Friday, January 30, 2015

How do you stay slim?

I get this question or one very much like it several times a day. From these exchanges, I realize that many people honestly do not know what to eat. 

In the spring of 2010 I was about forty pounds overweight. Every bone in my body hurt. It was often an hour or more before the stiffness left my joints after getting up in the morning. I did not sleep well and I was very sick with migraines and sinus infections often. I had to take several expensive medications and was facing the possibility of three scary surgeries. I did not wear heels anymore because my feet hurt all the time.  



Now when I get up in the morning there is no pain. I am ready to get moving fast immediately. I am rarely ever sick, but I did get the flu this past winter. Other than that I haven't even had a cold in years. I no longer take any medications and no longer have migraines or sinus problems.

The only difference is that I changed my choice of food. I eat a variety of grains, seeds, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. I do not eat meat or processed foods. I avoid oils, cheese, and all dairy. I drink water with lemon, hot tea (with no sugar) and an occasional glass of wine.

The weight came off in about six months. I go for a walk when the weather is nice, but that's it for exercise.

My inspiration for eating this way came from reading the book "Eat to Live" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman which helped me to learn what foods to eat and why. It isn't a diet. It is the way I choose to eat for the rest of my life because I really enjoy sleeping well, feeling great every day and having lots of energy. Wearing size 4 jeans is just a bonus. 

Click on the Recipes tab at the top of this blog for more information about meals and recipes. 

                             Before                          After

Thank you for joining Mr. Mickey and me on this wonderful journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!

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