I turned forty years old last May. For maybe the first time in my life I felt old. Up until that point I had basically eaten and drank anything I wanted without much regard for nutrition or my overall health. For some reason, turning forty was the impetus that caused me to think more seriously about my own mortality and my overall approach to day-to-day life. In retrospect, I realize now that I was the classic, stereotypical sugar and “junk-food” addict. I loved soda (particularly Coca-Cola), and if I didn’t eat some type of junk food at each meal (such as potato chips or soda) I literally felt unsatisfied.

So one day last May I finally decided that I wanted to make some changes. First, I stopped drinking soda. This was harder than I thought it would be at first. Particularly when I ate out at a restaurant. Next, I tried to choose more healthy foods instead of “junk food.” I began exercising regularly. For the most part, I have been able to stick to these changes and develop some new and better habits. In addition to making better choices about what I eat and drink, I began keeping track of my calories, macro-nutrients, and vitamin intake.

This past weekend, I bought a multi-vitamin powder at a nutrition store. I drank it (mixed with water) when I woke up on Monday morning and didn’t experience any noticeable effects. The next morning I drank it again and ate some peanut butter toast. A few minutes later, I noticed that my face and neck felt hot and irritated, so I looked in the mirror and found that I had splotchy red spots and hives on my face and neck. The hives and redness went away after a few minutes, so I didn’t think much of it. The next morning I ate and drank the same breakfast and did not experience any redness or hives. But this morning, I only drank the vitamin powder (without peanut butter toast) and my face and neck broke out in redness again. So evidently I am allergic to this multi-vitamin powder? I’m not sure exactly how to proceed. Perhaps I will go back to the nutrition store and ask them for a refund.

4 thoughts on “Slice of Life Day One!

  1. It sounds like you’ve made such positive changes! I struggle so much with this. I’ll be 39 this June so 40 is around the corner. I’ve mostly given up soda- drink seltzer but I know I should do more water. I exercise almost every day but lately my food has been awful- carbs, comfort food, sweets. Going through a challenging time my life but the truth is it is always hard for me to avoid these types of foods. The thing is I feel so much better about myself when I’m eating better and in better shape….yet I still make these choices! I had an AWFUL reaction to Shakeology so I can relate to your allergy. (Mine was a day of being totally sick- no rash- but I would never drink it again because of how I felt.)

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  2. Those are some major changes. Good for you. Growing up is hard stuff. I just turned 35 and have had similar thoughts. Whatever you do, don’t take the vitamins again. That’s scary stuff. Feel better!

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  3. I turned 40 this year as well and I can relate to these new challenges. I have also decided to make some changes and this Slice of Life Challenge is one of them. Thanks for sharing your journey!

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