Saturday, January 19, 2013
Rip Esselstyn gave the closing remarks, challenging the attendees to do the following to Make Health a Habit.
1. Take the 28 day challenge.
2. Don't eat the wrong things.
3. Get support. engine2diet.com, engine2extra.com, jeffnovick.com, facebook for all of these, including Forks over Knives.
4. Develop routines
-plan my meals in advance
-Find 2 or 3 restaurants where I can eat plant strong.
5. Keep a food log
6. Educate myself--read books, watch videos, new cookbook in May "My Beef with Meat"
7. Surround myself with food I enjoy
8. Get real with myself and know that I can do this.
Then we left, off to face the world and deciding to accept the challenge.
There were several other sessions that I did not blog about. One was how to read food labels. Main point I learned here was to read the nutrition label for fat calories and sodium grams. The fat calories should not be more than 20% of total calories per serving. That's easy to figure. Sodium grams should be no more than a 1 to 1 ratio with the overall calories per serving. For example, for a serving with 120 calories, there should be no more than 120 gms. of sodium per serving.
The other part of the label to read is the ingredient list, looking for hidden sugars. There was a very interesting presentation on how the food industry hides sugars and fats in their products that they don't have to list on their labels. For example, Pam cooking spray can indicate zero calories because a serving is 1/3 of a second spray, which has less than .5 grams of fat. For a one second spray of Pam, the fat calories would be MORE than .5 grams, and so they would have to list the fact that there are REALLY calories in this product. Some of the information they gave us was just shocking and disgusting. The food industry is all about the buck and not about nutrition--that's what I came away with in that regard.
I know that my choice to go down this lifestyle path will not be easy. There will be stumbling blocks along the way. What to do about eating out? What about being invited over to someone's home for dinner? How to make the food enjoyable? Will I get tired of it? Will I lose weight?
I noticed that all the team members were very thin, slender and healthy looking. I want to look like that. Can I do this? I guess it's up to me to take the first step. And then the next step. It's just one meal at a time. Is my health and appearance worth doing what it takes to succeed? Do I love myself enough? Who is going to make the personal lifestyle decisions in my life? Me? Family? Friends? Society?
I have joined engine2extra.com for $99/yr. I blog my food there every day. At that website there are forums about the questions the plant-strong eater asks to be able to maneuver successfully through daily life. There are food coaches to help us along the way. And weekly and monthly challenges. So I'm doing this. Have been since Jan. 4. Wish me luck and check in every so often to see how I'm doing.