Category: Weight Gain

Listening to Your Body and Your Hunger…

When Dieting we consider many concepts, ideas, attitudes about what is important and what isn’t. But how many of us have simply just stopped to listen to our body? I’m not talking about listening to the voice of the brain that chatters on about tempting things we shouldn’t be eating. I want you to consider for a minute that every moment, every second, your body knows exactly what you need to survive. You’re thirsty when you need hydration. You crave certain food when your body needs specific content and vitamins. And, mostly, when you are full, you actually have what’s called an appestat in your brain that tells you when to stop eating. However, we have simply stopped listening to our bodies, because we are mostly eating on the run, living on the run, and never stop.

Make it a practice to eat with no devices turned on. Don’t answer phone calls, watch television, scan the web, or make idle chat while eating. Simply taste each bite. I good extra practice is to chew your food enough times to remember every hand that had to touch your food before it has gotten to your plate and give thanks to each person responsible for the nutrition that you are gleaning from each bite… each morsel.

If we could do just this much, we could probably never have to diet again. I’ve been on this conscious eating plan for a while now and the extra flab is just falling off. I can also see, as I stay conscious of my bad habits sneaking back in, when and where I need to work on making a shift in consciousness about certain food. For instance, today, I wanted a sandwich with protein and decided on a half of a bagel instead of an entire one. The choice was perfect. I didn’t feel heavy and full after I ate. In fact, I was even able to swim a few laps about 30 minutes after dinner.

This evening when I normally would have snacked on something like popcorn or a couple dates with nut butter, instead I ate just a 1/2 of an orange. It was actually enough.

Let’s be satisfied with enough.

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Two Days a Week Can Change Your Heart Health

I took one of my dearest friends for his 50-year colonoscopy. As I waited in the lobby of the hospital, I spent much time wondering if I should have the exam, as well. I considered my recent healthy and unhealthy choices and wondered if I would come out on the side of cancer free.

Unfortunately, my friend did not get so lucky. That day is now firmly adhered to my brain. I could never walk away from the idea that I am the only one who can create health for my own body.

“My choices, my health!” is now my motto.

Even though no one would consider me overweight, my cholesterol tests and heart exams were declining every year. When I had to begin statins to lower my cholesterol, I decided to go back to being a vegetarian or a vegan to see if a diet change would make a difference in my LDL (bad cholesterol). To my surprise, my doctor was more than just onboard, he recommended a vegan diet. In fact, he told me that all of his vegan patients have lowered their LDL with a completely plant-based diet. Most were able to get off of the statins completely.  I went home and began planning for an immediate diet change.

I didn’t want to freak out my body and mind, so I decided I would start a slow plan with a plant-based diet for a couple of days a week. When I cooked the household meals from one of the vegetarian cookbooks I had written in the past, everyone in the house would want to join me in eating. Even my mother, whose sour-puss face hates when people refuse her food for another, actually joined in a few times.  I had actually forgotten how much I enjoyed cooking. Plus, I did not realize how much easier vegetable-based food was to digest.

What older adults do not realize until too late is that meat becomes more and more difficult to digest as adults get older.

Red meat can spend up to 3 days in the colon. It rots there as a mucous covers it, while the body waits to digest it. However, if you continue to eat the same amount of animal protein every day, then your body never has time to remove those pockets of undigested meat from the colon. These particulates turn into hard black matter and ultimately cause problems in the colon. Personally, I feel this is the beginning of all colon disease.

After about a month of eating plant-based for 2-3 days a week, I moved up to 5 days a week being a pseudo-vegan, which left me 2 days a week with just one portion of meat or fish each day. By the end of two months, no one could force me to go back to being a 7-day-a-week carnivore.

I had lost 9 pounds without even trying.

  1. My stomach was not bloated after eating.
  2. I was having one—if not two—easy bowel movements a day.
  3. Interestingly enough, I felt younger and looked younger.
  4. Even my doctor shared that my LDL went to a very safe number after just two months of changing my diet. I was able to get off of the statin.

 

In the past 1 1/2 years of being a full-fledged vegan, I have written a Vegan Cookbook called Angel Feast. The recipes are simple, easy, and rarely costly—certainly not as expensive as meat, ever. My husband and I spend less the $100 a week on groceries, cooking 95% of our meals at home.

 

 

My cookbook explains:

  • how to make the protein conversion from meat to plant-based protein;
  • suggests a palate of food and spices for your shopping list; and then
  • helps you plan meals that are completely plant-based without every feeling you are missing a thing.

Truly, the only feeling you will miss is feeling nauseous and bloated.

Go to the following link and buy a copy of the Kindle Version of the book and you’ll get a special price this week: ONLY $3.99.

Yes, that’s right! I want the people I love to have this book for as cheap as I could arrange it with the publishers. Download it, even if you don’t think you’ll make the shift for a while. When you get a wake up call to be more heart-healthy, this book will be ready and waiting on your bookshelf.

While my husband, David, is working on constructing the printed version of Angel Feast with the amazing pictures you have been seeing on Facebook and Instagram (the cost will be in the $15 range), you can get this Kindle version with the pictures on a dedicated web page, to keep the cost even lower. Just $3.99 for a lifetime of heart healthy food that you’ll never want to stop eating. I promise.

Happy and Healthy Eating,

Your Friend, Bo

 

 

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Sticking to the Carb-Free Diet!

Every time I watch television, something airs that reminds me of a flavor from my childhood food—the junk, the pizza, the Italian pastas, the desserts, the potato chips—the salty and sweet rollercoaster that kept me and continues to taunt me into digestive hell. How do we resolve the past desires and get on with the healthiest #carbfreediet for our bodies (full stop)?

I’ve been thinking about this a great deal lately, as I know that everything I dream, everything I see during the day, even the smells in the air cause the neural pathways of my brain to trigger. Then, symptoms of the past come up—this includes hunger and a distinct desire for specific foods.

I know this from my study of psychology:

When you understand the trigger, and you begin to watch out for it, you can often talk yourself out of the problem issue.

If you happen to be at the movie theater. You smell popcorn and butter. You can tell yourself that what you smell is actually piped into the theater to make you desire to eat jacked up prices on popcorn that costs you $6 and costs the theater about .20 cents. The same with candy commercials before the movie and that amusement park 3-D ride that leads you to a cold, frosty soda. All of these are meant to trigger your hunger and taste for these foods.

I went to the movies to see a film I wasn’t all that into seeing last weekend, because my mother’s birthday was this week. She had to the see the show. What little it takes for me to just sit quietly in a nice theater with reclining chairs and fall asleep, if I want, to satisfy someone dear to me. It took nothing but the $10 to get it. However, about 3/4 into the movie, my sister handed me a container of popcorn smothered with that pseudo butter. After eating just one handful, my fingers were drenched with grease and my stomach was already getting queazy. 

We were to go to dinner after the movie, so I didn’t think to bring a healthy snack. My bad. When the popcorn was passed my way, I ate it—all of it. This was a big mistake. not because it was all that many calories or that it was too unhealthy, but because I have to answer to one person when it comes to my own health. If I don’t listen to him, who can I trust to take care of me?

In other words, if you are not prepared to be the caregiver of your own body, to monitor what goes into your body at all times, then you are not ready to lose weight and get back into shape. If you have the kind of a laissez-faire attitude about staying healthy and keeping healthy, you’ll never keep the weight off. 

Diet is a life change. It must be a soul commitment to yourself—the highest soul commitment you can make. 

When I see people who have a lot of money continually eat expensive, rich food and pounds of meat daily, I wonder if they realize just how long their bodies will be able to take the abuse. All the money in the world is worth absolutely nothing if you have a heart attack and die from your obsessive need to eat food that is over seasoned with butters, creams, and simple carbs (sugar, flour, potatoes, white rice, and bread).

Read my next blog, and I’ll share with you some ideas about how to be prepared when the triggers come or give me a call for a plan to get you back in shape and on to a plan that will work for your life: 954-253-6493.

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