science is cool!
Saturday, January 12, 2013
One of the best things about going to my naturopath is learning cool things about my body. I love how she explains the "why" I should or shouldn't eat/drink a certain food. I wish I could record our sessions because there is so much information being taught that I can only remember my to-do list by the time I get home and the "whys" escape me.
That being said, my take-away from this weeks appointment is that our bodies are lazy. They will always use your ingested carbs first for energy and it protects its fat like we are about to enter a famine! In order for me to lose weight efficiently I need to limit my unhealthy carbs - alcohol, grains, starches, sugars and force my body to burn stored fat. Once I get to where I want to be I will be able to add back healthy carbs because it will be okay to burn those first. The tough part is denying myself now for the reward later. I could go to all healthy carbs now, it will just make my weightloss slower, and that is okay, if I am committed. However, I find I have limited self control and I don't want to go slower than I have to. So I will give up on pasta and bread for now and when I do use it again it will be whole or multigrain. For now, when I am tempted to eat something I shouldn't I need to think about it as charging to a credit card - eventually I am going to have to pay for it.
I also need to wrap my mind around the idea that sugar should have a very small place in my daily life. Like spending money, sugar should only be used when you can afford to use it and when you deem it worth using. I can't continue to spend recklessly because the cost to my body is too much - I am bankrupting myself! And unfortunately for me alcohol is processed as sugar in the body. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a lush, I just enjoy a nice glass of wine with my hubby a couple days a week - especially in nice weather on the deck! So I better work hard now to earn the ability to spend it later when the weather is nice!
So, as a result of my appointment this week my daily goals are:
Drink as close to 90 oz of water as possible.
Make 1 spinach smoothie (spinach, almond milk, cinnamon, cocoa powder)
Eat 6 cups veggies
Exercise 40 minutes a day - broken up into morning and afternoon/evening
Avoid grains, alcohol, sugar
Sounds rather boring but to combat that I am making desserts, egg dishes, soups and veggie dishes with lots of flavor to keep things fresh. Boredom is my enemy and nothing will send me to the pantry quicker than eating the same exact thing every day. So on that note, I am off to find a recipe for homemade mushroom soup!