Friday, November 08, 2013
With the holidays approaching, I'm trying something new. If you would like a holiday/Christmas/Hanukkah card - maybe you never seem to get any, like getting cards, don't have any family or never get any mail... It doesn't matter. If you want one, just send me your name and address (comment, email - email@example.com) and I'll add you to my list, no questions asked. :)
Friday, August 02, 2013
When I was at my heaviest, "fat" was a dirty world. I could have been
heavy, chunky, chubby, overweight, obese, big-boned... ANYTHING other
than FAT, and I would still be okay.
I could justify it somehow; "Oh, I'm just big-boned.", "Yeah, but its
mostly muscle.", "There are a lot of overweight people in my family.",
"I'm just overweight - not obese." Anyone else said the same thing?
Well, I have. I said it a lot. They were all convenient ways to excuse
myself instead of owning up to the fact that I was fat.
I would hear the word and just cringe. If someone said a baby were fat,
it would just bother me. Now, if they were to have said, chunky or
chubby, suddenly itíd have been okay. For some reason or another, fat
meant something devastating. It meant no way out, no light at the end of
the tunnel. It meant putting something in a box. Saying it out loud or
having someone tell you, somehow made it true. Somewhere along the way,
fat was a period at the end of a very long sentence.
Well, here I am, 60 pounds lighter and 'fat' isnít so scary. Fat isnít a
loaded word and doesnít carry the same stigma. When you honestly give
your body the nourishment and attention it deserves; the word 'fat' is
something else. Itís the bottom of the ladder youíve climbed halfway up.
The starting line of a race you just finished.
Maybe you are fat or were at one time. Thatís okay.
Perhaps you've tried, unsuccessfully to lose it. Maybe you're in the
in-between. You can change. I did. Itís not about becoming less-fat
anymore, itís about becoming more 'you'.
Fat is something you can come back from. Fat isnít some-thing you have
to be, There are a lot worst things in the world to be called than 'fat'
- even if it doesnít seem like it.
Get healthy. Right. Now. Today. Let fat be a coma, not a period.
Sunday, July 07, 2013
Aside from to obvious benefits of going vegetarian like, cheaper grocery bills, lessening your environmental impact, getting slimmer and preventing cancer, there are a lot of things that happen that people donít tell you about. And things that can help the transition.
Donít think of it as minimizing your diet. Add good things and the meat will seem less and less like a staple. You will actually end up with a more diverse palate. Vegetables with taste more robust, fruits will be sweeter. Be prepared to try a lot of new things. You may have cravings.
You may love meat and want the same taste. Thats ok. The options for faux-meat and protein replacements is vast.
There really are a lot of options for fast food, you just have to be willing to take the time and look ahead. But be careful with grease. It becomes pretty foreign to your body so you can end up pretty sick.
Meat-eaters can get weird when they eat out with a vegetarian Ė cut them a little slack because they really donít get it. They way people are treated with food allergies is a lot like they way vegetarians are treated.
Beware of peoplesí reactions, positive and negative. Some people are deeply offended, some think you are foolish, misinformed, etc. On the other hand, some may see it as a segway to starting their transition. Just try to be understanding and donít take it personally.
Also, back away from being preachy. The majority of people donít want to know where their food comes from, how pets are being treated, what their clothes are made from or how animals are abused. Just be your own advocate and let your actions be a beacon to the people that are receptive to it.
Your bowels. Youíll learn this all on your own. Your body will take some time to get used to the change. The more meat you ate prior to switching, the more difficult it can be. I didnít have a totally meat-based diet so mine was a relatively small change. I did get to experience all the uncomforable trips to the bathroom like any one else, though. Opt for a gentle cleanse or a flush to help your body adjust.
Start listening to your body. It will be easier to figure it our as your body detoxes and cleanses. You will know what you need and donít let other people bully you (protein intake) or tell you what you need (that you MUST eat meat Ė not true). Make sure you are getting the right vitamins and supplements.
Activists wont seem so extreme. You will start identifying with people who are just passionate about their causes. When you start opening up yourself to watching vivid documentaries and reading graphic books on slaughterhouses and the dangers of meat and environmental impacts, careful. Some of these things cant be unseen. It will break your heart, pain you to your core and eat at for a while.
Figure out the reasons why you chose to become a vegetarian, because people will ask. People will be really intrusive. People will ask about protein intake (which Iíve never understood, they never asked me about my cholesterol or fat intake when I was a meat-eater).
When eating at someones house, just opt for more of the sides. The hosts tend to go over board to accommodate, just suggest they make more of the sides. Otherwise youíll end up with cheese Wellington when others have pork Wellington. Welcome to stomach issues.
Weight-loss isnt automatic. Regulate your body first, and they rest will come. Donít be discouraged. And try to have a sense of humor about everything, youíll need it.
Two big things for me personally: my food allergies virtually disappeared and that my skin changed so much so that I had to get all new makeup.
Try not to take these as discouraging. These are meant to help guide you through so this doesnít seem as scary and you donít feel as alone.
Monday, June 17, 2013
People always ask me, ďHow can you eat salads everyday, doesnít that get really old/boring after a while?Ē And I think, for a lot of people, thatís true. I used to think the same thing, ďsalad is goodÖ in small doses,Ē until I started experimenting with different topping, dressings and took out the meat.
I figured that the only way I could explain the varieties Iíve found is through pictures. This series will show you the different ways you can make a salad so it never has to be boring.
Try it all. Donít be afraid to venture out of the ordinary. Like hot? Add salsa for dressing. Love carbs and baked potatoes, cook Ďem, cube Ďem and throw them in. Cant get enough salt? Toss in green or kalamata olives Ė or, hey, be brave and throw in some pickles!
Garden lettuces, ripe avocado and sunflower seeds.
Garden lettuces, green and red bell peppers, alfalfa sprouts and unsalted pumpkin seeds.
Hearts of romaine, strawberries, blackberries, dried pomegranates, almonds and feta.
What are your favorite salad variations?
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Here are a few things I wish someone had told me about losing weight, at the start and at the end.
Getting Started and During
*Get up to speed on healthy versus unhealthy ways to lose weight. Really, get up to speed on everything health-related as it will help you to stay focused and keep you on track.
*Start writing everything down; calories, exercise, feelings, milestones. If today sucks, write it down! It will be a blessing in disguise further down the road when you need motivation.
*Count every calorie. You need to know what you are putting into your body. Every taste, sliver, just-a-bites, etc. When you have a cup of coffee, do you add a tsp of sugar? Don't forget to add that! There are a lot of sites, apps and programs that make it easy. I use several. Do what works for you Ė itís the only way to develop habits you will want to stick with.
*Try to find the humor in all of it. It doesnít have to be a miserable mess all the time.
*Weigh yourself on an accurate scale no more than once a week. Itís best to pick a day and do it in the morning before you eat or shower. Also, measure yourself. This will help the changes to feel more real. There will be weeks where you lose nothing, this is where the measurements come in! I chose to do cm not inches because I use cm less and I wouldnít dwell. Itís good to do these every few weeks.
*Nutrition, water and sleep have far more to do with weight-loss than you could ever imagine.
*Try to not hate yourself. This is a true process and you have to trust that. You will break, you will plateau, you will cry, you will ____ (insert every possible emotion and response here). ďBe gentle. You are meeting parts of yourself youíve been at war with.Ē
*The first 6-12 weeks, push yourself like your life depends on it. This is where you can lose the most weight. The closer you are to your goal weight Ė the harder it is to take off. So go full force immediately.
*Peer pressure, my favorite. Youíll notice that sometimes, when you go out or when you are with someone else, they are very quick to want to buy you food or get offended if you donít eat what they do. Do not eat out of obligation Ė ever. You control what you put into your body, period.
*Not everyone cares, is rooting for you, agrees with you or wants you to succeed. *Find people in your life who are on your side. If you arenít lucky enough to be in a supportive environment or have a cheerleader in your corner, email me. I will step in and happily do it.
Once Its Off
*It was hard to take off, itíll be hard to keep off. Work hard not to fall off the wagon, never forget what starting out felt like. I have done this, and let me tell you - starting over is way harder than starting out.
*It really is okay to eat out. If you find that you canít control yourself, learn to cook at home and practice plating Ė it will help curb the feeling.
*Be proud of what youíve done! Itís a huge accomplishment not shared by everyone.
*Be careful not to boast or be too preachy. If someone were to be like that to you before you lost the weight, how would that make you feel?
*Youíll learn that losing weight doesnít erase your problems, you will still be you Ė just a different version. It will help your health but itís certainly not a get-out-of-jail-free card.
What do you wish someone has told you? If youíre just starting out, what would you want to know?
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