Saturday, November 16, 2013
I keep on reading health articles and, today, I came across a diet I had never heard about, before: "The Rice Diet".
Did you know that it was developed in 1939 by Duke University (that's before I was born!) and has been successfully used to treat obesity ever since?
Check it out:
The initial phase only lets you eat about 800 calories/day, but considering that all you eat is rice and lots of fruit and vegetables, it's doable. The next phase elevates you to 1000 calories a day. I believe, as long as you eat less than 1200 calories/day, any diet would help you lose weight. Eventually, you will add 15 - 20% of protein, which will keep you satisfied a little longer. Just wondering how long you can stick with it? I would think that this type of diet would get pretty boring after a while.
(This has been send to me unsolicited by Everyday Health Women's Health)
Monday, May 27, 2013
So, Spark Coach asked me to write a blog about what my weight goals might be and why.
I look at my weight loss over the last three years, and it does not show me what I was hoping for. Sure, I have dropped some weight, only to gain it back. I am just talking about 3 or 4 pounds, but, it still is not what I was hoping for. I can find excuses: I am older than most people at SP, who are trying to lose weight. I am disciplined at home, but when I go out to eat, I probably eat more. My weight is always up the following 3 or 4 days. I am very active for a 72-year old. I play golf several times a week, walking most of the course, I swim in the summer (the pool just opened, so I will get some of my exercise minutes from there), I do a great amount of walking, and I do strength training with a trainer 2 to 3 times a week.
So, what am I doing wrong? I certainly eat a very healthy diet, lots of fruit and vegetables, but, while checking out the 'Spark Solution' book, today, I thought that, maybe, I still eat and drink (smoothies) too many calories. Strangely enough, when I started tracking my food again, recently, I found that I didn't eat enough calories, considering my active life. Might that be the culprit?
I joined a group that, for different reasons, won't start the 'Spark Solution' program until tomorrow. I will see where that is taking me.
I will report after the next two weeks to let you know how it has all played out.
Wish me LUCK!
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
This is my last Rise & Shine blog. I am happy that I posted every day, although it was not easy at times. I just wanted to see if I could have a 30-day streak, and I did.
Breakfast: needed some protein, because we had the official Golf Season Opening at our club, today. It was not as warm as expected, but I wore shorts, anyway. Once we started playing, we noticed the cold wind come down over the mountains. I was glad I had a light jacket with me. Better that than nothing at all. We were supposed to have 71* and I wonder if it ever reached 60*, plus the wind-chill factor.
Anyway, my Breakfast: 1 cup of fresh pineapple cubes. 1 Jumbo egg and a slice of European whole-grain bread with a little bit of butter (on half of it) with jam. Coffee.
My exercise has to be the round of golf. I was just too cold and tired when getting home to do anything else.
Eat healthy, keep exercising and Sparking.
Thanks for all your comments during this past month.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Last night I decided to have Swiss Muesli for breakfast, this morning. This meant that I had to soak oatmeal in milk, or yogurt. I only had almond milk, and decided that would do.
This morning, I added a banana, cuties, a t-spoon of maple syrup, to add some sweetness to it, raisins, and some roasted almonds. Dh was in a hurry because he had an early doctor's appointment, so, I totally forgot to add the berries, I usually enjoy. It was ok, though,
By 9:30 AM my trainer showed up, and pushed me pretty hard. Well, I guess that is what she is here for. I had planned an additional walk, but I just got carried away with going through my closet because MS was coming to pick up some clothes and anything else we no longer needed. It's good to get a little more room in the closet. Need to go through some more, though.
Until tomorrow, my last day of "Rise & Shine".
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Spark Coach asked us, today, to describe a quick and easy meal idea.
My most recent, quick and easy breakfast or lunch, mostly lunch, though, is a smoothie that can be mixed and blended in less than 5 minutes.
I start out with unsweetened almond milk (1 cup-30 cals.) and 1/2 cup of 1% Kefir (yogurt drink), or use 1.5 cups of the almond milk, only.
To this, I add 3 cups of organic baby kale, 1 cup of a frozen, three-berry mix, 1/2 banana, 1 tbsp. of Arbonne protein mix, and either 1 tbsp. of filtered flax oil, or 1 tsp. of organic almond butter. Blend until smooth and creamy.
It's like drinking a milk shake, but it is a healthy smoothie. Try it!
I often don't drink all of it, and keep the rest for a quick snack in the afternoon.
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