Some people lose weight and then feel healthier, some people get healthier and discover they have lost weight.
For me it is the later. I began changing my diet last spring. I read Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” and became sold on the farmer’s market. Add that to dating a vegetarian and I was on the road to discovering more healthy foods to improve my diet. I began making farm fresh eggs with spinach or kale and onions with cheese. I later reduced the two eggs to one and dropped the cheese. I would add mushrooms or peppers as they were available. Lunch was a simple soup and some sort of snack like walnuts and then for dinner, I ate quite a bit of vegetable and some cheese or grain. Frozen pizza’s were my rescue food for days when I was tired from work. I learned about fermented foods and began playing with those.
Later in the year I realized I had less energy and my mind was not as clear. At that time I was listening to a podcast that suggested hormonal changes might be a problem for me, so I began adding some coconut oil, grass fed butter and looking at things that might need to be removed from my diet. Please take note, I was adding things I loved more than removing things I wanted. I still love my creative egg breakfast and look forward to treats such as avocados or dark chocolate or coconut or asparagus or, or, or… I realized that adding fats and some meat back into my diet improved my mood, my energy and I was having fewer hormone related symptoms like anxiety and mental fogginess. I started losing weight this fall. I have dropped 15 lbs and it really was not my goal, but is definitely welcomed.
Listening to my body is becoming easier. My hunger is less driven by emotion and I am in better terms with my ability to say no to certain things. One of my goals was to not have cravings. Sugar, alcohol, cheese and pastas were defiantly things I was driven to eat rather than a treat. I have been able to look at treats that are set out at work and say, “well, that is not going to make me feel better” and pass it by. I still have treats, but I recognize that it is very nice not to have cravings and I do not want to open the door to them again.
Health is the goal, not deprivation. What healthy foods do you already eat that you can feel good about and enjoy?