There's two sides to every story...This is mine
Food and I, we have shared a love & hate relationship. I've spoken about the roller coaster ride I had with diets: the ups and downs on the scale, digestive issues that have plagued me for most of my life, not to mention the hip and knee pain making me feel like I'm eighty instead of in my forties. It should be no surprise that I want to end my relationship with food – “We are breaking up…it’s not you it’s me.”
All joking aside is it possible that I could learn to love food? I don't mean the way I love chocolate...I mean not seeing food as an addiction anymore. I don't discount any diet that can help someone lose weight. I've been successful in the past with Weight Watchers and I do feel they are the leaders in weight loss models as they do not promote giving up any type of food, instead they promote moderation. The fact is that - dieting is not for me, it’s the deal breaker in this long-term relationship.
What I’m opting to do instead is educate myself and change my thinking about food and its effects. I have already come a long way in my studies but this is a journey and I do need more information to complete my "Gail Hypothesis."
I am currently reading a book called The China Study by T. Colin Campbell PhD., a very interesting study of 6500 people in China eating different diets and how this study tracked the underlying causes of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and more. I am halfway through the book and I feel a bit overwhelmed by all the information. Do you know what the ultimate culprits were? It was meat and dairy. The recommendation is to eat a plant-based diet vs. an animal-based diet.
One of the short-term changes I've made is not eating (bread, rice, pasta) this is not an undertaking I plan to continue permanently but I do feel these carbs bring on a lethargic, low-energy Gail to light and I much prefer bubbly and enthusiastic Gail.
I don't do dairy, mostly due to intolerance to it, soy milk is what I use in coffee and I avoid the rest of the dairy products, although sometimes I forget that cheese, butter and yogurt are milk products (dumb blond moments). I've also limited eggs, not drinking soda and I try to avoid junk and fast food.
The next change however seems to be the hardest...lowering meat intake. I grew up on a farm and eating meat was a staple of our everyday lives. So how do I limit the meat I eat? FYI based on the book I listed above-red meat is not the only danger to your health - all meats are dangerous.
There is a campaign called Meatless Monday which promotes one day a week without meat....this makes sense to me, much easier than completely giving it up.
What I found is that any lifestyle change I have made (quit sugar in my coffee and salt on my food) were done by alternating or substituting or switching things up, not by eliminating quickly which can have adverse effects.
Many factors affect weight loss and healthy living, it's about getting a grasp and learning the pros and cons of what we eat. It is almost like a true relationship in the sense you have to find the right balance; no settling however compromising and growth are needed for it to survive.
The deprivation we feel comes from thinking we can't have something; the forbidden apple in the Garden of Eden being the prime example of what happens when someone thinks they can't have something...they want it even more!!!
There is a myth about thin vs. fat....each side have issues they face including anemia, high cholesterol, diabetes and more. It isn't just about what's on the outside, your insides are far more important to keep in check.
My theory is knowledge is power and by educating myself about nutrition rather than hoping someone will come along wave a magic wand and make me healthy and thin is the better option. I am not on a diet...I am done with that mentality. I choose to follow a different path this time around. Here is what I am currently doing or plan to be doing to change my relationship with food:
Step 1) I started taking Align which is recommended for people with IBS, gas, bloating and other digestive disorders
Step 2) Eliminate bad carbs (pasta, rice, bread)
Step 3) Choose one or two days a week to go meatless
Step 4) Eat more fish, veggies, legumes, fruits.
Step 5) Walk more to alleviate the pain in knees and hips.
Step 6) Learn about coconut flour, almond flour and tofu.
Step 7) Daily intake of Fibre with Fibre First
Step 8) Drink lots of water.
On my journey to a better, healthier lifestyle - What I put in my body is my responsibility and so are the results I achieve.
Currently I have put back on almost all the weight I lost with Weight Watchers since last year. Current weight - above where I should be which is depressing BUT rather than going out and buying a bigger pair of pants I am forgetting about why I'm up on the scale and forging forward.
A Star Trek Quote A La Gail - My Mission is: "to explore strange new foods and to seek out a new healthier life" Live long and prosper my friends.
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