Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I realized today that I haven't had a bag of chips in a couple of weeks. I was always that person that needed something crunchy in my lunch. It was always chips - potato chips, Fritos, Doritos, Cheetos. I figured it was only a hundred calories, and it was within my daily calorie limit, so why not.
Then I read a book by Dr. Fuhrman "Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right". I don't consider myself an expert at nutrition, but I have been learning a lot by reading the articles on SP. It is amazing what this book claims that eating right can do for our children and the damage that poor eating can do to us as adults when we have eaten poorly as children.
This book really inspired me to read and educate myself more on what kinds of fuel our bodies need. I have been proving to myself over and over how awful a morning workout is after a night of eating pizza. I know from first hand experience that eating better gives me results in how well my body performs.
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to stop buying those little packages of chips that moms are putting in kids lunches. I was eating them more than my daughter anyway. I started packing a handful of nuts instead - still getting the crunch and a little bit of salt to satisfy that crunchy need at lunch.
I can't say that I am losing more weight by this swap, but I do in general feel better. My daily lunch almost totally consists of whole foods - fruit, veggies, nuts, and little peanut butter sandwich. I have so much more energy. My mind is able to work through logic problems better as well (I am a programmer, so this is a definite plus).
There it is - I have given up chips. Freedom from chips!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I just finished breakfast. I don't normally eat breakfast on the Naturally Slim program I am on, but I woke up an hour early this morning and was hungry.
I have mentioned before that this is not a diet. I can eat whatever I want, except for sugar and milk. I was eating a Sausage McMuffin and a handful of peanuts. Part of the program is to stop eating when you are satisfied - not full, satisfied. It should also take you at least 25 minutes to eat - if it doesn't then you are chewing too fast. It hasn't always been easy to figure out when I am satisfied. I still over eat most meals.
This morning while I was eating the peanuts, I realized that I was done. I don't feel full, but I feel not hungry anymore. There were still a few peanuts left. I sat there and thought "I shouldn't throw those peanuts away." I am at work and don't have any baggies or safe way to store them. Then I realized that I can either throw them in the trash or throw them away in my stomach. Is it worth a few cents to make more fat in my body? NO!!!!!!!
I threw them away in the trash.
I don't seem to have this problem when I eat out. I don't mind not taking home leftovers; I never seem to be able to heat it up and have it taste like it did in the restaurant. Sure, send the food back with the waiter and have them throw it away. That is no problem.
At home, it is another story. I feel like I have equated food with money, and I HATE wasting money. Eating out is more about the experience than the food. At home, it is about the food. This is a big breakthrough for me. I should start asking myself this question more.
Do I want to throw that food away in my stomach and make fat, or do I want to throw it in the trash? It is perfectly okay to trash it.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
For 3 weeks I mostly avoided sugars in my diet, because I am following the Naturally Slim program. I ate fruit, but no candy, sodas, ice cream, cookies, or cake. I felt pretty good. My energy felt normal to high. I was sleeping well. My workouts didn't completely drain my of energy and I felt strong when they were over.
This week I have allowed myself to have some sugar - ice cream and candy. Yesterday I had the most candy I have had in a month - almost a cup of little mini candy bars. I slept poorly last night. I felt like I was getting sick this morning when I woke up. I had a slight sore throat and my sinuses feel heavy. I feel like I have little to no energy. What happened?
It had to be the sugar. Sugar is an inflammatory agent in our blood. It causes the insulin in our blood stream to rise which lowers our immune response (white blood cell counts can be reduced by 92% for up to 5 hours). Sugar causes the cholesterol in our blood to rise as well. It has no vitamins, minerals, or other micronutrients. When our cells are full of sugar and insulin, it makes fat. The only "beneficial" thing about sugar is that it tastes good.
It is not worth it. Those extra calories are not worth the detrimental effects of sugar. I am not going to give up on sugar forever. I will eat chocolate occasionally, but eating it 2, 3, 4 times per week is definitely off the table. No more feeling awful in the morning, no more raising my cholesterol, no more letting sugar have its way in my body.
FYI - I am down 10 pounds (in 4 weeks) from my heaviest weight ever, so this Naturally Slim program is definitely working for me.
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