The Things Diets Have TaughtMe!

So in my last blog, I shared how a little bit of every diet philosophy I’ve been on has now come together in this new healthy plan I am following.

One thing I learned that has always stayed with me but not been followed faithfully is to eat till you are satisfied, not till you are full. I hate that feeling of being full. Seriously if you think about it, if you eat till satisfied, you’ll actually be hungry for your next meal and not eating for comfort or pain. I learned to let my stomach tell me when it was hungry. Today I am eating every three to four hours but it’s usually my tummy that is saying when it wants to eat. I don’t find myself watching the clock until the next meal!

The second thing I learned was to eat the best parts first. An example: if you have a cinnamon roll everyone knows the center is the best part, right? But we usually save it for last. If we eat it first, then if we’re not hungry we’re not still stuffing to get to the center. We can stop when we feel satisfied.

I’m a weird eater….but I know there of some of you out there that will relate so don’t even laugh at me. I eat around my plate. In other words, I start with one food group, finish it and move on to the next. Eating this way gives us the mindset even if we are full, that we need to eat everything on our plate. Most of what I am eating now is combo foods that you eat all together and guess what… I don’t always finish it all!!! This is incredibly freeing to me.

The third thing I have learned that a great meal can be lean and green. You don’t have to have potatoes or rice to round off a meal. A meal can be truly satisfying with a nice chunk of protein, a veggie and a luscious fat! Real butter people, not that crappy margarine stuff!!

Now potatoes and rice aren’t bad, sweet potatoes and brown rice are better for you, but you don’t have to mix them with fats just a nice protein, veggie and carb and you can still lose weight and feel good. We don’t have to learn to hate food! Well except for sugar and dietary sugars. Sugar is poison for me but in its pure form like Stevia, I feel more in control. Oh and the things they are finding out that the “diet” sugars do to you, well let’s just say I wanna keep my mind.

The fourth thing I have learned is not to believe everything you read. For example, once I read that the first two bites of anything are where and when you get the best flavor. I talked myself into believing that for the sake of the diet I was on. But then I put it to the test…I don’t know about you but when I eat something that tastes good, every bite is full of the best flavor hahahahaha. That’s probably not the best thing to remember but it’s how I roll.

I haven’t had sugar for three weeks now. I’m not drinking diet soda anymore. I drink water or tea. I carry liquid stevia with me. Oh and yesterday I brought my own dressing when I went out to eat cause I don’t want to go back to that horrible sugar addiction I had.  Alcohol to an alcoholic is what sugar is to me. I sat at a meeting a week ago with desserts galore on the table in front of me and I didn’t even want to indulge. All I kept thinking was I have stevia now and I can go home and make something that tastes amazing and be healthy for me.

I’m sure I’ve picked up a few other things that I can’t remember at the moment but the things I’ve mentioned are the ones that stand out. I’m enjoying the learning process as I try new recipes and how some of the ingredients are actually helping my body! I’m wondering as I put wonderful things into my body if it will help with the symptoms of fibromyalgia that I suffer from every day. Wouldn’t that be something? One can certainly pray, hope and dream!!!

 

A New Journey Begins!

Three weeks ago I started the Trim Healthy Mama Plan and so far have lost 7 1/2 pounds. I actually wasn’t expecting to lose anything this first month as my body is healing from the bouncing around of other diet plans so this was a pleasant surprise. What I am surprised about is how great I feel about what I am doing!!

I have dieted on and off and on and off since 1978. Every new diet brought new challenges and weight loss. I loved challenges! I always got to my goal on each diet but never could get over the comfort that food brought. The last diet I went on I lost 13 pounds and the food was great but I just never felt good.

I am a pain eater. I suffered tremendous mental pain for 27 of those dieting years and add on physical pain from fibromyalgia, a bulging disc in my neck, and back pain that isn’t fibro related, gallbladder surgery, knee surgery, and you end up with a diet of comfort food, comfort food and more comfort food which created a sugar addiction.

Every diet I went on allowed me to get sugar in and sometimes I would have an all sugar day from points that allowed it to bars that were filled with it to brand named desserts that oozed of it. It was crazy!

At our small group the first night we met, the ladies were gathered around the counter talking about recipes. I went up and looked to see what they were doing and I couldn’t believe people lost weight eating those recipes. I was hooked and bought the book and two cookbooks. I had planned to go back to an old faithful diet that I kept going on an off of but was saved that night.

I’m not going to name the other diets but this plan and I do mean plan not diet that I am now following is awsamazing!!!! For the first time I feel and know what I am putting in my mouth and how it is helping my body! I am using only stevia that is pure as my sweetener, none of those other ones that they are always finding that are bad for you. I am trying things like whey protein, phylum flakes, glucomannan , mineral salt, pressed peanut flour, collagen and other amazing things I have never heard of. I’m reading about the health benefits  of each of these and everytime I use them mentally and physically I am feeling good!

I am finally sleeping through the night…still  a night owl and can’t fall asleep early but once I do, I am actually sleeping. It’s such a relief after so many years of insomnia and waking up exhausted. I am still dealing with physical pain but I’m actually letting my stomach tell me it’s hungry and using other methods like breathing and exercises to deal with the pain.

I’m not rushing to the scale every single day because I am more concerned about eating healthy and letting my body heal then weight loss but of course I am celebrating the losses. I think it’s pretty cool that I forget to weigh myself at the beginning of the week. That never happened before. I think I have a whole new mindset that is really looking at this as a lifetime of healthy living.

What’s even crazier is that there’s a little bit of every diet philosophy I have done in this one plan. I’ll try to share that next time.