Showing posts with label diet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label diet. Show all posts

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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Friday, April 26, 2013

How I lost more than forty pounds and healed my body.

Taken at a Victorian Bed and Breakfast in North Carolina.

At the age of fifty-four I was frumpy, fat and very unhealthy.

The pictures above were taken about three years ago, before I started eating natural unprocessed foods.

The picture below was taken last month.

I have maintained this weight for over two years. Hundreds of people have asked me how I lost the weight and reversed my health problems. The simple answer is that I changed my choice of foods. My health and stamina returned to the levels of my early thirties in just a few months. I will turn fifty-seven this September.

My gentleman friend and I are very active socially which means we go out to eat and attend lots of parties and functions. As you know, special food is always a part of these social situations. Most of the food that is served in restaurants and sold in grocery stores in America is highly processed, heavily salted, with lots of added sugar and butter or other fats. This is also the reason that many of my friends started to gain a lot of weight as soon as they came to America.  

After I read the book "Eat to Live" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, I realized that nothing in my daily diet was high in nutrition or provided a sufficient source of energy. That's why I was always hungry two hours after I ate!  

I started eating the breakfast described in the post here and at the top of this page under Recipes. Breakfast for me is at about six in the morning. I am often just starting to feel hungry at about one in the afternoon. I have a large leafy green salad with lots of steamed, roasted or sauteed vegetables at about two in the afternoon.  I use unsalted vegetable broth to cook with instead of butter or oil. My salad dressing is an aged balsamic vinegar. There is no oil, croutons, bread, or cheese served on or with this salad. That's normally my last meal of the day and I never feel hungry at night. I drink hot tea, water and occasionally a glass of wine.

This is my diet 95% of the time. I still eat whatever I want when we go out to dinner during the weekends. (I do not eat red meat or pork.) 

It is a simple healthy way of eating and I never feel that I am missing anything. I don't count calories or go to the gym. The fact that I feel so much better and have so much more energy serves as my motivation to continue to eat like this for the rest of my life.

I hope that by sharing my story I have given you the motivation to learn more about food and how it can make you feel great or miserable.

Thank you for reading and for all your positive comments here and also on Facebook. I enjoy hearing from you very much.