Thursday, October 28, 2010
Some of you have heard of the ĎNo Sí Diet : no sweets or snacks on any days that donít begin with ĎSí. Itís a great concept, but didnít quite do the trick for me.
Iíve developed the ĎSí Diet: SMOOTHIES (for breakfast), SALAD, SOUPS & STEWS (for lunch & dinner), SORBETS (for dessert). Also included are STIMULATION (walking every single day, toning 3X a week, and other activities daily including housework & gardening Ė i.e., less sitting and more movement throughout the daytime hours), SOOTHE (proper amount of sleep and time spent in relaxation, plus 30 minutes or more of quiet meditation a day), and SUPPORT (my husband is my #1 supporterÖI am still going to WW meetings because of the newfound friends and support system I have thereÖ plus I receive tremendous support from Spark Friends and the WW online community).
As long as I stick to the Sís, I donít have to measure & count Ė YAY! Those who have known me for a long time know how much I HATE to count calories, weigh & measure food, and track. I can force myself to do it for a while, but then I rebel. It just doesnít seem natural to me. For me, the only purpose of tracking is to keep myself within boundaries so that I control my intake. If I can stick to natural foods that satisfy and nourish me, I hope to keep my intake at just the right level without having to think about it so much. These foods are all filling and satisfying so thereís no need to overdo. These foods stop cravings for sugar and processed foods so thereís no feeling of deprivation. These foods nourish my body so I feel powerful and energetic enough to sustain a high level of activity. And the best thing of all, which is sometimes ignored, these foods protect my body from heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even things such as cancer, Alzheimerís, and a whole list of diseases (which Iím reading more and more about as I continue to have a high interest in aging without health issues).
Iím keeping a food journal of what Iím eating just to keep tabs on what nutrition Iím having each day. Iím not logging in amounts or tracking anything Ė just keeping a daily diary of what foods Iím eating. Variety is a key factor. The more colors and assortment of the vast array of fruits and veggies the better in order to get the most nutrients nature has to offer. My food journal also includes how Iím feeling physically and emotionally.
Purchasing a Vita-Mix was a big step for me, but crucial to following my ĎSí Diet and attaining my goal of achieving optimal health. Itís a pricey machine, and when my husband first saw it he was skeptical that it would be worth all that money for ďjust a blenderĒ. Heís now more than convinced that itís worth itís weight in gold. It comes with a 3-ring binder recipe book. So far, every recipe Iíve tried is a winner. Itís so powerful you can put all kinds of veggies in your smoothies (like spinach, kale, broccoli, carrots, etc.) and they blend in so well you donít know theyíre there. Soups come out piping hot and sorbets are of scoop-able texture.
In celebration of autumn, Iíll share a couple recipes Iíve tried that include all the tastes of the fall season:
1 cup red grapes
Ĺ medium orange, peeled
Ĺ cup canned pumpkin (or Ĺ sweet potato, cooked & cooled)
Ĺ medium apple
ľ cup fresh or frozen cranberries
Ĺ teaspoon fresh ginger
2 cups ice cubes
I added Ĺ cup water because my grapes & cranberries were frozen which seemed to make it too thick. After I added the water, it was perfect. AND perfectly delicious!
2 cups low sodium vegetable (or chicken) broth
Ĺ cup unsweetened coconut milk
3 cups canned pumpkin
1 cup sliced onions, sautťed
3 garlic cloves, roasted
3 Tbs. brown sugar (next time Iíll try 2 Tbs. pure maple syrup)
1 teaspoon paprika
Ĺ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Ĺ teaspoon nutmeg
salt & pepper to taste
This gets whirled on high for 7 minutes and comes out hot, thick and creamy and YUM!
I make my sorbets with just a cup of a frozen fruit or berries, Ĺ cup almond milk, 2 teaspoons honey, and a cup of ice cubes. So far, Iíve made strawberry and peach. Iíve also made vanilla Ďice creamí:
1 cup almond milk (you could use fat-free milk or soy milk)
1 Tbs. honey (recipe calls for Ĺ cup sugar but I use raw honey)
ľ cup nonfat dry milk (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups ice cubes
I wouldnít try this in a regular blender, but in the Vita-Mix, after about 30 seconds itís thick, frozen, and ready to scoop into a bowl. I topped it with a small amount of pure maple syrup and chopped walnuts.
There are so many varieties of combinations for the smoothies and soups that Iíll never get bored eating the same thing. I also have a large assortment of recipes for soups and stews to cook on the stove.
There are hundreds of different diets and approaches out there. They all work in one way or another. They all have their success stories and before/after pics. Not all of them are healthy, but they do produce weight loss. The trick is to find out what works for you. My goal is not just reducing my weight. My goal is to MAINTAIN a healthy weight for life; and not only be free of illness/pain, but full of vitality and limitless energy dailyÖand sharp as a tack mentally even in my 90ís.
Thatís my plan, and Iím definitely sticking to it !!!!!
Saturday, October 09, 2010
I think I finally GOT it. After all these years...after all those diets...after all the struggling. It's taken 40-some years of yo-yo dieting to come to this epiphany: losing weight is never the issue.
Think about it. It's not losing weight or seeing a certain number on the scale or even getting into a smaller size that we're after. It's the FEELING that seeing the number/size gives us. If we lived in a society that looked more favorably on heavier people, we'd all strive to be heavier. If we could achieve better health by adding weight, that's what we'd continually try to do.
It's never been about the weight, it's been about the feeling. And, for me, feeling healthy and not having any fears regarding illnesses is the highest of importance. Take the rest out of the equation, and you're left with a plan that works.
I've been a walker for many years. Going outside and walking fast, surrounded by nature while lisening to happy, upbeat music does as much for my soul as my body. It makes me feel good during it. I look forward to it and I feel like I've missed something wonderful on days when it's not possible to fit it in. Those days are few because it's always high on my priority list. I don't walk to lose weight. It's just a pleasant by-product that walking also happends to burn calories and increase my metabolism. I know that I will always continue to walk even when I've reached my ultimate weight goal. It's just something that gives me joy.
I don't know why it's taken so long to realize this, but the same can be said for eating a healthy diet. When I start my day with a greens & fruit smoothie, I feel instantly energetic and good. Eating foods that are fresh from nature and full of nutritients and goodness is like plugging directly into the life force that pumps a constant flow of well being into my body. These foods protect my body from many illnesses. Science has proven it. I want to live free of physical limitations and free of worries about things such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The foods that limit my achievement of feeling optimal health can be summed up in one word: PROCESSED. Take away processed food, and you've eliminated sugar, salt, white flour, and a multitude of chemicals.
The whole idea of "dieting" is counter to my goal of good health - at best, it's all totally unnecessary - at worst, it causes cravings for the very foods that put my life in jeopardy. Eating God-made foods, I don't have to weigh and measure them out. I don't have to count calories because they're all naturally low in calories while high in nutrients. I don't get any negative side effects. There's not a single God-made food I have to restrict. Variety abounds.
And I certainly don't have to jump on a scale to know if I'm on the right track. Measuring my worth and progress by a number staring back at me is erroneous. How often in the past I've beat myself up for not having achieved a certain number - which led to giving up and overeating unhealthy foods...OR, sometimes the number went down despite my "bad" eating that week, which only gave me the false idea that I can "cheat" and still be successful. A scale is not a measure of good health. I only can know that by how I feel internally. Not just by the absence of disease, buy by an overall feeling of vibrance and energy, and peaceful contentment with all things. The reduced size goes right along with it - good health and perfect weight go together like a horse and carriage. As the weeks and months go by, I'll see it in the mirror and in my clothes that begin to get loose, WHILE I'm feeling great in every way possible. There is no misery or angst in achieving the best body size in this manner. This is not hard! It's harder to be sick.
Reducing weight and size is merely a pleasant by-product of eating in a manner that provides optimal health. The fact that I'm eating to achieve physical and emotional well being is all the motivation I need that I will continue eating this way forever. You don't want to stop having well being. Going back to processed poisons stops the flow of well being. Why would I ever want to do that?
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
I'm beginning a new phase of my weightloss. After losing 40 lbs. with Weight Watchers, I feel so much better, but have to admit that my focus was primarily on weight loss and not health & nutrition. I ate processed foods, meats & dairy...contrary to my inner desire to eliminate them and my belief that they harm.
I've plateau'd over the past month and have stayed right around 175. I've been okay with that since this is the point where in the past I'd start to backslide. So as long as I'm not gaining, I'm content to sit here for a bit and adjust before pushing to reduce more.
But now I'm having an ever-increasing desire to improve the quality of my food. After 6 months of tracking, I'm a little tired of that. I'm scared not to track, though, because that's what has always lead to my downfall and regain. However, it's not realistic for me to say I'll track for the rest of my life.
I encountered Dr. Joel Furhman's Eat to Live program right here at SP in 2007 and joined the team. Dr. Fuhrman's protocol is eating a vast amounts of vegetables daily, both raw & cooked. Also advocated are fruits, beans & legumes, seeds & nuts. Whole grains are recommended in moderation and he recommends the elimination of all oils, animal protein & dairy (although does allow it in moderation). He's totally against processed foods and my favorite quote of his is: "The most important thing to remember about food labels is that you should avoid foods that have labels." I think it's the healthiest way of eating on the planet. It resonated with me strongly and I followed it strictly for a couple of months and then gave up on it. Since then, I've been on again-off again with it. I've always had a strong to desire to follow the program, but it became too difficult to do with a non-supportive husband and no one else to turn to for support.
At this stage, my quest for good health is equally as strong as my desire for slimness. I've committed to eating the Eat to Live way and this time my husband is more accepting - maybe because he's given up trying to convince me it's wrong.
For now, I'm not tracking points or calories. I am keeping a food journal as a way of keeping a record of the foods I'm eating and being able to observe if any toxic foods make their way back in. I'm still going to my WW weekly meetings as a safety net. I only have 20 lbs. to go to become a Lifetime member, whereby I can go without having to pay. I still would like to accomplish that goal. But, I'd love to do it by eating only high nutrient-dense foods and doing so because it makes me feel good, not just to reduce weight.
This is a crucial turning point for me and I'm a little scared. I'll need all the support I can get from my fellow Eat to Livers!!!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
This afternoo, DH and I went to the NY State Fair. We haven't gone in a few years and it's been a trigger in the past, with all the food smells beckoning to me. Today was different.
It got up to 93 degrees, but I found that the heat didn't bother me - one NSV I've come to appreciate is that without the added fat insulation I can tolerate hot days pretty well.
I went directly to the Herman's Hermits outdoor concert, and my dear husband Dan went to look at farm animals (win-win for both he and I). I felt so full of joy listening to the musics of my youth, and I truly felt like a kid again! When I was 14, I had the most wicked crush on Peter Noone. His poster hung on my bedroom wall and I would dream about being his girlfriend. I do believe I even liked him more than any of the Beatles. If someone had told me back then that I'd someday get a chance to be standing about 5 feet away from him to take a picture, I'd probably start screaming, LOL! I think he still looks good - I got a pretty good shot of him, didn't I? And he's very funny on stage too! I was on Cloud 9.
After the concert, Dan and I reunited to walk around and see some of the exhibits. The smells did NOT get to me...quite the contrary, all I could smell was grease and it was not appetizing at all. Then, the most interesting thing happened. Dan wanted an ice cream cone so we went into the Dairy and Milk building. He got one and I had NO interest whatsoever in getting one, so I didn't. I think he was a little shocked. When I thought about it, it wasn't that I wanted one and abstained because I thought I shouldn't have it.....I actually did not want it! That's a huge change for me that I need to recognize and acknowlege that I HAVE come far.
I was in a very good place...happy and content and feeling in the zone. It's a place I want to stay in as much as possible.
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