My Way of Losing Weight & Eating Healthy/ Will Power
I'll spare you my wordy presentation but in a nutshell losing weight is not so hard:
1. All of us have the will to control our destiny. We don't need to rely on others to guide us to better health and eating.
2. Our family medical history is different. So, how can a diet cookbook be for all to use? The diet book is designed to show drastic weight loss to convince you it works. But its maintaining the lost weight that counts.
3. As torturous as it is on the diet, can you sustain this life style. Is it natural for you to follow and do you actually like it?
4. Stress, anxiety, all impact our eating habits. It' the comfort food that makes us feel better.
5. Massive advertising is making it almost impossible to get on the right path to eating healthy.
6. Massive research by food manufacturers knows what makes us buy their foods. If it sweet, they made a sale, Carbohydrates makes us feel full.
7. We haven't changed our eating habits from when we were kids. Our bodies change, our life style slows down.
8. Everywhere we look, sugar, sugar, carbo, carbo everywhere!
9. The worst foods are so cheap to buy, each and convenient.
10. THERE IS HOPE!
11. I am a type 2 diabetic with high blood pressure. Yes, I was on Metformin (control sugar) and Lisinopril and Bayer aspirin (control high blood pressure).
12. My PCP of over 20 years left her practice in a clinic due to the clinic being acquired by a larger medical facility. New PCP and organization focused on volume than quality of care. Went 1 year without being monitored (even I need discipline when it comes to my health).
13. I cheated for the full year, hamburgers, pasta, ice cream and mind you I have a 13 year old daughter at the time.
14. The turning point was when I needed a refil of Lisonopril and was called in for a chekup. Well, my A1C was 7.3 from 6.1.
15. That was the point when I said to myself, I get to get my act together. I weaned myself off of Metformin and the recommendation was to go back.
16. I firmly believe that drug use is too much. I knew I could get my A1C back down by myself.
17. Ok, during the day I'm most active, so limited carbo is ok and if you can get use to whole wheat, whole grain or even cauliflower wraps.
18. Focus on fiber fruits and vegetables in moderation. Fiber impacts the sugar moderation. Always check on google if the fruit or vegetable is ok. In the beginning it might be a pain in the butt, but after awhile you'll know whats ok and what's not.
19. At around 8 pm. avoid all carbos. It's tough but you'll see a difference the next morning when you take your blood test.
20. Each day take a brisk walk. Although the weather is scorching, wait until later that eening. 15 minutes everyday.
21. Use Monk Fruit/ Stevia, a natural substitute for sugar. Discard the artificial sweeteners.
22. Be strong but rid yourself of soda and diet soda.
23. Dinner meals, avoid white rice, white pasta but substitute with handful of brown rice and handful whole wheat pasta.
24. Tempting to buy oatmeal but those pkg serving has sugar. Better to use fruit and Monkfruit/Stevia to add sweetness. Steel Oats is much better.
25. In the beginning, its very difficult to make a change, it gradul but you'll be able to enjoy ingredients you enjoy and time is on your side.
It's frustrating and will test your will power but you can do it.
Diet books are a money maker. Not for us. If anything using their diet books will harm our body instead of helping. The drastic extremes can cause more problems for our body plus no effort to help you maintain your weight goal achieved.
Lastly, there are no shortcuts, but you can eat what you like with plenty of substitutes available. Moderation is key
Chef Woo Can