Tag: Diet

Why You Can’t Lose Weight—It’s Right Under Your Nose?

A prestigious business in search of a new CFO tapered its candidates down to two persons of interest. Still undecided, the owner of the business took the candidates out to dinner at a lovely restaurant. Both candidates dressed appropriately. Each asked the perfect questions, creating wonderful and thoughtful conversations. Each of the candidates were compassionate and also passionate about life and the company’s core values. The owner was betwixt as to which one he should hire, that is, until the main course arrived.

One candidate waited until the host picked up his fork to begin eating. She tasted the food. Delighted that the chef had seasoned the dish perfectly, she continued to eat.

The other candidate also waited for the host to pick up his fork, but before this candidate tasted her food, she salted it.

In that moment the owner decided to hit the candidate that tasted the food before she had salted the food.

I remember this story from when I first began interviewing for jobs at 20 years old, fresh out of college. I can’t ever remember being wined and dined to get a job position, but I always understood the concept that you must first test or try what you are doing, before you make a judgment. (cont. below)

(Below is a hypnosis meditation designed to help release anything, including weight.)


With that being said, I have been one who consistently salted my food, usually after I tasted it. I never seemed to get enough salt. In fact, as a chef understanding the need for proper seasoning, spice, and herbs, I always insisted that I had to have a certain amount of salt in my food to taste the spice.

By 50 I was having heart problems, even though I am a health fanatic. I chalked it up to all of my family having heart conditions. Doctors asked if I ate too much salt, but I never considered my usage of salt to be on overkill. That is, I never considered my salt intake until I got married to a man who doesn’t salt his food at all, and who would consistently look at me like I had killed my food ever time I put salt on it (even though, most of the time I was the one who seasoned the food we were eating).

After much discussion about it, I decided I would go salt free for a month and see what happens. Everything tasted completely bland and flavorless to me. It was as if I was just eating for sustenance and nothing else. Interestingly enough, though, four great things happened in that difficult month:

  1. I ate about half the food I normally eat;
  2. I lost weight;
  3. my arthritic condition lessened considerably; and
  4. I was able to wean off of 3/4 of my heart medication.

All of this came from limiting salt intake.

After the first month, I decided that I would add a bit of salt back into my diet. I chose pink Himalayan salt and kosher rock salt with Iodine for the two types of salt I would use. Also, I added Bragg’s liquid aminos, coconut aminos, and some low sodium soy sauce or tamari to some of my food, especially of the Asian variety.

I initially noticed that the amount of salt I needed was minimal to none. I had truly gotten used to tasting the true taste of food and spice. However, I would get a very good idea of the amount of salt that I stopped when I would go out to dinner. I consistently would get bloated and often would eat way too much.

I’ve always have known that sugars are addictive, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that for me, salt was way more addictive. I can understand now why I could sit down to watch television and eat and entire bowl of potato chips, popcorn, or any other salty food. Eating salt, just makes you want to eat more salt.

One other thing I noticed on this endeavor was that I should never eat any food when I am:

  1. watching television;
  2. working;
  3. sitting at my computer; or
  4. doing anything that requires my full attention.

I hope this helps you.

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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).

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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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