Wednesday, January 18, 2012
In my humble opinion –
There are two major things you can do to speed yourself along the road to a healthy weight and a healthy body.
Sugar is evil! Yes, it tastes good. It is also addictive. Eating sugar makes you want more sugar. Your body doesn’t need it. Do an internet search for "Is sugar bad for you?" and start reading.
I doubt that anyone has ever said to you, “I THINK YOU NEED MORE SUGAR IN YOUR DIET”, lol.
I’m not telling you to search out every gram of sugar in a can of green beans. I’m asking you to avoid SWEETS, DESSERTS. You know what they are. Don’t eat them. Also, find a substitute for every sugary drink you slurp into your body. Sodas, “health drinks”, coffees laden with syrup and sugar. LIQUID is the FASTEST way to CONSUME THE MOST CALORIES. How long would it take you to eat enough healthy food to equal what you can DRINK that is loaded with sugar? And how fast is it to drink it?
Pop some sugar free gum in your mouth when you want sweets and drink some ice water with it. Make it a new habit.
No matter what diet or way of eating you prefer – low carb, high protein, low fat, low calorie – doesn’t matter. You can always ADD non starchy veggies to it and be more successful.
I’m not saying you can’t have some green peas or a potato now and then. I’m saying just focus on ADDING NON-STARCHY VEGGIES to your diet. Really work on it. Be creative with salads. Add fresh veggies to your canned soups, rice dishes, frozen dinners, etc. Put them on a cookie sheet, spray them with olive oil and roast them. Think about it every day. WHAT CAN I ADD TO MY FOOD TODAY that increases my consumption of fresh vegetables?
I doubt anyone has ever said to you, “I THINK YOU’RE EATING TOO MANY VEGGIES”, hmmmm?
We wake up every day a read about something else that has been “discovered” to be bad for us. That doesn’t happen to veggies – unless they are sprayed with DDT!
Non-starchy veggies are wonder foods. They are good for blood sugar, blood pressure, your liver, your pancreas, every organ in your body, including your largest organ, your skin. EAT MORE of them.
I’ve been eating a large salad for dinner every night. At first I got tired of salads. Then I became more creative. I try every green leaf that is sold in the produce department! I add sweet yellow, red and orange bell peppers, crunchy carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes. Artichoke hearts. Zuchinni. Bok Choy. I use a spoon of vinegar and a spoon of olive oil for dressing. Garlic and onions. I add legumes sometimes, tiny pieces of feta or blu cheese. I try everything and now I’m addicted to this large crunchy salad every day. If I’m eating out at night, I have the salad for lunch.
More than anything else, eating all these vegetables has changed the way my body feels. These plants are making my body happy, lol. I still eat steak and ribs and chicken once or twice a week. But my focus is on the veggies.
The less I consume sugar and processed foods and the more I eat lots of veggies, the better I feel!
Try it! What can you lose?