3 Important Weight Loss Tips

So for the last month and a half I have been off the wagon a bit.  Although we had lots of birthdays and events in my family this is no excuse to slack off when you have as much weight … Continue reading

The 7 Foods I Eat Every Day and I’m Smaller For It

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kişisel resim Ελληνικά: κηρήθρα (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

There is no real fast fix for major weight loss. That’s just the way it is. It took me 25 years to put so much fat on my body I could hardly walk.  The truth is that it will take time, probably a couple years for me to lose all of my excess weight.  I’m fine with that because even though it is small amounts, waking up every day a little smaller than I was before is such an incredible feeling and I know I will be able to keep it off due to the slow rate.  Although I have fought and clawed for every single pound of weight loss I have achieved, I have noticed some foods (in addition to avoiding processed foods) that are showing up regularly in my diet  I’m pretty sure they are helping.

 

1. HONEY

 

Raw, local, regular, whatever, any kind of honey I buy seems to be helping. I barely measure it too.  I measure the honey I put in my tea, but the honey on my sweet potato for instance, I just pour until it looks right to me 🙂 Check out this site for more info on the amazing benefits of honey and even how they claim you can lose weight in your sleep by eating honey at night! I hope it’s true!

2. GOAT CHEESE

I LOVE goat cheese and yogurt.  I could have never dreamed that finding out I was allergic to casein would be such good news for me. An excuse to eat ONLY goat cheese! No problem! I use crumbled, soft chevre, goat cheddar and goat mozzarella.  So do my husband and kids. Turns out it’s actually good for you too.  Check this article for more info on the health benefits of goat cheeses.

3. RAW SPINACH

I buy Organic Girl Baby Spinach in bulk at BJ’s. and we use two giant containers of it a week.  It is used for salads, smoothies and cooking. Spinach is one of the most vitamin and nutrient-rich foods you can eat, look at this article! Happy dance!!!

4. AGED BALSAMIC VINEGAR

When I started eliminating processed foods from our diet, I found out that even salad dressings had tons of processed and chemical ingredients. I was the kind of girl that couldn’t eat a vegetable unless it was drowned in ranch dressing!  This made salads a very boring and sad food choice for me.  Until I discovered the joy of a good organic aged balsamic vinegar and equally quality olive oil!  I make my own balsamic dressing that is just 50/50 vinegar and olive oil each week and put it into a squirt bottle and keep it on hand for salads and marinades all week. I love the stuff! Check out this article about olive oil benefits and this one on balsamic vinegar.

5. ONIONS

I buy tons of onions. Whatever is on sale for $1.99/bag comes home with me. We eat them every single day. I put them in so much.  Turns out they are great for you too! Not only are they good for you, but they make almost every food taste better.  Okay, I wouldn’t add them to dessert or a smoothie!

6. FRUIT

I have heard lots of people say eat fruit, but be careful not to eat too much.  Hoopla I say! I eat at least 3 servings of fruit a day in addition to vegetables.  They are an absolute staple in my home and without them I’d have very unhappy kids!  Here’s a great article from Harvard on the subject.

7. WATER

No brainer on this one.  Check out this Web MD article on why it’s so good for you.

 

I have lost 32 lbs since December 5, 2012.  I’m happier and healthier.

 

 

 

 

A Good Look In The Mirror

It’s no secret that eating too much food, especially the wrong kinds of  foods (the ones I’m speaking of actually are not food) and a sedentary lifestyle can get you a gargantuan body.  Another huge factor in weight gain, one that isn’t talked about much and really does the most damage is denial.  This past week I realized I am an expert at it.

I started getting chubby when I was 7.  I became extremely self-conscious and began to dress in ways that covered up every nook and cranny of my body.  I was 120 lbs in 5th grade.  Although I was a bit larger than the other kids, my parents had raised me well enough to know I was a complex person and that there are many ways people are beautiful.  I knew my hair was nice, I was pleasant-looking  enough and had a good personality.  These things were on my mind most of the time when I thought about myself, even until recently.

However, underneath it all I was keeping a secret from myself.  I just found out about it recently. I had never really assessed myself physically.  I had never allowed myself to notice just how big I was.  I never let myself look lower than my neck in the bathroom mirror.  I was downright angry when people took pictures of my whole body and even would be quite blunt about them not doing it in the first place.  I was lying to myself and I wasn’t going to have anyone mess that up with an unflattering picture. I was so deep in the lie that every time I had begun to lose weight, I would stop around my 10% mark and think “okay great, you obviously look great now, you can go ahead and take it easy on eating right”. What a LIE!

Last week I reached my 10%.  I still felt really fat.  I looked at my body in the mirror.  Really looked at it in the mirror.  All the way around and seeing it for what it is.  Not what I wish it was.  Not focusing on the things I like about it.  Just seeing it. I was surprised to notice that I am still really big.  I shared with my husband how upset I was about what I saw.  I’m blessed to have a husband that truly loves me the way that I am and he offered words of encouragement that kept me from breaking down completely.  But the sad truth is, I’m VERY overweight and I need to keep going.

I have lived the last 25 years only trying to look at the good things about myself and pushing the truth about my body away.  This is not a pity party.  This is me knowing I need to go all the way.  I will not be satisfied until I am a normal and healthy weight.  Sometimes it’s so hard to really look at yourself and see the truth.  I am happy for the awakening and am sure this is my last time ever trying to lose this weight.  I’m just so done with being big.

 

Higher calories on Paleo Diet=Significant weight loss this week!

I have seen a few articles and videos lately about how calorie counting is inaccurate and if you are on the Paleo Diet, it’s not even necessary .  Although my interest was slightly peaked at this news, I just knew … Continue reading

Secret to my weight loss success, berry smoothie

A couple of days ago I posted about not losing any weight in the last three weeks. My weight loss had stalled out completely. Thankfully, I had been tracking my food in the My Net Diary app on my phone and … Continue reading

Food Journaling saves the day!

This is me in April 2011.  I am my biggest here.  I can't even say the number out loud, it's so high.

This is me in April 2011. I am my biggest here. I can’t even say the number out loud, it’s so high.

This was taken Feb 16, 2013.  at least 30 lbs lighter than the first pic.

Feb 16, 2013, nearly 30 lbs lighter than I was in the first pic.

I’m going on 3 months of changing over to a more healthy lifestyle.  The shock has worn off and I love living this way.  I feel better every single day.  However, I haven’t lost weight in at least two weeks.  I keep fluctuating up and down about the same 6 lbs.  This is with a whole foods mostly PALEO diet and regular vigorous exercise and light weight training.  The weight started coming off quickly in the first two months, now I seem to be at a dead stand still. I’m ready to pull my hair out!!!

Now the question is, how do I jump-start my weight loss again? Thank God I kept a food journal on my “My Net Diary” app on my phone because now I can go back in and see what I was doing to lose the first large amount of weight and do that exact thing again.  Sometimes I will eat the same meals for two or three weeks, then I’ll find some new recipe or two or three of them and then my diet shifts again.  Something I am eating now, or maybe not eating is keeping me from losing.  I just know it!

So today, I will do my exercise, and I will fully evaluate my food behaviors to get this party started again.  I do have to give myself some props here.  Number 1 for tracking my food, I feel relieved to know I can go back in and see what worked for me.  Number 2 that I didn’t just give up at this point and go back to my old ways! Finally Number 3 because my mind is really changed! I will never go back to an unhealthy lifestyle and I am so happy to say that, once and for all!

Simple, Fun and Healthy Recipes!

Since I started eating cleaner which has been a couple months now I have tried a lot of recipes.  Today I will discuss 3 of them.  Two I threw together and one I got from another website.  All three of … Continue reading

Simplifying your food does more than just get rid of the junk in your trunk.

I have been overweight since I was 7 years old.  I have tried everything including fad diets, restricted calorie diets, starving myself and weight loss drugs.  Nothing has worked long-term.   Now I know why! I was hearing all over the radio, TV, magazines and even from people I knew (including Doctors) that really you can have a little bit of everything, you just have to eat in moderation.  That’s like telling  a crack head they can still smoke crack and be healthy and happy it’ll just be less crack than they were using before.   That LIE has prevented me my entire life from getting rid of my extra pounds.   Having full access (and even the Doctor’s permission) to eat any (processed) food you desire is a living hell for someone with a food addiction if you really think about it.  No one needs rich desserts, fried foods, starches at every meal and flavored drinks, NO ONE.  Now that I know this I am able to eat right day in and day out.  I know the truth and it has indeed set me free!  I’m happy, nourished and in complete control of what goes into my body.  Simply by not accepting the lie that I “should” be allowed to eat anything I want has freed me from fat jail.  Now I know, yes you can eat, you can eat foods that are good for you, clean and meant for human consumption.  Now my diet is uncomplicated and my resolve stronger than ever because I know this is how I was meant to eat and the results I get everyday prove me right.

My dietary lifestyle has led me to a few realizations of why beginning with your body is so important.  Of course there are the obvious changes to your health, appearance and mood, but you might be surprised how much your food is linked to nearly every aspect of your life.

THEY EAT WHAT I EAT 

In my house everyone eats what I eat.  I have a husband and two sons age 5 and 12.  One child eats too much and one doesn’t eat enough so the whole foods that I feed them help keep both of them healthy and at normal weights.  I do allow extra foods for the children like whole wheat breads and sometimes UNREAL unjunked candy.  This helps make cooking and shopping less complicated.  Something I require in order to be sane.

EATING OUT IS MORE WORK THAN YOU THINK 

In order to go out to eat, even just fast food, you have to prepare.  You need to have clothes on, shoes on, money to spend for both the food and the gas, order everyone’s food, wait for the food, drive back home and then finally eat it.  Even then you still may not be done, because if you track your spending, you may have to then go record your purchase.  This whole process takes 30 mins at minimum, but usually a lot longer.  On the other hand, if you went to the grocery store as needed, which is usually already in the budget and schedule for most families, a healthy, nutritious and more satisfying dinner would be on the table in that time or in most cases, less. Saving you money, time and your girlish figure. I’m the kind of person that does not like to leave my house unless I HAVE to.  I will avoid eating out any way that I can, because it’s more work than just making dinner (I do have a dishwasher, so I’m spoiled.).  I’d rather shop once or twice a week and be able to eat anytime I’m hungry in my pajamas at home.

GROCERY SHOPPING 

When you eat a whole foods diet, you have to make sure to go grocery shopping when you run low on foods.  The last thing you want to do after all the hard work of cleansing your body of processed foods is run out of good things and eat garbage again (take out and fast food).  Trust me, you’ll be in the bathroom. It’s a bad idea.  Grocery shopping a couple of times a week is not difficult when you are sticking to the produce, meat and seafood sections with maybe one or two grain items sprinkled in here and there.  You’ll be amazed at how much less ingredients you need to create your meals and how much money it saves! The cleanup is easier too when you are preparing your food, because it’s mostly vegetable scraps.

BUDGET FRIENDLY

I don’t know about you, but I HATE to track my spending.  Which is another reason I don’t like to leave the house unless I have to.  Chances are if you are leaving home, there will be money spent.  Heck just driving the car costs money. So eating this way saves you the work of tracking extra spending.  You might find you end up with more money in your pocket than you did before, I know we have.

FOOD JOURNALING 

This one is funny because  you would think writing down your food all day everyday would be hard work and a “complicated” way to lose weight.  Quite the contrary, it will free you from wondering if you have room in your diet to eat extra food at a meal, or even to have a little snack after dinner.  It helps you understand the most effective foods for your health.  When you narrow it down to what works for you, again I have to say, it does make life easier.

Working From The Inside Out

I wanted a clean, simple life.  I knew that had to start with my body…

Two years ago we stopped eating fast food.  I know I know, I’ve heard the attempts from family and friends at encouragement sopping with veiled doubt and condescension.  I am a very strong-willed person though and when I decide I’m going to do something, by golly I do it (with my sweet husband and children in tow).  At about the same time, I was looking into bariatric surgery and was even doing my 6 month Dr supervised diet with food counseling (seeing a therapist about why and what I’m eating once a month). I was sure that bariatric surgery would be the only option for me and had resigned myself to it.  By the end of that 6 months something happened, something snapped inside me and I realized that what they were telling me was lies.

Here’s the rundown of what I had to do for the 6 months.  I went to a “nutritionist seminar” at their facility to find out what my diet would consist of.  When they said it would be a very low-carb diet with restricted vegetables and basically no fruit I didn’t bat an eye.  When they told me I wouldn’t feel very good and I would lose an enormous amount of hair I didn’t even give it a thought (except, gee that sucks).  And so, the new diet began and I was pumped!  During that time I did lose 30 lbs.  I did it by eating hardly any calories and drinking coffee all day to curb my hunger.  Once in a while I would slip up but I mostly stayed the course and of course began to lose hair, lots of it.  I continued to lose hair into the next year even after coming off the diet.

At the end of the 6 month Dr supervised diet, I had my AHA moment.  I was in the counselors office and she was congratulating me on what little weight loss I did achieve (30 lbs wasn’t very good for my weight) when she told me that after the surgery I would need to continue this diet.  At that moment a light went on!  I could not believe my ears!  You mean to tell me that I still have to eat this OBVIOUSLY deficient and unsatisfying diet the rest of my life! I was appalled to say the least and after I politely left my session, the wheels began to turn.

It occurred to me that if I always had to eat this way then what in the hell was the surgery for!?  If I have to suffer, I’m certainly not going to do it with my insides looking like Frankenstein!  I was lost, confused and had no clue what I should do.  I knew I should keep saying no to the fast food and that I was not going to have surgery.

A year later (six weeks ago) I finally went to the Dr and had an advanced lipid panel (blood work) and a food allergy test done on myself.  The Dr suggested I get educated about the Paleo lifestyle and so over the next week or so, I did some research.  It didn’t look super exciting to me, but heck if it would keep me alive, I was down.  I had my mind-set on what I wanted to achieve and I went and filled my pantry and refrigerator with all the correct foods.  I am no fancy chef but I can hold my own in the kitchen and so eating unprocessed foods wouldn’t be too hard for me.  Once I got my food allergy results back I started really losing by eating foods that worked for me.

I was looking up articles on the web, reading books and watching documentaries like a mad woman! I was following Paleo perfectly and then one day I woke up sick.  Apparently when you go cold turkey on bad carbs you can get carb-flu.  Well I had it.  The only solution after this happening every other day for a week was to add in one “bad” carb a day.  For me it’s usually a cup of brown rice with dinner or sweet potato or organic granola.  On Friday nights I make gluten-free pizzas with goat cheeses on top instead of cow’s milk cheese and it’s a real treat and I eat a half of a pizza and it’s wonderful!  I even weighed less after my weekends then I do when I start them, which is unheard of for me when I’m on a diet.  usually I go buck ass wild on the weekends because I am just dying to eat!  This is something I do for me and it works.  You would have to find out what works best for your body.  Give yourself a few weeks to iron it out.  For me, a reasonable, well-balanced and clean diet was and is the answer.

I am now free of fast foods (all of them), processed foods, eggs (once in a while I have one but it’s rare)  soy, peanut, dairy, sugar and artificial sweeteners and gluten-free and I feel wonderful! You know what else,  my life is easier, when I’m hungry my only options are whole foods, which in a lot of cases require no cooking! We eat lots of almonds, dates, fruits and vegetables all day long.  I even add vegetables to my smoothies because why not!?

The truth is your body needs fruits, vegetables and protein and some people need grains. I can’t believe I let a Dr tell me to eat such an unhealthy diet when I first began to change.  It’s crazy that I didn’t even question it or look into it, I feel pretty silly now.

Any diet that you will lose hair from is not a good balanced and healthy diet.  Any diet that requires that you remove good wholesome foods from your everyday eating is not good for you.  Any diet that allows you to eat processed foods is not going to work out well for your health in the long run.  Uncomplicate your life starting with your food.  Reduce the ingredients in what you prepare (unless it’s other fruits and vegetables or herbs and spices) and simplify it.

Stick to whole (preferably organic) foods, drinking water only and a bit of exercise, but don’t over complicate it.  It’s very simple, get nutrition and get moving!  I walk 30 mins almost everyday, not at a crazy fast speed, and I do it with my family and we just enjoy our time together with no distractions and enjoy the fresh air.

I have lost 20 lbs in 5 weeks and have not starved or been deprived.  I have had wine, pizza, some desserts and lots and lots of nutrition. I feel wonderful and have more hair than ever before LOL!

Any diet that you will cause you to lose hair or become nutritionally deficient from is not a good balanced and healthy diet.  Any diet that requires that you remove good whole foods from your everyday eating is not good for you.  Any diet that allows you to eat processed foods is not going to work out well for your health in the long run.  You don’t need to be a Dr or a scientist to know that eating high calorie, high fat meats and cheeses day in and day out will probably give you some sort of heart issue as well as a myriad of other health problems. Eat what your own common sense tells you is good and healthy. Uncomplicate your life starting with your food.  Reduce the ingredients in what you prepare (unless it’s other fruits and vegetables or herbs and spices) and simplify it.

Simplifying what goes into our bodies has been a great start to a less complicated lifestyle. I have already seen the effects in other aspects of my life that I wanted to improve.