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A Dieter’s Epiphany…

So, I’ve been trying out new diets, tweaking my nutritional intake, and generally just trying to solve the mysteries of obesity and overweight for a long time. My husband has made claims that I am just chasing fireflies and won’t figure anything out completely…it’s almost impossible. But I think I may be on to something…

I began another (yes, another) new diet at the end of August called the Fat Resistance Diet, by Leo Galland, M.D. with amazing results…results I didn’t expect. I had been suffering from chronic fatigue, bloat, and what I always called “puffiness” for quite a long time. These symptoms began to disappear almost immediately on the Fat Resistance Diet. I looked at what I had been eating and quickly realized I had not eaten any grains in a couple of weeks and had already lost 12 lbs. in the process. I continued on the diet for another week and lost a few more pounds, making my total weight loss for the first three weeks 15 lbs.

The weight loss was awesome, but that wasn’t the thing that really caught my attention. All the loss of energy and motivation I had been experiencing had disappeared and I felt better than I had in I don’t know how long. My energy levels were through the roof compared to what they were. Then, after a few more weeks, not really sticking to the diet, but laying off of gluten, the mysterious pain in my shins also disappeared. The rash I had on my scalp – a red, bumpy, itchy rash that I had been trying to keep in check for years with Neutrogena T-Gel – also disappeared. I felt like a whole new person.

I talked to my doctor about allergies and sensitivities to certain foods. I described what my symptoms were and that they had gone and he said to me, “people know the answers when they come in with these kinds of questions – if you eliminated this food and you feel better, what do you think the answer is?” He was right. As good as I felt there was no way I was going back to eating the things that were literally making me sick and creating pain in my body. It was as simple as that.

But the realization that I have an allergy to wheat gluten was just the tip of the iceberg. I also noticed that, along with the elimination of grains, I had added in a lot of dark green, leafy vegetables, healthy anti-oxidant rich dark berries (like blueberries and strawberries) and pomegranate juice and more fish. These were simple changes in my daily diet but the results were amazing. I wasn’t hungry! That’s what was so unbelievable…I didn’t have munchies and I wasn’t hungry all day long. I didn’t really feel like I was on a diet at all. And I’m still eating the same types of foods today and have the same feeling as when I first started the diet. I feel satisfied after eating and I’m not always wanting to feed my face.

Not too long after I began noticing these little improvements in my physical well-being, I picked up and read the book, Wheat Belly – Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis, M.D. which is an insanely interesting read. I was really inspired by what Dr. Davis said and his book, along with what I had discovered with Dr. Galland’s diet, really started me thinking about the state of people in today’s world.

This is my belief – People eat food that has been overly processed and lacks nutrional value. That means that when a person eats this type of food, their body isn’t getting what it needs. It’s still hungry! So, this same person eats more processed food, still not giving their body what it truly needs nutrition-wise, which leaves the person feeling bloated and full but not satisfied. The brain is still sending the same signals to eat because it still hasn’t received what it needs. It’s a vicious cycle.

But it can be broken.

Just say, "No!"

The body is an engine and it needs fuel. If you put really bad, diluted gas in your car’s gas tank, what happens to the engine? It breaks down and quits working. If you put the supreme gas in the tank, it purrs like a kitten. So, why would you put crappy “gas” into your body’s tank? This is your engine. It needs to last a long time and it’s up to YOU to take care of it. You have to feed it the right fuels – lots of fresh vegetables and fruit, lean meats, nuts, etc. You can’t feed it doughnuts all the time. The phytonutrients you get from green vegetables and dark fruits just aren’t in there. Yet they are essential to your overall health.

Take this challenge – Go grain-free and “box” free for one week and see how you feel! That means you will have to spend some time in your kitchen preparing meals, cutting veggies, actually cooking your dinner. But that’s a good thing – your kitchen utensils have probably not seen you in a while. Don’t open a box from the freezer – instead make a hearty vegetable soup, or stew. Get out that crock pot and put it to some good use. Add some chicken or turkey into it for dinner. Make a healthy salad with some tuna on top. Grill some fish on your grill. But stay away from breads and pastas. Just give it a try for one week – I bet your body will thank you!

To a healthier, happier and longer life.


And a New Plan Begins…

Who doesn't love a good "cheat" day?

Today is Day One of the new program, The Xtreme Fat Loss Diet program from Joel Marion. It just came out and I’ve been anticipating it for a while. I’m ready to give this one a go, though it seems kind of difficult. I’ve never been a big fan of fasting, so we’ll see how it goes.

Day One is the “Cheat Day” where I’m entitled to eat anything I want without guilt. I’m having absolutely no problem with this part. But tomorrow will definitely be a test for me…a full 36 hour fast from the time I go to bed tonight until breakfast the day after tomorrow. And the third day will be a “Shake” day where I have only shakes all day. I will still have to exercise on these days, so I’m curious to see how my energy levels hold up.

I will be taking supplements on my fast day, so it’s not like a pure fast. But as I said, I’ve never been one to be able to go without food for a whole day. And I’m sure I’ll be practically unbearable by the end of the day. (My poor husband!)

But I’m determined to follow through on this program. It’s only 25 days long. It works in five-day cycles. So, I will do five 5-day cycles to get to the end of the program.

So far, it’s all good! I’m gonna love the Cheat day every five days! But, I’ll keep you posted on the rest of the five days and let you know how it’s working.

To a healthier, happier and longer life.

Moving Is Hard On the Waistline

Have you ever noticed how much differently you eat while you’re packing boxes and moving your end tables into a big truck? I know that I hate moving. I have done it way too many times to recall. I think I’ve pretty much always lived a transient lifestyle…never staying in a place too long. Well, at least it’s never dull! But still, I hate doing it.

This past week I’ve been moving into a new place. I’m totally in love with the new place and I’m excited about living in it. But, moving is a stressful thing to do…one of the most stressful, according to many reports on the subject.  And now, one other thing I’ve noticed with this move is how much crappy food I “allow” myself to eat. And it’s not just what…it’s also how much!

On our first big moving day we finally got around to having lunch around 3:30pm. Yes, it was late and yes, our choices are quite limited without the ability to cook at home, but we opted for a pizza place around the corner. It’s claim is “American Pizza” made in the New York tradition. I was looking forward to it, actually, as I had been wanting to try it since we moved to Germany. And it was good. So good, in fact, that I thought it would be totally okay to have 2 1/2 slices of it. Mind you, this is New York style slices…you can wrap one slice around a soda can and still have some leftover. We got a 20 in. pepperoni pizza and I ate more than 1/4th of the thing. Ridiculous!

I don’t know if it’s all the lifting, packing, going up and down tons of stairs (it is Europe, after all) but it’s like I just decided that since we were in the middle of a move that I could eat whatever I wanted and not worry about it. Like I’m in a “time out” period and can resume normal eating habits after the move is over.

Let me tell you, it’s really no fun stepping on the scale and seeing an “increase” when you know it’s not from adding muscle. It’s from eating 2 1/2 slices of freakin’ pizza. It wasn’t just the pizza, either. Since we began this move, I’ve eaten doughnuts (always a “no-no” any other time,) hot dogs, macaroni and cheese from a box (ewww!) soda (yep!) and Chef Boyardee from a can! It’s like I’m eating like a teenager! Oh, and let’s not forget about the trip to McDonald’s! Most of these things I would not eat ever, but somehow they have all made their way into my mouth during the past several days. Disgusting.

At this point, I have no excuse. I’m stressed. I’m PMS-y. I’m completely irritable. I’m doing a lot of lifting and climbing stairs. But, I still should know better. It’s not just about losing weight. (Although I’m running out of time for that goal…I’m down to just four months until our trip to Texas.) But it’s also about eating real food. Non-processed, non-injected, non-genetically modified (GMOs,) farm-grown/raised food that is good for my body. It’s about my (and my family’s ) healthy eating habits. My son watches everything I do and hears everything I say. If I talk about eating healthy and then turn around and eat a McDonald’s hamburger, what is the message I’m sending him?

Although, I know I’m sending the right message most of the time. It became evident to me when we went to the McDonald’s drive-thru for dinner. We were eating our meals and I gave my son a Big Mac. He picked at it a bit and then looked at me and said, ” Mom, I don’t like this meat. It doesn’t taste good. And besides, it’s not good for me.”

I can’t say I disagree.

Day 15: The Food Gods Are Against Me Today

What a day this has been! Today we had to go to Ramstein for a function and decided to make a day of it. I didn’t send Aiden to school so we could spend the whole day there. We wanted to get some serious shopping in while we had the opportunity.

We love shopping at the gigantic BX at Ramstein!

We got there just in time to have lunch and decided to eat at the Macaroni Grill in the mall on base. Denny always gets really excited about Macaroni Grill because he loves pasta!

Everything seemed fine and I ordered the “Skinny Chicken” plate. The bread came to the table, but I didn’t touch it. Denny said it was not worth touching anyway since it wasn’t all that great. Good call.

On a side note, I brought along my bottle of Stevia powder and enjoyed it in some fresh ice tea. It was awesome!

Our food arrived and I was immediately suspiscious…my chicken looked a little like…salmon! I flagged down our waitress and pointed out the mistake. So, my plate disappeared into the kitchen. I looked at Denny’s plate…he didn’t order pasta. He ordered risotto instead with a beautiful looking halibut. It really looked yummy. And Aiden had a kid’s pepperoni pizza that looked great, too. And I was looking at the empty spot where my plate once was. I can’t lie – I definitely had to try Denny’s risotto…a few times. It was really good. Either that or I was hungry.

By the time my food came Denny was nearly done with his lunch. I was very happy to see my plate and find a very nice chicken breast with grill marks. Yes. But the rest of my plate left me with more questions. The “Skinny Chicken” was supposed to include asparagus and broccoli. Well, the asparagus was not asparagus, but green beans…that were mostly raw. They were a tad too crunchy for me. And the broccoli was mostly raw, too. So, I ate the chicken and picked at the veggies. Luckily, the tea was tasty and I drank enough to quell my hunger. So much for lunch…

After we spent the next several hours shopping, we realized we needed to eat again before heading back home. This time we went to Chili’s on the base. After the unexciting lunch at Macaroni Grill, we were hoping for a reprieve. I ordered my usual small steak plate. It usually comes with some “seasonal veggies” but I needed something else. I asked for some mashed potatoes. (I know, not the best choice, but I was needing some substance.) Our food came pretty quickly and my chops started to water. Everything looked great on first inspection. But looks can be deceiving…

I cut into my steak and took a bite. Something was off. I inspected my meat and thought it looked a little more red than the medium rare I had ordered. I took another bite and thought it felt cold. Hmmmm. Not what I was expecting. I mentioned it to Denny and he touched it. It was colder than room temperature. Again, the food gods were taunting me, teasing me it seemed. My meat was raw.

Again, I flagged down our waitress to send my plate back to the kitchen. I waited eagerly while watching the boys eat their dinner. Denny ate his fries but wanted to wait until I got my food before he started on his chicken sandwich. That was sweet. But I didn’t want him to wait until his food was cold before he ate it. I urged him to go ahead.

Finally, my steak returned. I was excited again. They had also piled even more mashed potatoes on my plate…enough to feed an entire table. They were hot – very hot. I cut into my steak with massive anticipation. I put the warm bite in my mouth and chewed…slowly. Savoring the flavor. But something seemed wrong. The texture was off. The taste was off. This is not what I was expecting…my steak was not okay.

Maybe it was my head telling me to worry. Maybe I had psyched myself out of eating it, thinking it was bad meat. I let Denny try it and he thought it wasn’t right either. I have had this steak plate at Chili’s several times and it just didn’t taste the same. Either way, I couldn’t bring myself to eat it. I ate some potatoes. And that was it.


Denny and Aiden had a wonderful lunch and dinner. They were ready to head home with full bellies and fully satisfied.

The waitress was kind enough to take it off our ticket and offered to make something else for me “to go.” But my mind (and stomach) was not in it. My appetite was definitely gone. In fact, on the way home, I kept feeling like I should vomit just to get the few bites I had out of my system.

The food gods were toying with me today. I had very bad luck all day long. I’m just glad I had a great breakfast that kept me going all day. Oh well. Tomorrow is another day.

On the very positive side, I measured and weighed in this morning and discovered some impressive results. As of this morning, I have lost 5 lbs. I also dropped a half inch from my chest, lower abs and arms. My waist is 2 in. smaller than it was two weeks ago. All in all, I’d say I did exceptionally well…and with minimal efforts. (I’ll be the first to admit that my workouts have been lagging since I started. My schedule has been extremely out of whack!) So, I face the next few weeks with a sense of accomplishment and hope. I am confident that I will continue to make strides toward my goals.

So, screw the food gods! They may have won today’s small battle, but it looks like I’m winning the war! 😉

To a healthier, happier and longer life.