It’s been a tough few weeks, yes I said weeks! I started off strong on the plan. Then it all went downhill, it started with a weekend in the city – two days I couldn’t follow the regiment. Bad habits came back so quickly. Continue reading Falling off the wagon
I would categorize kale as a super food. Kale and members of the Brassica family, are rich in many minerals and vitamins. It has anti-viral nutrients, rich with anti-oxidants such as polyphenolic flavonoid, vitamins A,B-6, C, K, and minerals. Scientists have found that these foods can help support and lower the risk of stroke, coronary heart disease, inflammation and oxidative stress. Continue reading Make ahead, kale and quinoa Salad
According to US News, the best rated real food diet is DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). 2016 panelists’ found the DASH diet to be a sound diet without restrictions and has foods that we (North Americans) are accustomed to eating. What’s interesting is that according to DASH.org, the diet “can be considered an Americanized version of the Mediterranean diet”. It so happens, that Mediterranean diet is ranked #2.
I was curious about the DASH diet, and on their website, they have 3 different iterations…talk about a marketing genius! They are Original, Weight Loss and Vegatarian. Geez, this customized plan covers all the options out there.
Digging deeper, I found a newer diet called the MIND diet, this is a hybrid between DASH and Mediterranean. What I find interesting is the statistic from a 2015 study, that out of 900 participants, 54% of them where less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, compared to 39% of those on DASH. The Mediterranean dieters were 53% less likely. The MIND diet, consist of plenty of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products, and six servings a day of leafy greens.
This is insane, all these diet options – how do you know which one is right for you? Working with your doctor can help simplify options, but definitely consider one that you can stick with longterm, make it your Lifestyle Plan.
Saturday night we were hosting our friend and his children for dinner. He’s following Paleo plan, and we were sharing woes of weight loss. It struck me then that this diet is going to be life changing – it can’t be temporary measures! I need to take things one day at a time. Continue reading Break the social eating habit
I checked in at the end of week 3, I lost 3 pounds and about 0.8 inches from my waist. I was feeling terrific, until Dr. Jain read my log. I thought I was on track with restricting my carbs and stayed away from sugar. Continue reading Just when I thought I was doing great….
I’m now 203 pounds, my wedding ring and my size 12 pants don’t fit me! This is technically considered OBESE – yikes! To make matters worse, I watched myself gain 10 pounds over a month when I had shingles last month. Yes, I had shingles at 41! This is not common and happened because of stress. Stress can do wonders to our bodies. When I’m nervously stressed, I can’t see food. Continue reading Start of a new day, again