Alright, in the previous post I kind of touched base on what I have been doing over the past two months to help me in losing weight. Well this post is going to go a little more in-depth. I got the concept from the book “The Plan” by Lyn Genet. Basically, you learn which types of foods are reactive to your body (make you gain weight or not lose weight) and which foods are good for you. However, in her book it requires you to buy some pretty hefty (pricey) food items. Which, being a single mother, I am not able to afford. So, I took the concept and ran with it in my own direction.
One of the easiest ways to know if the food you are eating is reacting negatively with your body is by the way your body reacts. I know, sounds cooky right? Well, ever eat something and 10 min later your bloated or your stomach aches, maybe some other unpleasant things happen? That’s because of the food you ate. To give you an example, I cannot eat anything that contains gluten. When I eat products that contain gluten (like wheat or white bread) I am instantly bloated and miserable. So, I have learned to stay away from it. Also, another great way to know if the food you ate doesn’t agree is by the scale. I weigh myself every morning, first thing. If I lose ounces or pounds I know that the food I ate the day before is good for me. If I even gain an ounce from a food I ate I cut it out completely. Yep, I don’t eat it again! OK, I know I am going off a little bit but I want you to kinda get the concept of what I am talking about. Alright, onto the nitty gritty.
On the very first day I started this change I weighed myself first thing in the morning and wrote it down (I keep a journal of my weight and weight loss to help keep me on track). Second, I began drinking protein shakes for breakfast and dinner, I ate a banana and almonds for snacks, for lunch I had a healthy choice meal and I drank plenty of water. I didn’t introduce any new foods until day 3. On day 3 I only introduced 1 new food item and weighed myself the next morning. I lost weight and knew that I could eat that food. I continue doing this even after 2 months. If i gain weight off of a new food introduced then I will not eat that food again, if I lose weight then it’s a good food to keep around. It may seem like a lot to do, but it truly helps you understand your body better and understand which foods are bad and good for you. It is also important to pay attention to even the smallest food item you introduce. A few weeks ago I bought walnut oil to start cooking with and I used it for a week straight while introducing new foods (not thinking the oil as food). I was literally at a stand still with my weight! I was so frustrated because I could not figure out what was going on. It finally took my mom telling me to change the oil. ~Haha~ It didn’t occur to me that the walnut oil would be the culprit to my stand-off with weight loss. So, the point is to make sure you watch what you introduce into your diet.
To give you an idea of what I eat on a daily basis, here is what I munched on yesterday.
Breakfast and dinner protein shake
A little mid-morning snack (1 banana and handful of almonds)
Lunch (Cabbage sautéed in olive oil with chicken sausage, garlic, and onions)
Mid-afternoon snack (serving size amount)
My mid-night snack (roasted green beans with olive oil, garlic and parmesan on top)
I eat/drink about every 2 to 2 1/2 hours. I try to stay between 1200-1300 calories a day and y biggest meal is lunch that is usually about 350 calories. It was hard the first couple of weeks that I started eating this way because my body was used to eating large portions 3 times a day, not small portions 6 times a day. However, after 2 months I can literally tell you what time it is without looking at a clock. This is because I am used to eating at specific times of the day and my body knows it. I never find myself hungry or wanting more food. My energy level is off the charts compared to before and I feel amazing! It’s hard to believe that everything can change by just eating healthy, yummy food.
Until next time, stay strong and carry on!