Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Hey folks! Well, I've noticed that I have an easier time with weight loss and getting in all of my veggies when I east homemade veggie soup regularly. I can basically eat as much as I want, and it just makes me feel all good inside (and even better when the scale is going down EXTRA fast!). So, I thought I would share the soup, and see if anyone else has suggestions.
So here is the soup just the way my dear departed Granny (Great-grandma) used to make (minus the fact that pretty much all of her veggies were home grown:
Tomatoes (Peeled, stewed, diced, whatever your preference)
White shoepeg corn
Fat back meat while stewing (for flavor, not to eat)
Sugar (to counteract the acidity of the tomatoes)
Changes I make:
1) I buy all organic, non GMO produce for this
2) I add diced red, green, yellow, and orange peppers, celery, and anything else that sounds delish
3) I use 2 slices of cooked, uncured bacon w/ no preservatives instead of fat back meat. It's just easier
4) I go very easy on the corn (as I'm trying to eliminate it), and lighter on the butter beans, and add an extra bunch of green beans
I make a giant pot of this and freeze smaller containers filled with between 2 and 10 portions (depending on how much I think I will want over the course of say, a week)
I am toying with the idea of adding zuchinni or squash, but I'm not sure how it would hold up. Any thoughts?
Thursday, January 24, 2013
I did a no-no and decided to weigh myself today (I try to wait a week between weigh-ins) and I 'gained' a pound.
I know that it doesn't really mean anything in the long run, and that I shouldn't be aggravated, but I am. Meanwhile, my husband eats total junk. He has switched to diet sodas and stopped eating fast food, but he still eats only junk. He has lost 18lbs in the time that I have lost 4!! (Well, 3 right now.)
However, the major difference is that I have lost 2 to 3 pants sizes and he still looks the same. I made a life change and he is just 'on a diet.' I have lost fat while he may be losing water/muscle. So, I look at this picture and know that I am winning this war. My pile of 'too big' clothes to get rid of keeps getting bigger. And I am feeling fantastic! I have so much more energy and I don't get the high/low blood sugar attacks that I used to get. I'm going to start checking my blood sugar again tomorrow (I am uninsured and don't have the supplies, but a generous family member is helping me out), and I think my numbers will be dramatically improved.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
So... last night the strangest thing happened. Last night, when I'm usually exhausted and ready to crawl into bed, I got a burst of energy! To most people that's probably not a big deal; however, I am a special case. I have an extremely low metabolism (and correspondingly low energy level) . Yes, tons of people say that but for me it is true. My basal metabolic rate is so low that my resting body temperature is around 95ish to 96 and some change. Not possible, you say? Well sorry, but it is and has been documented by my physicians over the years. Anywhoo... I GOT A BURST OF ENERGY!!! I made dinner, breakfast for the next 2 days, washed and put away dishes, did laundry, and cleaned the house. o.0 Could this clean eating, whole foods, 80/20 paleo, low GI diet be the key to allowing my body to work the way it is supposed to? Well, who knows but I will take it!! IS THIS HOW NORMAL PEOPLE FEEL??
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
OK, let me explain... by "diet" I don't mean some temporary hokey plan that I'm following because if I do I will magically lose 10lbs in 7 days without exercising, blah blah blah. By "diet" I am referring to the types of foods that are on my life menu, or that are available for me to consume. I have eliminated soy, corn, dairy milk, artificial sweeteners, gluten, wheat, HFCS, GMO foods, refined sugar, processed junk, and anything else that isn't real food. I am also trying to opt for low GI foods whenever possible (which isn't really that hard after eliminating all the previous things). Since making this change I am having much greater success at losing weight, I feel so much better, and I know I am taking a huge step toward a healthier version of myself. I really don't even have cravings. The closest thing to 'cravings' that I'm having occur when I'm really tired and it would be so much easier to drive through and pick something up or eat a frozen dinner. I have a low metabolism (hypothyroid, insulin resistance, NASH) so I am eating on the low end of my calorie requirement, but I don't go hungry. If I start to feel like it isn't enough, I will eat more. I am hoping that my body will begin to work more efficiently without all of these chemicals and added hormones, and it may become easier for me to lose weight as my energy levels increase. For now, the 2lbs a week I am losing on 1200 cal and under is very encouraging.
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