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
-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
-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.