How is your New Year’s resolution coming along? Mine is doing great!!
Since January 1, I have read many blogs about New Years resolutions. There are tons of amazing ideas out there. Some people are focusing on health, weight loss and exercise. Other people are focusing on strengthening their marital relationship or spending more time with kids. Some people are going as far as learning a new language or picking up a new skill, like skiing, playing or learning to play an instrument. With each blog that I read, the goal of the writer was to create a positive change in their life for themselves and those around them.
What was your New Year’s resolution? Do you even remember it?
My New Year’s resolution was to eat healthier and lose weight. I call it a “diet”(for lack of a better term), but my overall goal is to retrain my eating habits. I want to teach my brain to stay away from the sugars and starches that I crave so badly, and focus more on fruits and vegetables, which my body needs to be healthy. Not only do I hope to lose weight and gain more energy, but I hope my new eating habits will model positive habits that I hope my children with pick up. As I mentioned in my previous New Year’s Resolution post, I mentioned that in order for you to achieve a goal, its best to share it. If other people are aware of your goal, you more willing to hold yourself accountable, thus it encourages you to reach your goal. My goal is lose 10 lbs. It’s not a lot of weight to lose, but I’ve noticed since having my 3rd child and being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I have been packing on the pounds. I want to get back to my pre-3rd-child-pregnancy weight.
The way I am attempting to achieve my weight loss and to kick start my health eating habit is by Suzanne Somers’ Get Skinny on Fabulous Food. A good friend of mine has done this diet several times in the past as a way to lose a few pounds and remind you to be aware of what you put in your mouth. Her theories are based on the idea that you eat ‘real’ food, and lots of it, while reprogramming your metabolism to burn fat and increase energy levels. The concept made sense to me and corresponded with my natropathic doctor’s goals of having me eat smaller meals, more often as a way to increase my energy. The bonus of being able to eat REAL foods and having my friend do this ‘diet’ with me has been a God send!.
Here’s the main theories:
1. Remove all SUGAR
This was the hardest for me! I crave sugar on a daily basis. Of course we all know it isn’t good for you, but my addiction was high! For the first 3 days, I had massive headaches and I couldn’t think straight. After I got over that hurdle, my cravings settled down.
2. REMOVE all WHITE and HIGH starch foods from your diet
Having Celiac disease, I don’t have many options when it comes to buy pasta and I LOVE PASTA! Luckily, I have found some brown rice pasta that I can still enjoy on this diet!
3. Eat FRUIT on a empty stomach
4. You can eat FATS & VEGGIES, CARBS & VEGGIES but FATS and CARBS can never be eaten together!
5. Drink Water!
Her book is packed with tons of scientific research to explain each rule, delicious recipes and written in a way that is easy to understand. The rules mentioned above are only some of her major rules. There are a lot of hidden things you need to be aware of that I haven’t mentioned above and if you are interested in trying this diet, I highly recommend you read Suzanne Somers Get Skinny on Fabulous Food and consult your doctor before starting it.
I have found this diet easy to implement into my daily life. I am eating 2-3 times more fruits and vegetables a day, no sugar (yes it is possible to drink BLACK coffee), feeling less bloated and gassy and I have an increase in energy. After 2 weeks, I have lost 5 lbs, but it is my overall well being that impresses me the most!