What I Eat to Feel Good and Lose WeightPosted: September 9, 2010
I want to offer you a periodic blog post about what I am eating to stave off cravings (see Fatty Tendencies post), feel good, and lose weight. I also want to show you that you can eat very well, including fat (even saturated fat), and still lose weight. This particular way of eating, balancing protein, carbs, and fat at every meal and snack, has helped me lose 55 pounds and balance my moods over the past year. Also, I can sleep now!
The particular food I choose works for ME! What will work for you will undoubtedly be different. I think everyone interested in losing weight and getting well should consult with a nutritionist to figure out their unique needs. However, not all nutritionists are created equal. Many of them are still afraid to let fat people eat fat, and often serve up dated nutrition information. I recommend the nutritionists at Nutritional Weight and Wellness for life-changing nutrition advice (they do phone appointments too!). So, here is a typical day of eating for me.
Breakfast (about 8:00 a.m.)
Mid-AM Snack (about 10:00 a.m.)
Lunch (about 1:00 p.m.)
Mid-PM Snack (about 3:30 p.m.)
Dinner (about 6:30)
Bedtime Snack (about 9:30 p.m.)
Yes, you are not dreaming. A good old-fashioned bedtime snack rounds out my day! This snack keeps my blood sugar balanced while I am asleep so I don’t wake up in the middle of the night. I eat every 2-3 hours throughout the day to keep my blood sugar balanced and my metabolism revved up, which both help me to lose weight. This way of eating also keeps cravings at bay so that I don’t find food staring at me throughout the day saying, “Eat me!”
Another thing to note: switching to this way of eating took me over a year. This was a year of trying new things, while still mainly eating with my old habits of lots of carbs and sweets. I had to let go of those foods slowly, or my body would rebel as it always had in the past. When I let go slowly, I could focus on all the great food I could eat, rather than that constant feeling of deprivation I had felt on so many diets. Now, I follow a gluten-free diet, with very little grains. For my body, grains (rice, pasta, bread, and, yes, even the whole grains touted as so nutritious) in even moderate amounts cause my weight loss to grind to a halt. But this is my body. You may be different.
I literally tried everything to lose weight before I started eating this way, so I was very skeptical that I could make this work. Nothing worked long term because I still craved all the bad stuff. Will power can only take you so far. Sometimes I can’t believe this is actually working for me to lose weight. But it is. Do something radical: question what you know about losing weight and eat!