5 Pounds of Success

Today, I feel delighted about how I’ve committed to getting back to eating well after my holidays…with the ultimate goal of achieving a healthy weight.

Since coming back from my vacation, 5 days ago, I’ve lost 5.2 pounds. Now, a whole bunch of this is probably water, and that’s just fine with me. My body is getting rid of whatever it doesn’t need right now. The result? I feel great!

In those past five days, I have eaten when I was hungry. I eat whatever I want, but I choose to include only the foods that I feel are ideal for health.

My two main food groups are vegetables and fruit. They come first. Next, I include legumes, nuts/seeds and some grains. I also include some soy or almond milk in smoothies or to mix with oatmeal. Lastly, I add omega-3 foods like ground flax seeds, hemp seeds or chia seeds to dishes. The only other food group I put in some meals that I haven’t mentioned is seaweed/sea vegetables like kelp or dulse.

Within this selection of foods, which are all plant-based, I get all the nutrients I need, which include:

-Lean Protein, Complex Carbohydrates and Good Fats



-Vitamin D

-Omega 3’s


-Other vitamins and minerals

The only thing I need to stay on top of, to make sure I have it regularly is soy milk, or other specific plant-based beverages, fortified with Vitamin D and B12.

Foods I Avoid...or try to have as little as possible (perfection I am not after…life requires some flexibility)

-Meat (beef, pork, chicken, fish)…I may treat myself to seafood now and again


-Dairy products

-Processed food (basically the packaged stuff)

-Processed oil (added oil)…I will of course happily eat plant-based foods that naturally have oil, like olives, nuts and seeds

Foods I Limit (or try to limit)

-Wheat, pasta, bread, crackers


Huge Benefits to Eating This Way

Although I have not eaten this way on a long-term basis, here is what I can tell you about how it has benefited me.

1. I don’t think about how much food or what kind of food I am eating…because it is all healthy and fairly low in calories. Now, I’m not going to sit down and eat two avocados or a big bowl full of nuts because that is too heavy in fats…even if they are good fats. If I did that once in a while, however, it would be no big deal. If I did it often, then I would just gain weight.

2. I’ve lost 5.2 pounds in 5 days…weight loss is usually easy at first, but if I keep this up, I should find my way to my ideal body weight. My body will tell me.

3. I feel engergetic…not sluggish.

4. I am more patient and less irritated by life’s little annoyances.

5. I am happier.

3 thoughts on “5 Pounds of Success

  1. I see I first wrote that comment in September and now it’s after Christmas. I’m thrilled to report I haven’t gained 1 ounce. In fact, I may even have lost one more pound since I last wrote. My body must be telling me I’m at my ideal weight and that I’m doing things right, for me. Yay! Good luck to you, as you go forward. Write again in March :)? I’d love to hear how you do..

  2. I always admire people who give up meat. I aim to eat healthy, too – but include more foods on my OK list than you do. I couldn’t survive without eggs, low-fat dairy (like yogurt), and lean meat. I did give up alcohol, baked goods, and of course the dreaded processed foods. I drink a lot of green tea now. I’ve lost 33 pounds in 10 months and have maintained that weight loss for about 4 months. I agree… it feels great!

    1. Hi Vinny,
      First off…congrats on your weight loss! 33 pounds is a great number. In fact, I would love to lose 33 pounds between now and min-March. I will keep you in my mind as motivation. Keep up the good work!

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