The Man and I have each struggled with our weight for years. We have tried Atkins, Weight Watchers, The Zone, Protein Power, starvation...you name it, we've tried it. At the end of last year, I was talking to my friend Pam about what her lifestyle was like. Because, really, it isn't about a diet...it's about a lifestyle change. She recommended Nina Planck's book. Basically, Nina recommends eating natural foods and to stay away from processed, imitation garbage. Read the labels...if you don't recognize what you're reading (or even can't read it!) then don't buy it and don't put that food into your mouth. Step away from the fat free crap....go ahead and eat cheese, have some healthy fats, whole grains, eat your fruits (that's a tough one for me since I'm more of a veggie girl) and veggies, even eat red meat, poultry, pork, and fish. I nibble on dark chocolate and almonds for a pick me up. It seems like such a no-brainer, right? Well...not for us. It took us many years to get to this point. Advertisers are good at making us believe that low fat/fat free=good for you.
So....at the beginning of 2010, we have been eating whole foods. We haven't turned all crunchy-granolafied, but we do feel so much better....and we're losing weight! It's just crazy, right? Could all of that artificial garbage we've been eating hinder our weight loss? Of course it could and it did.
So, here's to a healthier and leaner 2010! Of course....the Snickers and Reese's cups still call my name from time to time, but I don't feel as guilty eating them knowing that the rest of the food I'm eating is good for me.
Oh...and stay the heck away from high fructose corn syrup. That's all. ;)