Thursday, June 20, 2013
So recently there was a Woman's World magazine issue that featured Dr. Oz ,on the front it had a caption about the only crash diet that doctor Oz approved of. I found it intriguing that it was on the cover of the magazine at my local health food store. I stood there a while thinking that I wasn't going to pick it up and read it. I was making progress and doing it the healthy way. I didn't need my head filled with inappropriate suggestions to lose weight quickly. I continued to read the cover and it stated that you could lose up to 24 pounds a week.
What!? No way!
I gave in and threw it on the pile with my groceries. I kind of felt stupid as the women who scanned it laughed. She said " Wouldn't it be great if we could all lose that much in a week?" I smiled but felt embarrassed. Really, was I going to fall for this again? Every year I find some crash diet that says it will help me lose lots of weight and most times I put it all back on if not more in such a short period of time, never accomplishing what I wanting while starving myself or having very unhealthy diet. I started second guessing my purchase. The whole ride home I fought with myself about reading it.
Upon getting home, I put all the groceries away and took my magazine to the couch, trying to read it without my husband reading the cover. I didn't want him to think I had gone crazy or fallen back into the same pattern I always do. As I read the article I was pleasantly surprised. It really didn't seem to be about some crazy crash diet like it stated on the front. It was more about a lifestyle change. Stop eating processed foods and eat more plant based foods. Now this concept is not a new one. "Eating plant based is healthier" is really common sense. It is amazing that we have to be reminded so much of this and not many make the change.
Now I already had had a pretty plant based diet being vegan. However, there was a chart that showed how much of each food you should eat. Greens and other vegetables like tomatoes and peppers being the all you can eat category. Fruit, nuts and starchy vegetables and whole grains were in the next category( more of a couple times a week category) and then meat and fats and sugars at the end from minimal to none a week category. Now being a vegan, its very easy to get into a habit of eating more grains and starches as you no longer eat animal products. I didn't really eat starches due to allergies but I was eating more rice, so I switched it up and decided I would try to do it based off the chart.
Not a surprise, but when you have a chart that explains it better, its amazing how easy it become to follow. I started this Monday of this week and in the last 3 days I have lost 7.4 pounds( as of my weigh in this morning). I eat as much as I want all day long. Its actually encourage to eat more to lose more. I don't count calories. I'm not joking or trying to trick you or pull your leg. I am trying to share a little change that has made a difference really quickly. I don't feel deprived, I have a lot of energy and I'm excited every day to see the number on the scale. If you are having issue with losing I would look up the chart or get the magazine and just try it for a week. You don't have to be vegan for this to work. I am vegan for health reasons and preference. I just wanted to share something that has worked for me and I know that it might help others.
Here is to another beautiful day and a step in the right direction :)