SUSHIYUMMY's SparkPeople Blog SUSHIYUMMY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Book Review: The Omnivore's Dilemma <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you aren't sure local/organic fruits and veggies and local/organic/patstured meats and eggs aren't worth the hassle or the money, you need to read this book. More than any other, this book revolutionized what I eat and where I buy my food. <BR> <BR> Pollan explores the history of three different meals: one produced through large scale industrial farming, one grown on a biodynamic small farm, and one procured th... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 21:33:49 EST Book Review: Eat Fat, Lose Fat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This book is the diet recommended by the Weston A. Price foundation. It's very similar to a Paleo/Primal diet. The main difference is the WAPF allows the consumption of "traditionally prepared" (sometimes called "properly prepared") grains and legumes. However, they don't encourage a lot of grain consumption for those who need to lose weight. <BR> <BR> The book has some great information on the role of saturated f... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 20:05:51 EST Book Review: Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There is a lot of speculation in this book, but the speculation is based in scientific research. Taubes is not a health professional; he's a journalist and he does not intend the book to be a definitive answer, more a call for more research in some very promising areas. I've read some interesting criticisms of Taubes's ideas online and I don't think he has all the answers, but the research he presents is compelling... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 22:08:46 EST Book Review: Everyday Paleo <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I originally posted this book review on the Paleo Diet team's forum, but I decided I'd put this (and future book reviews) here, as well. <BR> <BR> Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragoso. 2011. <BR> <BR> Advertised as three books in one, I was primarily interested in the cookbook section which is a significant portion of the book. This particular book is written primarily for families with children. <BR> <BR> The first ... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 10:47:01 EST More changes. So much has changed since my last blog post here on Spark. Right after I was elected leader of my TOPS group, my husband was offered a transfer/promotion and we moved to a new state. So, I transferred to a new TOPS group and I've continued attending here in our new home. <BR> <BR> I've also continued tweaking my diet. After reading Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes and considering my own personal history with tracking, I decided to quit counting calories and/or points. I no longer track in any... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 16:42:29 EST A Few Changes It's been a while since I posted to my Spark blog. I've made some more changes to my weight loss plan. I had been using the Weight Watchers program (first while attending the meetings and later on my own), but I knew writing down every single thing I ate was not going to be sustainable for me in the long run, so I decided to make the switch to eating clean and minimizing processed carbs like sugar and white flour. I haven't really changed what I've been eating, I've just changed how I keep tr... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 23:50:22 EST Eat Real Food There was a question posted recently on one of my teams. The poster asked how much everyone else spent on groceries every week. There was a really interesting range of answers from those who were proud of how little they spent to those who were happy to spend more for high quality foods. I wrote a long, detailed response and decided to share some of it here. I have edited out some of what I wrote and added some additional info. <BR> <BR> I would estimate about $150-$200 a week for me, my hus... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 13:20:25 EST New Weight Loss Support Group After attending WW for a few months, I decided I needed a better support group. I like the WW plan--particularly the new one!--and I plan to keep following it. But, the meetings just didn't have the community atmosphere I was looking for. So, I decided to try out the local TOPS group in my area. I have generally found TOPS groups to have a more supportive, community feel to them. <BR> <BR> I attended my first meeting earlier this week and had my initial weigh-in. I'd gained a bit over the ho... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 12:53:57 EST Thinking About a Change I am currently a member of Weight Watchers and attend the weekly meetings. I like the WW plan--especially the new one--but I'm starting to question whether I want to keep paying $40 a month for the meetings. I like having the accountability of a weekly weigh-in and I find the encouragement I receive there to be highly motivating. <BR> <BR> But, I dislike all the recommendations for heavily processed faux foods and the meeting is mostly the leader talking at us rather than the members having... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 21:38:42 EST Starting Over Again This isn't my first weight loss attempt. Shocking, I know. I start, I do well for a while, I get bored with it, I start to gain again. After the last run through this cycle I decided to get off the weight loss wagon for good and just focus on making healthy food choice. I made peace with my body and I moved on with my life. <BR> <BR> However, somewhere in the back of my mind I felt like taking that stand would somehow cause weight loss. By taking the pressure off and focusing only on health... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 01:35:21 EST