I had to accept the fact that I had to eat in a very proscribed way for the rest of my life, or I would never lose the weight I needed to lose, and most definitely would not keep it off. It's like being an alcoholic or a drug addict. They know that they can't have just one, or a little of anything they are addicted to. It simply leads to more. So I changed my mind set. I can't live to eat, I must eat to live. What that meant for me is, no added salt, no sugar, no simple carbs, very little fat, no processed food. This diet isn't for a day or a month, it is for the rest of my life.
Giving up salt was the hardest part of my diet. I don't even cook with salt, and I eat almost no processed foods. Food is bland without salt. I try to substitute fresh herbs, rice vinegar and mustard, but salt, oh how I miss salt. Sugar comes from fruit, oil comes from nuts and salmon, and carbs come from oatmeal in the morning.
Here's an interesting little bit of news:
Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Fabulous Fiber
Take two people of the same age and height; one is normal weight, the other is overweight. What accounts for the difference? Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin studied the dietary intakes of 100 people, half in each weight category. They found that diets were similar in consumption of sugar, dairy products and breads, but different in fiber intake. The normal-weight people ate 33 percent more dietary fiber and 43 percent more complex carbohydrates than the overweight group.
Fiber-rich foods are generally low in calories and fats, yet they’re bulky enough to provide a feeling of being full. Here are some ways to increase your fiber:
Next week I'll share what the weight loss has done for my health. Amaaazing!