WTF Did I Just Eat!?

I wanted to live dangerously this weekend so I decided to try a healthy option of ice cream. The last time I tried an ice cream that was “sugar free” I came close to blowing a hole through my toilet. All I could remember was how my bowels boxed my colon for about three days.

As I started down the ice cream aisle I found a brand called Enlightened. This ice cream claimed their pints were high in protein and high fiber with low sugar and low fat. What the hell?! I bought two.

I’m proud to say that I made it through the weekend without any explosions from ANY location. To be honest, this ice cream is fantastic! The mint taste compares to the mint chocolate chip at Baskin Robbins. The only difference is after eating THIS ice cream I don’t want to punch myself in the face.

Guilt free ice cream is a dream come true. So stop dreaming friends! Get Enlightened about eating good for you ice cream. (See what I did there?)

BTW: I am not getting paid for this. Although I should! 😂🙌🏼👊🏼

Giving Up Flour & Sugar Is Ruff!

Flour

Over the past several years I have written about my different experiences with eating certain foods, blending smoothies and cutting out carbs. It’s been interesting to try a specific way of eating to see how my body would or would not react to it.

Now after a lot of trials and errors (ha) and working with my awesome doctor, I think we have found the best approach for me. There are so many different diets out there like Ketogenic, Paleo, Atkins, etc. Everyone has their own success by doing what works best for them. So we have taken little bits from each way of eating and worked it into something that I am able to live with… so far.

One of the main ingredients that I have removed from my food list is flour and sugar. Now you might be thinking the same thing I thought, “Duh, it doesn’t take a genius to figure that out.” However, I didn’t expect how quickly I would see results just by reducing or eliminating those two ingredients. I have also learned how to read labels which is something I never really did. I was shocked to see how many carbs are in a single piece of gum.

Check back often as I will continue to post updates, recipes, and random tricks that I continue to learn along the way.

About the photo above – My friend sent me a picture of her two dogs with the following note attached: “They ate an entire package of cinnamon apple bread mix, ripped into the largest bag of flour you can buy, pasta, and other stuff.  The flour was not the regular one, the HUGE one. That is dough formed in Tashi’s under bite!”

Different City. Different View. Different Machines. Same Mission!

There was a saying in the movie “Eat Pray Love” that stayed with me. It was the following:

In the end, I’ve come to believe in something I call “The Physics of the Quest.” A force in nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity. The rule of Quest Physics goes something like this: If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.

I have left behind all that is familiar to me and set out on an amazing journey where the canvass is blank. It’s been scary and challenging, but every day I’m learning more about myself and the possibilities to what I can achieve are endless.

So while I’m in a different city, using different machines and looking out at a different view, I’m still going after my weightloss goal. The woman asked if I wanted a trainer and I politely declined, because I have my trainer. Jeramy and Bob at Better Bodies have given me the tools that I needed to succeed. So as I am geographically in a different place for the moment, my heart is always with my Better Bodies family in Tucson. I’m excited to return home and to show them that their time and effort was not wasted on someone who didn’t believe, but instead achieved so much more than just weightloss but truly a life worth loving and living!

Stay tuned for more…

A Diet So Easy A Caveman Can Do It!

The DASH diet took the first place spot in U.S. News’ second-ever ranking of the best diet plans — for the second year in a row. The undefeated DASH, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, actually wasn’t developed with weight loss in mind; instead, it aims to lower blood pressure. But it earned high marks from a panel of experts for its safety, nutritional merit and usefulness for chronic disease sufferers.

The DASH diet was developed to help prevent and treat hypertension, but it was meant to work in conjunction with other healthful behaviors, such as getting at least 30 minutes of exercise each day and drinking alcohol in moderation. There’s no secret trick to the DASH eating plan — just an emphasis on low-salt, high-fiber fare, like eight to 10 daily servings of fruits and vegetables for a standard 2,000 calorie-per-day diet. It limits high-calorie sweets and meats that are high in saturated fat. Instead, in addition to fresh produce, the diet calls for fat-free or low-fat dairy, whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds, and nuts. The DASH diet prescribes a lower sodium intake — either the recommended 2,300 mg in the standard version or 1,500 mg for people who are more susceptible to, or already diagnosed with, hypertension, according to The Mayo Clinic.

Its simple, sensible recommendations — developed in concert with The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) — earned it an endorsement from the National Institutes of Health. That involvement makes it cheap and readily accessible: the NIH provides free guides for the DASH diet — a 64-page version and a shorter, 6-page cheat sheet and there are no prepackaged foods to purchase.

The U.S. News diet rating system was developed by a panel of 22 weight loss and nutrition experts across the country. Each expert reviewed diets based on seven measures: short-term weight loss, long-term weight loss, easiness, nutrition, safety, ability to prevent or manage diabetes, and ability to prevent or manage heart disease. Each diet then received an overall composite score.

The DASH diet won best-overall and also ranked first in “best diets for healthy eating” and “best diabetes diets.” Its lowest score was a ninth rank for “best weight-loss diet.” Studies show that the diet can lead to weight loss, though research has focused on overweight and obese individuals who already suffer from high blood pressure (between 130 and 159 mm Hg). One 2010 study found that overweight and obese hypertension patients who followed the DASH diet in conjunction with exercise and weight loss classes lost more weight over four months (an average 9.5 pounds) than counterparts who simply followed DASH eating plans (8 pounds) — and both did better than a control group of participants who continued their typical diet and received basic weight loss advice (an average of 3 pounds).

Does that mean it will work for you? It depends. The panel suggested that a DASH diet planned with a “calorie deficit” — in which a dieter simply reduced their overall daily calories, but stuck to the diet guidelines — could help improve weight loss. And given its high score for ease of use, it may be a good option for many. After all, an effective diet is one that a person can stick to.

The DASH diet’s win is part of an overall trend among the ranking towards sensible eating plans that are free of gimmicks; the second best-rated diet, the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Diet was created by the NIH. The lowest ranking options that were reviewed, by contrast, used complex or restrictive eating plans to shed pounds. The bottom two? The Dukan Diet — popularized by Kate Middleton, who reportedly used it for her pre-wedding weight loss — and the Paleo Diet, which recommends returning to pre-agricultural revolution food sources and eating like a caveman.

Fatty, Party of One — Your Trough is Ready!

The one gift not under the tree this year is the gift that Jeramy, Bob and my Better Bodies family have given to me over the past several months. As most of you know by reading my entries on this blog (or the lack thereof) I have had several challenges along my journey of losing weight. This was something that Jeramy, the owner of Better Bodies, expected from the beginning. He was the first person to look me in the eye and tell me I would FAIL. This was coming from someone who didn’t know who I was or how determined I am at finishing something. So, naturally I was quick to meet his stare and tell him he was wrong. Well, little did I know how truly challenging this process would be. I thought that with some “creative scheduling” I would be able to maneuver around my job, take care of my emotional issues and walk off all of the weight within a few months. Piece of cake! Hmmmm Cake. Okay, so the joke is on me.

I believe that both Jeramy and I have been right. I’ve failed to lose the weight in a specific amount of time, but I haven’t given up. Just the opposite actually. This blog has gone dark for several weeks now, not because I was locked in a food pantry hogging down on pastries eating myself into a sugar induced coma.  I’ve actually started planning and preparing for some life changing decisions that I have made.

For so long I have taken care of others, and while I’ve settled for a life that I thought was “honorable”, it’s been physically killing me. We can only work so much and take care of others for so long before those actions take their toll. The first step in this process is admitting that we are number one to ourselves and no one else. While we all have our demons, mine were deeply rooted and needed a little more time to reach the surface. Which they did… finally.

I hope that Jeramy, Bob, and my friends will continue to support me as I continue down this path and share my adventure that I am about to embark on. I read a quote recently by Henry David Thoreau that said:

“Let go of the past and go for the future. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined.”

I’m headed in the right direction…

Get A Life! Putting the Laws of Attraction to the test…

This weekend I was given a book titled,  “Life Lessons for Mastering the Law of Attraction.” The Law of Attraction is universal and ultra-powerful. It is like a magnet that is always at work. Basically, the Law of Attraction states that “like attracts like”. In other words, wherever your attention goes, energy flows, and you attract more of that into your life – whether it is wanted or unwanted. Over the past several weeks I have been trying to make changes in my life that will allow me the time to work on my weight loss goals and better myself. Each time I make a decision  and act on it, something else presents itself which distracts me or takes away the time I so desperately need. So, I figured why not give the ol’ Law of Attraction a try.

Life Lesson #1 – Let Your Passion Be Your Guide

Take a moment to think about who you are and who you wish to become. See yourself one year from today. If you could have anything you want and no possible way to fail, what would it be? What do you most want from yourself? When you look back on this period of your life, what do you want to remember? What experiences do you wish to have? What accomplishments?

Write a letter to yourself (uhm, okay) that describes where you will be one year from today based on the questions you have just answered. Date it and seal it in an envelope to be opened only by you, and put it in a safe place where you’ll find it one year from today.

I’m a tied up, food shooting, peppermint sniffing, Smurf who is surrounded by mirrors…

Sounds like a kinky night in, eh? Well, I hate to dash your perverted hopes…but these are Reader’s Digest 5 Bizarre Weight Loss Tricks That Work.
(hahahaha we’ll see about that!)
 
 

5 Bizarre Weight Loss Tricks That Work

1. Sniff a banana, apple, or peppermint
You might feel silly, but it works. When Dr Alan R. Hirsch of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago tried this with 3,000 volunteers, he found that the more frequently people sniffed, the less hungry they were and the more weight they lost – an average of 30 lb each. One theory is that sniffing the food tricks the brain into thinking you’re actually eating it.

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2. Hang a mirror opposite your seat at the table.
One study found that eating in front of mirrors slashed the amount people ate by nearly one-third. Seems having to look yourself in the eye reflects back some of your own inner standards and goals, and reminds you of why you’re trying to lose weight in the first place.

3. Surround yourself with blue
There’s a good reason you won’t see many fast-food restaurants decorated in blue: Believe it or not, the color blue functions as an appetite suppressant. So serve up dinner on blue plates, dress in blue while you eat, and cover your table with a blue tablecloth. Conversely, avoid red, yellow, and orange in your dining areas. Studies find they encourage eating.

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4. Shoot your food
Rather than writing down every morsel, take a picture of it, and file the photos on your phone or computer by date. A visual account of your consumption may help you curb your intake. “Snapping photos and then looking back at them can make people stop and think before indulging,” nutritionist Joan Salge Blake says. It needn’t be a big production: your cell phone will do. Think about it: there you are at the salad bar, making a plate of vegetables. Don’t pat yourself on the back quite yet, though. A simple snapshot of your heaping dish may “show your extra helping of cheese or deep-fried croutons,” Joan cautions. A visual reminder might be just enough to give you pause next time before you ladle on the blue cheese dressing. — Joan is a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Find other healthy eating tips in her book, Nutrition & You.

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5. Tie yourself up
You could try fitness guru Valerie Orsoni’s “Le Petit Secret”: “A number of French women wear a ribbon around their waist and underneath their clothes when they go out for dinner. It keeps them conscious of the tummy-particularly if the ribbon starts to feel tighter as the evening goes on!”

— Le Personal Coach: A French Trainer’s Simple Secrets to Staying Fit and Slim Without the Gym. Source:

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