Friday, August 10, 2012

Eating Right

I am a meat and potatoes topped off with pie kind of gal. I love fresh baked bread with butter and a good rib-eye steak. But I'm also about 100 lbs overweight and a few months from turning 50. Not a good combination. I've actually gained and lost 80+ pounds three times now. It a frustrating cycle of being so strict to maintain the current fad diet that I'm on and feeling punished by denying myself those foods that I love and bring me comfort. Twice now I've done very limited diets and done them well. I've lost down to an acceptable weight for me and learned NOTHING about eating right. That is until now.

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine told me about a book called Eat to Live. It's one of the first books that has really made sense to me. And, of course, it goes against what many people feel is a 'healthy' diet. But I have to tell you, two weeks into it and I feel good. I had gotten out of the habit of cooking and into eating things out of a box or from a drive through. It's taken a bit for me to get back into cooking, but wow, what flavor when you cook real food.

It's actually easier than I thought it would be. My morning starts with a fruit smoothie....

 
 

8 oz. of Almond Milk, a handful of frozen fruit, half a banana and a teaspoon of ground flaxseed in my mini blender. And sooooo yummy.

Lunch and dinner are generally a veggie dish with a huge colorful salad...


I've found that I can do a quick stir-fry after work without a lot of fuss. As we go into fall, I plan on doing some nice vegan soups. I made a wonderful Carrot, Coconut, Ginger soup the other night that's going to be perfect for those blustery Autumn days.

I was sure that I would miss my chips and candy and Big Mac's, but the funny part is that all this eating right has pretty much done away with my cravings. Even eating out with my friends hasn't been the trial that I thought it would be. Many of our restaurants offer a selection of delicious vegan dishes.

I think the big shift in my mind this time is that I'm not on a 'diet'. I'm not in this to lose weight (though that would be great) but to get healthy and fit. I'm trying to get out of my quick-fix mentality and make a life change with the knowledge that if I keep it up eventually the weight will come off and I'll go into my 50's fit and ready to take on the world. At least that's the plan!



5 comments:

  1. Fit at Fifty! That's what I am working towards! It's not a diet, it's a healthy nutrition plan. Good for you - it's gonna work, and you will be rocking a hotter than normal body soon. Keep up the good work!
    Have you tried the Almond Coconut milk? YUMMMMY

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    1. We can do this Dacia! It is going to work. I'll have to look for the Almond Coconut Milk when I go to town. I've been on a mission to find a really good vegan banana bread with something other than sugar as a sweetener. Can't do fall without banana bread!

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    2. try using Agave nectar as the sweetener - you will have to experiment with the amount. Poor Ken - having to try all the bread!

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  2. Here we go on sister parallel lives again. lol

    This is what I am doing...from my diet site MyFitness Pal:

    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/699744-why-do-people-eat-back-their-exercise-cals

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    1. So funny Michelle, we seem to do that a lot lately! I'll have to check out that link. Good to know that others are struggling to get healthy too.

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