Saturday, October 12, 2013
I just returned this week from a trip to Germany for my son's wedding. It was a busy, busy time of preparations--not much sight seeing this trip, except for the obvious--the Dom (Cathedral) and Rathaus (Town Hall) and castles (Burg) and the rolling hills of the countryside so close to the city that look like pictures from a storybook.
I had hoped to be able to take walks everyday, but I had to settle for walks to the store and such, as I wasn't driving. And I went on this trip not expecting to track food, as I knew I would be busy. But after a few days, I noticed my clothes were fitting me more loosely, and my stomach was flatter. This was surprising to me because I hadn't purposely eaten less. And I definitely ate bread, which is one of my favorite things when we visit Germany. I could only come to one conclusion: clean eating equals weight loss.
I was staying with my daughter-in-law's family, and her mother always makes her own bread, grinding the grain herself. So the bread she makes has very little added sugar. Almost every morning I ate muesli with homemade yogurt, or muesli with a chopped apple and milk. But we didn't eat only homemade food. The muesli was store bought (Master Crumble brand-Ha! Love that name!) as well as the cheese. So, if I was eating high fat (cheese, and lots of it!) and high carbohydrate (bread, yum, yum, yum), why wasn't I gaining weight, or at the very least, maintaining? Why did I actually lose weight.
My conclusion is far from scientific, but I think that in Germany at least, they don't tolerate the addition of more salt and sugar to their foods. Now this is not to say that there aren't overweight Germans. There are, of course. And for sure my daughter-in-law's family eat a much healthier diet than most. But still, in the U.S. we have so much junk added to our food. Is it possible that the added sugar and salt in what I eat makes me crave more of it? If I eat in a more clean way, will the food I eat satisfy me so I don't eat more than I need to? I was really struck by these questions, and so now that I'm back in the States, I'm making changes to focus on whole foods. And my husband and I so liked the bread our hostess made that I bought a bread machine and grain mill so we can make good, WHOLEsome bread, too!