Healthy Eating, Redefining Self!

I have a diet plan!

While I’m calling it a diet plan what I really mean is a lifestyle change. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but the new “craze” out there is take out sugar and sugar substitutes and carbs and instead eating healthy fats. I’ve been doing a lot of reading, researching and talking. I’m willing to give this a try and check my cholesterol and weight changes to see how well it works. Do my own “research”.

The thing that scares me is that after my Mom’s heart attack she was told to eat low fat and low cholesterol foods. Research shows however, that it’s not so much the fat that is the culprit as sugar is. Fat is digested in such a way that it doesn’t hang around the body. It gets used and then “leaves”. Where as sugar does not. Sugar, as they say, hangs around the body, turns into fat and it’s what is clogging your arteries. By eating low fat you’re getting the opposite effect as what you are looking for! They take out the fat but they replace it with sugar so you have some taste. It is better for you, they say, to eat the full fat product instead. To avoid the cholesterol issues you eat healthy fats and high fiber. Fiber binds to bad (LDL) cholesterol and lowers and keeps your cholesterol at healthy levels.

I am starting my new lifestyle change with the 21-day Sugar Detox. While I tend to be one of those people to find the word “detox” a “bad word” I bought and have read the book, The 21-day Sugar Detox Daily Guide by Diane Sanfilippo, and understand her meaning behind detox and why she keeps the word. I have found reading the intro increased my understanding of her ideas. Basically it means for me, to learn a new and healthier way of eating and to re-train yourself to enjoy healthier Whole Foods instead of the processed and low fat sugary foods.

So, no more bakery for me! But one of the things I identified with her on in her introduction is that I don’t feel very well most of the time. I am tired, sluggish, achy, hangry (hungry plus angry) I take food with me wherever I go because I’m afraid to crash, I get dizzy and sick feeling. It is explained in this book that is due to the sugary crap I’m eating and eating healthy Whole Foods without the sugar and eating the healthy fats will fix those things! I’m super excited to see if it works the way “they all” say it will.

I’m on the pre-detox week. Day one. I have finished the intro and ready to start on Day one. In this week we learn the “rules” and the “yes no list” basically we learn to understand the diet and learn where sugar hides. We write down what we are eating so we can compare the before and after. She has nice little encouragements with each day as well, which I need a lot of! I’m anxious to start on next week but also understand the importance of a prep- week. I need to clean out my cupboards and fridge, grocery shop and fully understand this diet before jumping in and feeling over my head and being confused.

I’m a bit worried about the amount of time I will be spending in the kitchen. I’m feeling as thought I have to change my thought processes. This is not only a lifestyle change in the way I eat but also in the way I live my life! I like to get a box of something and make dinner real fast. Or grab a couple quick ingredients and make it quick and easy. I hate to cook and clean the kitchen. I start to feel like my whole life is about preparing food, eating food and cleaning up after. I really hate that. So, I have to change my mindset. Do, you want to feel better? Do you want to get your weight back down? Do you want to be able to buy the clothes you want to wear? So, this week is going to be a week of preparation in more ways than one. But, I’m feeling committed to change and willing to do what it takes to get healthy.

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