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My genes make it easy - no allergies or anything to keep me from eating whatever. I find I feel yucky when I eat processed food, and I feel good if I eat stuff that still looks like it looked when it was growing. I live mostly by Michael Pollen's three rules:
Eat food (defined by things your grandmother would recognize as food)
Not too much
Even SparkPeople's recommendations e.g. That I don't eat enough protein, are more work than I care to attend to. I had a doctor once tell me that as long as my hair, nails, and skin turn over rapidly I'm getting enough protein. So I just eat, mostly local veggies, lots of legumes, and at least one serving a day of low fat dairy, and it seems to work for me.
How are you doing?
Look into Primal Lifestyle or Paleo. They are similar. You can get everything you need to about Primal Lifestyle if you subscribe (for free) to Mark Sisson's blog, Mark's Daily Apple.
Lynn in Southern Oregon
Shortly after I came to Canada from Europe, in my 30s weighing 130 pounds after my last pregnancy, something strange happened: I started getting fat really quickly !
By my mid-40s I had reached 220 pounds, but was able to get down to 210 and keep it at that. During that time, I worked out regularly, several times a week, and ate lots of vegetables at every meal, including breakfast. I almost never ate anything sweet, but I did have a fair share of potato chips and the occasional French fries.
What I noticed right from the beginning was that eating bread, pasta, or rice would make me very hungry within an hour. Eating a cookie or cake would make me feel very shaky and would require other carbs to regain my "balance". I suspected hypoglycemia, saw a specialist, but was told that there probably was nothing to it.
Now close to 60, I came across the Ideal Protein diet, which is a low-carb diet, similar to Atkins. As soon as I cut out all carbs except for non-starchy vegetables, my body fat just melted. 5 months later, I am down 45.5 pounds, and the weight continues to come off.
Since I prefer "clean" foods, I was hesitant to eat the IP foods, which are far from "natural". Although I was happy with the quick success, I started experimenting with ways to follow the protocol but substitute real foods for the packages. This probably slowed my weight loss down a bit, but I am more interested in a lasting change of my eating habits rather than in a rapid but temporary loss.
My husband and I have settled into a food "routine": Vegetable soups and stir-fries with protein for lunch, fresh salads with protein for dinner, and nut-based snacks or small amounts of cheese during the day. We are using a wide variety of vegetables and proteins and are looking forward to being able to incorporate the starchy ones again, down the road.
The major problem I see in recommending our way of eating to others in similar situations is that we are retired. We have time to plan ahead, prepare "food to go" for when we are on the road, and we can avoid eating out.
This is a luxury we never had during our busy careers, working a lot of overtime, and having long commutes, while raising children. It seemed, then, that convenience foods and restaurant meals were almost a necessity if we wanted any semblance of family quality time.
One major challenge seems to be to identify "convenience" foods that are in line with clean eating and can help shorten meal prep time. The other challenge might be to reintroduce fruit and vegetables back into people's lives.
It seems that fresh fruit is no longer able to compete with the sweetness many people are used to from their "treats", and it's amazing how many grocery-store check-out clerks don't know the names of the vegetables they ring through!
Produce and protein are also very expensive in our part of Canada, which puts them almost out of reach for a large percentage of people on limited incomes.
Over the next few months, I'll be researching ways to eat real food that is healthy, affordable, and easy to prepare for people with families and busy lifestyles.
Any suggestions will be most welcome !
Highest weight ever: 220 pounds
Followed the IP protocol from June to December 2012 and lost 58 pounds.
In Maintenance mode since January 2013. Still eating very low carb (25-40g per day). Increased my fat intake (nuts, cheese). Have been able to maintain my weight.
Hoping to lose another 20 pounds when the time is right (my body will tell me)
It IS difficult developing a working definition of food that is good for you. We've been bombarded with so much misinformation from those who try to make us believe that they are experts.
So for me, I'm working at becoming addicted to nutrient dense foods and sweaty workouts. I've decided that I'm dense if I choose to eat enriched products. There's no way their 8 chemical additions can possibly replace everything that was taken out. (my intelligent opinion)
And as long as I need to lose weight, I'm willing to follow the advice of Dr. Fuhrman to become a nutritarian, by the folks at Full Plat Diet to increase my dietary fiber, and also Dr. William Li to increase anti-angiogenic foods to cut off the blood supply to my fat cells (and cancer cells.)
So Jenae954, I'm with you. Focus on what you decide is good for you AND delicious. Health and melting of the sticks of butter will follow.
Paying it forward at
Eat to Defeat Fat Cells, Cancer Cells and more
The Healthy Lunch Club
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Good for you list continues to grow and bad for you is diminishing.
Fresh produce has replaced all the trigger foods.
No more chips or ice cream.
Don't even miss them.
Hey there! Do you like to cook? I found that I can still have my favorites and nix all the junk if I just make it myself. It may seem time consuming, but try doing the majority of cooking on one day and then pre-portioning your meals out for the week. I don't follow any special diet, except to keep things simple. The less ingredients in a recipe, the better!
For dinner, I make some sort of meat (baked or grilled) and then usually the sides are baked/grilled potatoes or corn and fresh fruits and veggies. Simple. No nonsense.
oh, your welcome :)
love your profile pic. you are a beautiful woman just the way you but i do wish you & your hubby all the best on this journey together.
Sherry - Indiana
Thanks Sherry :)
Never, never, never quit.
First of all, throw away all those fads. They don't work. Sensible eating is simple: buy foods that are unprocessed or minimally processed, do most of your shopping around the perimeter of the grocery store (produce, meats and dairy), and concentrate on veggies and fruit.
Gluten is only a problem for a very small portion of the population, as is dairy. If you have an actual problem with it, one that your doctor actually confirms, then yes you want to avoid them, but most of the "no gluten, no dairy, low carb" stuff is no more successful after a month than any other diet.
There are lots of good recipes here, though I don't like the number of the recipes that use artificial sweetners.
i'm no where i'd like to be with the raw eating but my plan right now is to have as many fruits and veggies as possible! i do add whole grain oats, eggs, some cheese and soy or lean meats (organic and clean as possible) but i really try to limit that stuff as much as i can. some can make the change overnight and others can't. i know it can feel overwhelming but just start small and work other things in or out as you go. you'll get it..good luck! :)
i don't know if it will help but here is my meal plan. so far it's worked great for me but still needs to be perfected. :)
Sherry - Indiana
I just keep a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats in my fridge and when theres no time to cook, a rotissiere chicken from the local store and salad make up my supper.
Example of things we've tried on and off
AVOID SATURATED FATS
YAMS NOT POTATOES
NO CANNED FRUIT OR VEG...
On and on... it leaves me without any of the foods I grew up with and very lost. I love the idea of cooking all our meals but lack of prep/planning and habit are creating a problem where we often have nothing to eat and scrounge bad stuff, starve or eat out.
My husband has 60LBS to lose and I have 10-15LBS to lose... we've been trying and failing with various success at weight control for 3 years now...
Just wondering if anyone has words of encouragement or tips on how they learned to cook real healthy food. The above list is NOT a requirement for us - we have no allergies or intolerances, just looking to get healthy and lose that weight/get more nutrients & energy.
Advice appreciatively welcome!!
Never, never, never quit.