell off. But now this weight is stubborn on my 5'2 frame. I've been literally trying to work my ass off in the gym lately. But I'm not losing like I should.
So back to my doctor. She came in and was like, you may be eating more than you think. I wanted to roll my eyes at her and suck my teeth. But I realize I don't know everything and that's why God gave us doctors who are not aware of our thoughts and can give good guidance. So at this point, my wheels have come to a halt. I'm all ears.
She recommended I started counting calories. She suggested a calorie intake of 1200-1400 calories. I'm like are you effin kidding me. You're trying to kill me!! But as I left the office for the day I started to think about how my body had been feeling depleted of energy lately since I amped up my workouts.
So today I used my off day to go check out this new Whey Protein supplement at GNC. Once I got home I dug into research about complete essential amino acids and why whey protein was an excellent source. They help build muscles and help repairing the muscles you rip up while training. And this research led me to an article that suggested daily protein intake of .36 grams of protein per pound. So my recommended grams was about 85. I'm like Whoah!!! All these salads were not doing anything for the type of training my body endures. So for the first time in my life I'm making adjustments to my diet based on thorough research.
So this is a new and different journey for me. A new awareness of myself and what energizes me. Let's go!!!
I needed to jumpstart my weight loss with something back in November. I had been hearing about this detox system through Dherbs. It's an all natural herbal detox program that lasted 20 days. While on the program, they recommend eating only raw, uncooked, and unprocessed foods. It came with a guide and a few tips to keep you going.
So I set out on the journey. Actually I enjoyed the journey in some weird kinda flush-all-my-guts kick kinda journey. Like, I swear, that cafeteria pizza from the fifth grade finally exited my system. I didn't feel any cramping except that day I forgot to eat lunch. But after that day I made sure I had something to eat.
Now as much as I want to say I adhered to the raw food diet, I can't. I ate lots of salads and cooked veggies but the way schedule is set up...I found myself eating protein products and a few processed meals from fast food joints.
I did not exercise during this time because I needed to give my body time to heal in the process. Plus I had a few personal issues going on so I could only take on so many changes.
At the end I did manage to lose 10 whole pounds. I really felt clean on the inside. I would definitely do this cleanse again but this time I'll be equipped with more recipes. I may even do the 10 day cleanse instead of 20.
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