Saturday, August 11, 2012

It's working

Well, I lost another 1 1/2 pounds.  This is the least I have weighed in 10 years.  I am so happy about this and I will continue with Eat to Live diet and see where it takes me.  I read a blog criticizing this whole idea and saying that they never lost any weight, but in the same sentence they said they continued to eat meat and dairy products and I don't know what else they continued to eat, but clearly they were not sticking to the plan.  I would really like to have some more people comment on my progress and to join my blog.  Well, I checked on my view count and it is up so I guess people are at least viewing what I am doing on my diet.  Please join my blog, thank you.

Friday, August 10, 2012

What can I say?

After all is said and done I wished I had started being a vegetarian years ago.  I have often said I like vegetables and fruits so much I could be a vegetarian but never did it, now I have and I really like it.  Last night we went to an evening gathering of our senior group and I eat only veggies and some delicious cantaloupe and didn't even want the cake or pudding that was on the buffet table.  Such a feeling of relief to pass up the sweets.  That makes three times this week I have passed on sweets, I cannot believe it. 

The real test is coming.  My oldest son is coming on Sunday with his kids to spend the week and I have to find food for them, they all like meat and lots of pasta, cheese and pizza; don't forget hamburgers, soda pop and ice cream.  How will I cope?  Then I will be going to stay with younger son who in on the Paelo Diet.  What then?  I will try to cope with these challenges and get back to the blog with results.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

It's going good

My new diet is going good, I am studing more and more about a vegan lifestyle.  I would like to meet other vegans and have their help.  I am looking forward to going on vacation and trying my new diet then.  I am sure it will be difficult with others cooking and asking about what I am eating, but I plan to stick with it as much as possible.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

EAT to LIVE. She kept to the plan

"She kept to the plan," was the theme in a story of one successful person's journey to health and slimness in Eat to Live.  That's how I feel when I am tempted by sweets or cheese, that I am keeping to the plan for a slimmer, healthier me.  My diet is progressing.  It is slow and not always easy; it is especially hard because I go out a lot and eat at different places.  Yesterday, I took my lunch of salad and fruit to my senior's group luncheon since they always serve something heavy in meat (yesterday was a sausage in a bun with potato chips, some fruit and many deserts.)  It worked out fine so I will continue to take what I can eat.  I don't ask anyone to eat what I'm eating and I only get a few looks and questions for my special diet, although I sometimes feel like a rabbit or a cow with all my greens, lettuce, lettuce and more lettuce.  I am still tempted greatly by sweets, there are always cakes, pies and cookies at all the functions I go to and I love sweets.  That is the hardest part for now, but hopefully I will be able to resist, limit or substitute something else for these temptations. 

I usually eat fruit for breakfast, salad and fruit for lunch, for dinner its more salad, beans, rice at times and more raw veggies.  I am making my own salad dressings.  I don't feel hungry or deprived.  I feel very satisfied and don't miss meat or heavy food.  I think my body is responding favorably.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

My New-Found Hope

I hope someone will read this blog.  This may not be for everyone, but it is for me.  We are an obese nation and I am so overweight I need something to help me.  I have been seaching for a more sensible diet and I have found it.  I am following the Eat to Live diet by Joel Fuhrman.  I started reading his book about 2 weeks ago and started the six week diet a week ago. This diet is vegan for the first 6 weeks, then you can introduce some animal products back into your diet if you wish, especially fish.  I quit eating meat about a month ago and now I am mostly vegan and have lost 4 pounds in about 6 days.  I feel very good, I don't miss meat.  I miss cheese a little but I will find substitutes.  I recommend this book to everyone who ever wanted to improved their health, their diet, or to feel better about what they are putting into their bodies.  Some people say to me, "What about your protein?"  Well, they need to study the facts, broccoli or romaine lettuce have as much protein as meat and beans are a wonderful source of protein.  Others say to me "I couldn't eat that way because I base all my meals around the meat as the main dish and the vegetables and salads are side dishes."  This book (Eat to Live) has an important saying for that "The salad is the main dish."  I also read The Complete Vegan Kitchen by Jannequin Bennett, which was very good and I'm now reading The Cure: Heal You Body, Save Your Life by Timothy Brantley.  Very interesting, it deals with the causes of disease in our country of magnificent health care, like why do we have so much cancer, diabetes, and heart problems, maybe our diet.  If you don't want to change your diet to help yourself, think about your children, our children are becoming so obese.  Watch the Olympics.  Do you think the atheletes eat junk food, white bread, candy and sweet soda water drinks all the time? We get sick, we go to the doctor and take a bunch of drugs, what more can we do?  How about going back to nature and eating natural, healthful fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts?  Try it, you may find you like it.