Saturday, January 12, 2013
It seems that there is a nutritionist who has a theory that an individual's body processes and digests foods differently, so for example even if you eat a so-called healthy food like broccoli (or insert other healthy food here), your body's chemical reaction to it may cause you to not only NOT LOSE weight, but you may actually GAIN.
I was half listening to the Dr. Oz show the other day (which I don't watch much, I just happened to have it on waiting for the news that was coming on next) when I overheard this nutritionist talking, but I was soon paying attention. I'm not sure if this lady knows what she is talking about, but I figure it's worth checking it out. I forget her name but she wrote a book called The Plan, which is all about the chemical reaction each individual's body has to foods. I think the trick is to find out which foods your body has a bad chemical reaction to, and it may even be a 'healthy food.' It may be other things it affects besides weight, such as hormone levels, insomnia, heart conditions, etc., or just how bad or good we feel each day.
Changing gears here, I just want to say that I don't really make New Year's resolutions. I usually just set myself up for failure when I do that, and it makes me feel terrible when I don't follow through. Still, someone snapped a pic of me and hubby the other day at a family get-together, and when I looked at it, I could not believe how big I am! Geez, what a reality check.
Since then I have not been on a strict diet, but I have cut down tremendously. Potato chips is a weakness and I haven't had any in three or four days! That isn't to say I won't -- I may eat a few here or there, but I think the mindless munching of junk is in the past! I could just sit and eat chips forever, without even really wanting them. I have to admit, they don't even taste that good and the salt is just way over the top. I really haven't missed them much! When I feel the urge for chips, I usually go peel an apple and have a few slices. The crunch factor is there, and I believe that is one reason I'm so chip-addicted anyway.
Another thing I've been doing is eating a sandwich with only one slice of bread. It's harder to do it that way, but a good way to taste more of the actual sandwich than just all bread. Also, when I feel that ol' sweet tooth coming on, I pop in a (leftover from Christmas) hard candy and suck on it. It lasts a few minutes and by then my chocolate craving is over! If that doesn't work, then 2 or 3 M&M's does the trick without going overboard.
I guess my point is that I'm not going to be successful if I starve myself and don't have any treats at all, so I'm trying to just cut corners. Hoping small changes will equal big results!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Here it is a week before Christmas, and I have already overdone the holiday eating! We went to a Christmas dinner at church; it was catered but everyone brought a dessert. Needless to say, it was soooo hard to pass up all those homemade sweet treats! I didn't sample everything, but I did sample three different desserts (sample size).
Of course, later I regretted it and felt guilty. I don't need the calories OR the sugar rush. Do any of you have tips for passing up the goodies? When I don't eat any dessert, it seems to draw attention to me (or maybe that's just my excuse to sample??). This time of year is SO HARD!!
Monday, June 13, 2011
I have been neglecting myself...I had let my prescriptions for my blood pressure and thyroid meds run out, and I confess I haven't been taking them for months!
One of them is also a fluid pill, and my feet have been swelling so big I can hardly get my shoes on! What in the world is wrong with me? I kept thinking, "I don't have time to go to the doctor; I've got things to do and people to take care of." Well, silly me, if I don't take of me, who will? And what kind of selfish grandma am I, if I think I am too busy to take care of myself, and in the process, cut my years short with my little grandbaby?
I get tired so easily, and no wonder. Not eating healthy foods and not taking prescribed meds makes for a very unhealthy, tired, grouchy, listless person. Well, guess what? I WENT TO THE DOCTOR TODAY! I decided I needed to take care of ME, so that I CAN be here for the ones I love! Granted, I was very disappointed because, according to the doctor's scales, I've gained weight...well, so what? Getting on a good eating regimen and getting back into the exercise game will help me. Hey, I'm not giving up on ME! I've got family I love and I want to be here with them a long time...
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Well, I thought I was huge a few months ago, but I've put on weight during the holidays. I absolutely HAVE to get some weight off. I love SP and all the support I get here, but I guess I need to not wait for some big motivating moment (like I have in the past), and like Nike says, JUST DO IT!
I love all the tools on SP; the articles, blogs, friends, food and exercise trackers are awesome. I also like WW's idea of having food on a point system. I thought about joining WW online, but it's pretty expensive. And besides the point system, it has about the same tools as SP.
I am on the verge of being diabetic, so I have looked into following a diet for a full-blown diabetic. I don't like the idea of figuring out food exchanges, though. I'm too lazy I guess! I looked up a sample diabetic breakfast, and it didn't seem too bad. I think it was something like this: a piece of whole wheat toast, a 1/4 cup of egg substitute, 1/2 banana, and a small serving of cottage cheese. I may have it wrong but I think that's what it was. I could live with a breakfast like that!
The big thing for me is that although I am not a total vegetarian, I eat very little meat. I just have never cared for it much; maybe it's just the thoughts of where it came from or maybe it's the texture. For whatever reason, I just don't like it much and almost every diet I've seen has a lot of meat dishes. I do like beans so I think I might could get protein from that and the eggs, although I don't know if the egg substitutes have protein or not.
I've heard of the South Beach diet, but I'm thinking it has a lot of meat in it, although I don't know for sure.
Can anyone give me advise on the best thing to do? Every summer, when everyone else is wearing cute little shorts or Capri's, I think, "See there, if you had only started back in January you could be doing that, too." I don't want to have another summer thinking that.
Monday, December 20, 2010
I have started a new Spark team, and you are welcome to join! This is for grandmas and moms of preemie babies, or pregnancy complications in general. Please join if you need love, support, or just want to talk! You'll find the spark team on my Spark page.
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