I’m having conflicted thoughts and could use some help. I was doing Atkins for the last 3 weeks…but then, I was talking with a friend the other day and she said “Oh yeah! I did that. Lost a bunch of weight on it. It really works.” Sounds great right? Well, she’s gained all the weight back plus some (sound familiar) so that’s NOT great. I can’t do Atkins forever because let’s face it – I LOVE PASTA! I LOVE bread! And all carbs aren’t bad…right? So I started looking online and OMG there are so many differing opinions on what is healthy it is overwhelming! Everything I look up has an equally compelling argument for the reverse… “Eggs are a great source of protein” vs “Avoid eggs to lower your cholesterol” as one example…not to mention good fats vs. bad fats…good carbs vs bad carbs… should I restrict my intake of carbs or fats or both? Is counting calories *really* the best way to lose weight or can that cause food obsessions?!?
I’m overwhelmed… and embarrassed. How did this happen? I’m 34 years old. How is it that I can’t answer one simple question “What should I eat?!” How can I lead my children into healthier lives if I don’t know where to even start. Ok, momma always told me that when you don’t know where to start, try the beginning so here goes:
Step one: Get rid of the idea that a “diet” works… I’ve tried them all and they DON’T … not forever anyway. As soon as you go “off” them you gain back all so I need to focus all of my efforts on CHANGING my diet – not going on one. Then, as if a sign from above, I see on twitter the following: “ bookieboo Could Diet Soda be making you GAIN WEIGHT instead of losing it? http://ning.it/dxC7rS #mamavation” HOLY COW! Talk about perfect timing..
Step two: Forget about putting “diet foods” in my body. Diet soda, diet dressing, diet ice cream, the word diet is a sign that it is NOT what I need… apparently, so are the words “Reduced fat” and “Low Fat” and “Fat free” because when they take the fats out, they replace them with sugar, salt, chemicals… Arent’ there a million PSA’s out there about NOT eating chemicals and chemicals being toxic to your health? Why am I still ingesting them?!
Ok, so I’ve figured out a few things NOT to eat and let’s face it, we can’t go crazy and throw EVERYTHING out of the freezer and pantry in one fell swoop – that’s another recipe for disaster… and impractical! I mean I love the idea of eating real food.. preservative free goodness… but that is NOT practical right now, but I can make better choices!
I’d love to hear from anyone else who might be in the same boat what you are doing differently… OH! And I found an awesome recipe for a whole grain bread that looks BEYOND yummy and I’m going to try it this weekend! I’ll let you know how it turns out!
- No carb diets, the real lowdown (justslimming.com)