Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Before and After

Around 9:00pm, I was done. All my energy had been spent. With sheer mental strength, I would get myself ready for bed.... At 7:00am the next morning, my alarm clock went off. I hit snooze button. I hit it again five minutes later, then again and again. I drag myself out of bed, took hot shower, then grabbed my first cup of coffee. Finally, I was ready to start my working day with foggy brain.

My life looked something like this before I changed the way I eat. I think most people out there have more energy than me to begin with. I have some medical issues (I may talk about it in my later posts) that still cause me to have a lower energy level when I compare myself to others. But haven't you ever asked yourself "Gee, I used to be able to get away with less sleep...", "I should be able to do more...","Why do I feel so tired....?", "Is that what getting older feels like...?", "How am I going to be able to achieve my dreams...?", etc.

I didn't know what to do. I told myself, "Well, given the medical issues I had in the past and I still deal with, maybe that's how it is going to be for me." I'm still in my early 30's. It was kinda depressing to imagine that my life would look like this and probably worse as you get older. Fortunately, I have several friends who recommended me to start seeing a naturopathic doctor, actually a particular one. I put off that idea for a long time. Because I've seen my friends having to avoid particular food items for certain amount of time. No way! I can't live without cheese! Oh no, don't even mention about eggs! How am I supposed to cook without meat?

Desperation > Procrastination = Point of action.

That's the only reason I picked up the phone to make an appointment with the doctor. (Yes, I made sure to wait till it was after Thanksgiving and Christmas.) The earliest she could see me was three months from then. I was disappointed and glad. I'll talk about the specific from my appointments with my doctor, but this is my life looks like now.

A little after 10:00pm, I start to wine down my activities. I feel like I can stay up all night, but I tell myself that's probably not a good idea. I try to be in bed by 11:00pm. My alarm clock is set for 5:30am the next morning. I wake up and look at my alarm clock, oh it's still 5:00am... Hmmm...., I'm wide awake and feel fully refreshed. Well, I may as well get up and spend a little extra time working towards my dreams. My brain feels as clear as when I was in college without a cup of coffee.

Of course I have my ups and downs, don't get me wrong. But do you see the amazing difference? I don't want to sound like a cheesy sales person here, but I'm not getting paid to write this blog. (Although, it would be quite nice.) I'm just happy and excited about my own transformation. So I decided to create this blog hoping, somewhere, someone may benefit from what I'm learning. I'm not an expert. There is actually an overwhelming amount of information from experts and professionals available out there. Some conflict with others, unfortunately.. I can only speak from my experience and my effort to keep eating healthy.

I'm going to indulge myself with a few more posts introducing myself and the concept of my blog. I believe it's important for my readers know where I come from and where I stand. If you decide this blog is something that is worth your time, please "follow" me. I'm a human being, I need some encouragement and feedback to keep going. In my future posts, I'm planning on publishing easy recipes, reviews on health food products, options when you are eating out, good deals I find for healthy grocery items, interesting facts about food, small changes you can make if you are not ready for big one, etc. These are just some sample ideas, I'm sure there will be more interesting topics as I keep learning more.

Thank you for your time. I hope reading this blog will be a small step toward becoming healthier you!


  1. Hi Tomomi! Your other half told me about your blog this morning and I had to come see for myself. I can't wait to read it! I'm glad that you are doing well with your new diet. Since my natropath tested me and saw that I had problems with dairy, I've also been feeling much better when I stay away from it, so I can totally relate!

    I don't have any issues digesting meat, but my mom was telling me I shouldn't be eating so much soy since we have a history of breast cancer in our family, so I'm a little leery of it. I plan to take notes from your blog and try some of your foods!
    -Chelsea Tang

  2. Thanks, Chelsea! I don't have any issues digesting meat either, it's more for the long run. But I'm seeing immediate result in how I feel.