Ah! Spring time hiking find- wisteria. Fantastic. If I could only find a way for smell-o-vision. ;)
Here are a few articles that I enjoyed reading. Weight loss, Weight Maintenance and overall health are very effected by the food we eat.
Yoni Freedhoff's article at USA today - second hand junk food really rang a bell with me. I've got to admit- until I switched over to a cleaner way of eating, I contributed to second hand junk food. I'm not proud of this, but I've forgiven myself and now make amends by bringing clean food to potlucks and shared meals.
What works- walking the talk
What did not work bringing the latest baked good from Costco in a large tub. (this walk made me large)
From Gnolls.org- There is another level above "I'm doing fine" - wow! I can totally relate to this article. My health is far, far above where I expected to be when I started loosing weight. Not only am I a normal weight (for almost 14 months now), but my overall health is greatly improved. I was not sick this winter (not even a cold!), I'm stronger than I ever have been before ( I call these accidental muscles!) I have more clarity, better sleep.
What works- eating whole, low inflammatory, lower carbohydrate foods, lots of veggies, protein, olive, coconut oils, with some nuts and berries thrown in.
What did not work- eating high inflammatory foods (wheat/processed sugar/vegetable oils), not eating enough whole foods, eating "low fat treats" like ice cream, 100 calorie packs, and pizza.
Article from Discover Magazine on food being addictive (original article here)
Yes, Yes, and nodding Yes. Jumping up and down yes. I found certain foods to be very addictive.
What works- being tough, not moderate. I do not eat foods that trigger me to overeat. Certain foods Are. My. Drug. I accept this, and live this. I'm at a great level of health. So now, I thank my addictive brain for the extra level of life that I get from my diet and lifestyle. I swam and stopped sinking. I owned this stuff. Roar!
What did not work- eating "everything in moderation". Holy FAT trap, Batman. There are just certain foods that trigger me. And I kept trying to eat them. Because so many people told me I should. And, like a good little lemming- I followed those people right off the cliff and into obesity for many years. I missed the clarity I needed to change up and find something that worked.
Stepping off soap box now......
It took a solid 8-10 weeks off trigger food- wheat/grains, processed sugar for the brain flog to clear and to cross that bridge. Sweetness that a cupcake does not have. Richness that the best bar cookie could not bring.
Happy Easter- if you Celebrate. Celebrate food sober. Life and health are not in Easter candy.