Friends and family have asked how I have lost so much weight in a short amount of time – I’m now down THIRTY POUNDS – Yay! (I’m celebrating, not bragging.)
The short answer is: finding a food plan that works for my body chemistry, and then being self-disciplined about it. That meant 21 weeks of saying “no, thank you!” to pasta, bread, cakes, cookies, anything white-flour based, packaged and processed.
But it also meant replacing those products with healthy and delicious foods:
* items made from potato or rice flour, or plantains
* walnuts, pecans, almonds, raw pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds without added salt (“naked”)
* brown, jasmine, or basmati rice
* spinach pasta or quinoa
* Toufayan low carb/low sodium wraps in place of bread
* cheese cake or oatmeal crumble instead of cake
* Crunchmaster Multi Grain crisps (found at Rite Aid)
* crunchy granola bars or other (homemade) oatmeal snacks without corn syrup
* fresh chicken, pork, beef, or turkey (cook with skin and fat on, trim off before eating)
* ALL types of beans, canned or bagged (rinse first to lower sodium); legumes; lentils
* wild-caught salmon (preferably from your own country)
* cheeses: the older, the better! ; olives, pickles
* sweet potatoes: wash, poke, and put in microwave for five minutes
* fresh veggies and fruits (google the Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen list), esp. greens like spinach, and squashes
* snacks: mix nuts with dried berries and chocolate chips, cheesecake squares, squares of dark chocolate, pudding or sherbet without corn syrup
Do I think that my approach will work for everyone? Probably not. But the foods I listed are in any Aldi’s grocery store, so no luxury food source is needed. That’s good, right?
What I do know is that food that is closest to the source is best, and homemade is best. Our American fast-food, pre-packaged lifestyle isn’t working. Diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer, are epidemic in my country. The amount of fake sugar, soy and corn products and fillers in our grocery foods are suspect in these diseases.
Have to start somewhere, right?