Archives for: January 2005, 29
* Please forgive the typo's!
Here is my personal "get healthy/lose weight story." I hope some find it helpful.
Step #1) If you do not already own the book "Cook Right for your Type" then please check it out at your local library.
Step #2) I typed the 14 food categories and their recommended servings on a piece of paper. I stuck this piece of paper on the front of my fridge.
Ex: Seafood servings 1-3 per week
Eggs 1-3 per week
Nuts and Seeds 4-7 per week
Note Please doublecheck the book. I am going off of memory here.
Step #3) Learn recommended portion sizes. Ex: protein is the size of your fist at a meal, 4-6 oz of fruit is the size of one small apple, nuts and seeds are a small handful
Step #4) At the beginning of the week, I ate whatever I felt like (no avoids) and then made tick marks on my piece of paper. Once I had eaten the maximum recommended servings of a specific category, that was that! IT was then time to move on to what was left.
Step #5) Eat frequently. I ate 3 meals and 2 snacks every day. The snacks were easy and fast. (Peanuts and raisins or just peanuts!, Almonds and dried cherries, etc.)
Step #6) I DID NOT count calories. I also left out the "Oils and fats" category on that piece of paper. I used lots of olive oil AND LOST weight.
Step #7) I never went hungry. In fact I felt stuffed most of the time. And while I never filled up my sheet before the seven days were up, if you do -- then eat more veggies. According to the little grocery shopping book, the recommended servings of veggies for A's are ::: UNLIMITED.
Step #8) Once you have lost your weight, get rid of that piece of paper. What do feel like eating? (no avoids, please!)
** One final note. We can't afford to buy organic. Wish we could. So I wash my produce with soap and water, and I buy the canned fish which has been CAUGHT in the ocean. Once in awhile, I get lucky and the organic stuff goes on sale - and then I scoop it up! Also, the multivitamin for A's - if you are eating correctly, then you don't need a DAILY vitamin (my humble opinion). When I am feeling a little sick or tired, then I take my vitamins. Otherwise I don't. And health food store medicines? Let's talk about cost. My O son was on a prescription laxative for two years at 25 bucks a bottle. Meanwhile an 8 dollar bottle of pysllum powder (forgive spelling if it's wrong), works just as well. (Yes, the powder tastes bad. Dissolve it well in chocolate soy milk and put a lid on top of his cup so he can't see it. He drinks it without complaint when he doesn't know it's there.)
And what about fresh greens? They are cheap!! Kale, collard greens, spinach, carrots, and celery - lots of good affordable stuff out there. In the summertime, it gets even better. We have lots of small gardener's around here who sell their produce and don't use pesticides. Healthy and cheap. It is possible!! Take care..........