Category: Weight Gain

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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Hungry and on a Diet… What Do You Do?

I have been on a simple carb free diet for about a month. I have lost 12 pounds and my husband has lost 16 pounds, or “a stone and a quarter” as he would say in Ireland. They weigh in stones in Ireland (14 pounds for one stone).

We have done fine on this diet, in fact, incredibly successful. Actually, David has been much stronger and than I when it comes craving the simple carbs. He doesn’t eat salt. He doesn’t snack on sweets. He hasn’t ever really used excess salt. He eats fruit or something that is flavored or sweetened with fruit for snacks.

As a result, he took the reigns when it came to replacing my sweet attacks at night. I would help with meals, cooking without any simple carbs except one staple that is the best almost simple carb you can eat: brown jasmine rice, with a 10 super grain mix, and almonds.  We eat this with beans or sometimes with a vegetable mixture with different sauces.

When we eat snacks such as hummus or guacamole, we eat the toppings on cucumber, roasted peppers, and celery. I was amazed to see that with this change, suddenly all of the extra weight we had wanted to lose with simple exercise and a vegan diet, suddenly fell off in a month, no less.

Our typical activity together throughout the day is to swim a few laps every day and do yoga twice a week. David also lifts weights and does cardiovascular work at the gym. For me, I try to do muscle exercises in the swimming pool, as I used to teach alternative exercises for people with physical injuries. So, I have developed some specialized exercises for the water to help me maintain muscle, which have worked perfectly for a 56 years old.

With all of these changes and the feeling that we are actually accomplishing what we have intended, you would think that I would be happy enough with the results that I would want to continue on this path. However, for me (not for Dave) I have been feeling the need to have pasta, doughnuts, and anything sweet I can get my hands on. I particularly want pasta, which I have had at least once a week in some form (in soup or with tomato sauce or a specialty sauce like pesto or a Greek olive and eggplant sauce) for my entire life.

What I have realized is that if I have just the sauce, I am often satisfied.

Last night I was really hungry for pasta after watching “The Sopranos,” which we are binge watching—our favorite way to watch television. We get to watch the show together from beginning to end On Demand. It’s a great way to bond and be excited together when you turn on the television.

My other two suggestions are simple substitution:

If you are hungry at night for something sweet, always have dates on hand. They are more sweet then any fruit. Two or three dates usually keeps me satisfied and quite regular, I might add.

If you are hungry for something salty, you can always have some of your favorite dips with vegetables instead of crackers or chips. Remember that “salty snacks” are just as bad for your heart and habit forming as the sweet snacks.

If you’re like me, you go through the salt phase, then sugar, then salty again, until you get sick to your stomach from the never ending chain of events. Together, we simply stopped buying anything with salt already on it, such as potato chips and corn chips, the latter was our favorite.

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Losing “2” Sizes: The Simple Carb Challenge

My husband and I set out on a Vegan diet a while back. Actually, he had been vegan for 3 years. In the past I had been vegetarian or vegan for 27 of my 56 years. Even though, 27 years seems like a great deal of time to spend learning the ways of a plant-based human, it doesn’t let you in on the proper way to hone your diet for weight loss.

David had always been told that you can eat as many carbs as you want to as a vegan. “When you’re hungry, eat!” he was coerced by many online vegan guides and practitioners. However, what these guides never shared was the difference between a simple carb and a complex carbohydrate. Maybe they did and Dave wasn’t aware of the difference, but nonetheless, he shared this with me. So, we set out on a diet together. We both fell in the trap of eating too many simple carbs. As I was part of this problem, serving pastas and eating tortillas with my guacamole and the like, I didn’t help the problem.

You guessed it. Eating as many carbs of any kind as you want is a fallacy and way to good to be true. Calories are calories. When calories come in the form of rapidly digested sugars, as in simple carbs, you run the risk of gaining weight and keeping that weight on, even when you exercise daily.

Dave complained and I listened until I heard that he really wanted to make a change. When I heard the need to find an answer, we found that together we would try going without simple carbs almost completely, with exception of two simple carbs (brown jasmine rice and the occasional popcorn popped in coconut oil with no salt and adding nutritional yeast for B-12. This was 2 months ago.

So, you may be asking, if you are not understanding of the terms simple and complex carbs, “What exactly is the difference?”

Simple Carbs

  • Breads and pastries of all kinds
  • Simple sugars and anything with sugar (especially refined sugar) in it. This means almost all dessert that are not right from nature.
  • Potatoes: mashed, fried, French fries, baked, boiled, broiled. Nada!
  • Rice, especially white rice should be off of your list.
  • Even those whole grain breads that tout that they are so good for you are a large source of weight gain.

Complex Carbs

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • All natural sources of sweeteners, except things like corn syrup and most of what is called maple syrup. (When you are dealing with sugar substitutes, do a great deal of research.) The only one I’m able to tolerate without it spiking my sugars (as in diabetes) is Agave Nectar. 
  • Some people, however, can’t even tolerate agave. Remember that Agave nectar does come from a fruit plant. So, even though it is sweet, it doesn’t make my sugar go up.

I also find that Dates (especially the fresh ones from Turkey) are a great source of natural sugar. When I’m hungry for something sweet, a date is my go-to fruit. Also, a date is actually the fruit. It is not a dried plum or something like a raisin. Dates come from the date palm and are delicious, if you’ve never tried them. I know that for a long time I put them in the same class as prunes, which I think we all have had a bad experience with. Trust me, they are not similar at all. Dates do not cause you go run to the bathroom after an hour.

In conclusion, David and I have been off of simple carbs almost completely for two months, except for the occasional cheat (2x a week). We tend to exercise almost every day. I swim and Dave lifts weights and does cardio exercise.

As a result of this regimen we have been successful in losing 15-30 pounds. Dave, 30,  and me 15 pounds. Dave lost 2 pants sizes and I have lost one pants size. (Well, let’s just say that I can now fit into my old clothes again and stay away from the 4 pieces of fat clothing I bought in case I gained weight.)

If you need help with motivation, this is one of the main things I do for a living. I have helped thousands of people lose weight using these ideas combined with hypnosis for motivation. I also have been trained to work with people who have gone through weight loss surgery. This is a grave problem in America today. Weight loss surgery is not a solid fix to weight gain. Many people lose weight and then gain back more when they realize they can stretch out the tiny stomach they now have. Weight loss should be done with the counsel of someone who knows his or her facts and understands the psychology of weight gain. I have studied both and worked at major hospitals helping individuals and c0-leading and leading groups with famous psychiatrists about this very tenuous subject.

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