I recently had a conversation with a co-worker about taking responsibility for our eating. She has recently lost weight but even more importantly, she has changed her way of eating. She used to drink more juice in a day than I do in a year. She has learned that eating the fruit is so much healthier than drinking juice. Juices have so much sugar. She started to eat vegetables for her snacks and she has taken off about 30 pounds.
We talked about all of the health problems that can result with being overweight and unhealthy eating. It must be difficult for physicians to prescribe medication for things that can be controlled by diet and exercise. It is frustrating to me to see people eat whatever they want only to balance the problem with medication. It is a wonderful thing that we have the drugs to manage medical conditions while we work to correct the problem. They should only be used to get you to a healthier place. I think of a broken bone. You can cast it until it heals but then you take it off and go on with your life. That is how I see those medications. Take them as you work to heal or correct the problem. Diet and exercise can do so much!!! ***If you are on medication, do not make any changes to your medication without your doctor’s advice.
Eating healthy isn’t hard, it is just different. Research the things to eat. It is amazing in what you will find. I like to share with you the things that I have found to help me lose 105 pounds. It can be different for everyone. There is no real secret. It is cutting the fat and sugary foods and replacing them with healthier lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods. Preparing your foods with herbs, spices and healthier condiments is delicious as well.
Exercise is also a big part of a healthier life style. You don’t have to do P90X although if you can, that’s great! I lost my weight with walking. When I first started, it was not a long distance. If you are out of shape like I was, you have to build up to it. Anything more than what you are have been doing is better. You body adapts rather quickly so it isn’t hard to add a little more. Set a goal. Walk a mile 3 times a week. Add a little more distance or an extra day. Push yourself a little but don’t over do it. Just like eating, if you hate it or hurt too much, you will not continue long term. Find something that you like.
It is amazing how much better you feel with small changes. I am not a proponent of starving yourself to lose weight. If you have a lot to lose, you need to eat more. It is just more of the healthier foods. As you lose weight, you can cut back a little. For people that have a lot of weight to lose, you can’t expect to eat the same portions that of a person needing to lose 5 or 10 pounds. You can start out that way but after a few days you are so hungry that you give up. Eating healthier is a lifestyle change. If you are going to be uncomfortable or miserable eating this way, you will not stick with it.
Finding new foods and different ways to prepare them makes it easier and more fun! I enjoy finding new recipes and sharing them with my family and friends. I also like to try new foods. I have never been a fish eater but I started eating it since it is a healthy protein. I like to try different types when I go out to a restaurant. I really enjoy it now.
Your new favorite food could be just a meal away!Kathy is a contributing writer at Lindsay Ann Loft. She has been sharing her weight loss story and tips with our readers since 2011. She has a passion for healthy eating and helping others with their journey to a healthier lifestyle.