*DISCLAIMER, I AM NOT A DOCTOR OR MEDICAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL. ALL IDEAS DISCUSSED AND DESCRIBED IN THIS POST ARE MY OWN AND ARE NOT MEANT TO TREAT OR DIAGNOSE. IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION PLEASE SPEAK WITH YOUR DOCTOR.
The number one question I’ve received is, “What are you eating?” Usually followed by more inquires about my specific diet plan or what company I’m affiliated with. Rest assured, I’m not trying to sell you anything. I am not affiliated with any weight loss plan. Besides becoming an Amazon affiliate to help offset some of the cost of starting this blog, I’m not associated with any company or program. I’m just a regular stay at home mom who has always had a passion for cooking and a desire to become a better, healthier version of myself.
I grew up on a steady fast food diet. By the time I was in my late teens I was obese, I had an autoimmune disorder, and I didn’t know how to make myself better. I tried pills, fads, programs, gym memberships, and personal trainers but eating poorly was so ingrained in me none of those things ever lasted long. I was an emotional eater, a bored eater, a TV eater, a binge eater; food controlled me.
By the time I met my husband in my 20’s I was over 200lbs.
For the last 6 years I have applied myself to studying nutrition and the proper way to fuel our bodies. The human body was designed to repair itself. In January I was ready to put my body to the test.
January 3, 2017 we stopped eating out and we kicked processed food to the curb. I was 212lbs.
Today, April 6, 2017 I weighed in at 166lbs.
46lbs! In a little over 3 months.
The question everyone wants answered, how did I do it?
It’s simple. If it comes from the earth and is unprocessed, I eat it.
I limit grain, most days I do not eat it at all. About twice a week I’ll have a half a cup of organic brown rice or a couple mini muffins that contain organic oats, that are not fortified with folic acid.
I limit dairy. I’d say I don’t eat it at all but In the interest of full disclosure, and because ya’ll will probably see it on my instagram stories anyway, I do eat a little bit of cheese here or there. Somethings are just too good to give up. Like parmesan and cheddar.
I do not eat sugar, with the exception of a little bit of raw local honey or Grade A/B organic maple syrup. Sugar is what yeast needs to grow. Most of America has a leaky gut; toxic overload of bacterial imbalance, and sugar fuels the fire. If you are eating processed, prepackaged, middle of the grocery store foods you really can’t avoid these things. There are a few products that are out there, the market for them is growing everyday, but nutrition from real food can’t be beat.
I eat loads of veggies. I try to eat the rainbow everyday and I do it up heavy on the green. Vegetables are the majority of what I eat at every meal.
I limit fruit, it has naturally occurring sugars that I don’t want to overload myself with while I’m trying to lose weight. For example, I’ll eat a half an apple or a half a banana and a handful of berries in a smoothie and thats about all the fruit I eat in a day. Except for lemons. Lemons don’t count.
Eggs, meat, alternative flours (coconut, almond, and cassava), oils (coconut, avocado, and olive), nuts, seeds, and dark chocolate are some other examples of what I eat.
WATER. I drink at least 10 8oz glasses a day. Your body needs it to release the toxins and to make your bowels move, which is obviously important when you’re trying to lose weight.
At meals I remind myself that my stomach is only as big as my fist, if I eat any more than that it can cause distention. Eating in this manner means that I tend to eat a little more frequently. I usually eat 3 meals a day and 1-2 snacks interspersed, not all days though.
The best thing about eating this way is that it’s NOT a diet. It’s exactly the way we all should be eating. I’ve been successful largely in part because I prepare all of my own food. By preparing it myself I can have the chocolate chip cookie because it’s made with honey and almond flour instead of heavily processed, nutrient starved flour and tons of sugar.
No secrets, no plan, just eating the right foods, in the right portions and making sure I’m armed with the right tools, so that even on nights I don’t feel like cooking, I don’t call the pizza man.