Diet Shmiet

January 18th, 2019 by admin

I’ve searched my entire life for the perfect diet and tried just about every single one, from Atkins to Paleo, to the 4-Hour Body, to fasting. I’ve never been more than about five to ten pounds overweight at any given time, but the thought of letting it go beyond that scares the crap out of me, so I have become obsessive about diet and good nutrition.

I have a pair of brown corduroy cutoff shorts from when I was eighteen. Those shorts have become my guideline-my measuring tape, if you will. For the most part, I don’t go near those bad boys if I’m feeling fat. It’s only when I’m starting to feel skinny again that I pull them out. The big test is whether I can zip and button them-even if they’re tight.

I tend to lose weight when I’m depressed, like when I went through all three of my divorces. Each of those times, I probably weighed in at about 110 lbs. My sisters and my daughter would all yell at me about being “too skinny,” but I loved being that skinny, and I fit into all of my clothes-even the brown corduroy cutoffs. When I was that skinny, some of my “fat clothes” were so loose that I could pull them off without unbuttoning them (ahh, those were the days).

Ideally, I’d like to weigh 125 to 130, since I am only about 5 ft 3. I refuse to get on the scale, since I’m sure I can tell how much I weigh by how my clothes fit. I look at the dust-covered scale hidden under my bed with disdain, believing somehow that it holds the key to my happiness. Whenever I feel fat, I pretend all my jeans still fit because they have a touch of lycra in them so the stretchiness lies to me.

Most women can attest to the fact that buying jeans is one of the most stressful things in life. Who hasn’t tried on at least ten to twenty pairs before finding the only one that compliments your butt? I hated it when hip-hugger jeans came back into style. Whoever said those were flattering? Okay, so “Mom” jeans look goofy, but let’s face it, they flatter a womanly shape much more than hip huggers, which display “muffin tops” on anyone over thirty-five with hips or a butt. Nevertheless, I jumped on the hip-hugger bandwagon, but I found myself tugging the back of my jeans whenever I sat down, lest I reveal the dreaded “plumber’s crack” or my thong underwear (but don’t get me started on those).

“Someday I’ll be confident enough to get on it again,” I think to myself. But it has been years-I don’t even let my doctor weigh me. It’s my right, after all, to refuse, although they always make you feel that you have to step on the scale. I have this secret fear that there is a scale hidden under the examination table. And yes, I realize it’s probably just a table…

I know by how my clothes fit that I have not been below 130 lbs. since my last divorce, about seven years ago. And that was the last time I tried on those corduroy cutoffs.

It’s the little things, like when you throw on a pair of capris that have always fit comfortably and are now tight, or when your favorite sundress is hard to zip up the back, or when you notice you have bra overhang and back fat. BACK FAT! That’s a new one for me, and I’m having real trouble with it.

When those things happen, I throw on my sneakers and start running again, and I pick up the latest fad diet and go at it with gusto.

“Hmm, THE WHOLE30® PROGRAM. That looks new and interesting!” You only have to give up sugar, grains, dairy, legumes, and alcohol for 30 days. But wait, isn’t it just like the last one I tried? The new name intrigues me, and my daughter is doing it, so why not!

I am always dedicated to my diets, but, invariably, once I lose the weight, I go back to being relaxed and careless about what I shove into my mouth.

“Kale, schmale-are those Doritos you’re snacking on?” I say to my husband, as I lick my chops. Suddenly, the rules of healthy eating fly out the window as soon as I “feel skinny” again. And thus the wheel turns. It never stops. But I have realized that my carefree non-diet, if you will, is an indication of my happiness, so I think I will trade in my weight obsession for happiness-at least for today.

For those of you who have been on this roller coaster like me, try this: Stop obsessing! Eat simply, eat raw, cut out most carbs, reduce alcohol and sugar. There is balance in everything. Cut out some, indulge in others, but approach your eating with moderation. I have found that some combination of all, or a few, of my old diets work best. Above all, attitude is most important. Once you learn to think thin and healthy and adjust your attitude, you can achieve great results… Just believe in yourself, and believe that you are beautiful!

Life’s Journey; Berkshires to Boston and everywhere in between…

Getting Started With an Autoimmune Paleo Diet (AIP)

January 9th, 2019 by admin

In view of the recent surge in lifestyle diseases, many of us have begun to understand the role of a healthy diet. It has been proven time and again through several research papers that a healthy diet is of primary importance when restoring your health back to normal while dealing with a chronic illness. Here I specifically talk about one such diet, the autoimmune paleo diet (AIP). There could be several reasons why this particular diet was prescribed to you, or maybe even chosen by you without any recommendation. Either way, if you feel the transition to this diet from your years and years of unhealthy diet is a challenge, some basic tips can undoubtedly be helpful.

Keep the list handy

Whether you are working with a healthcare professional, or relying on the internet search, you definitely would encounter the list of food items to avoid in an AIP diet. Take a print out of that elaborate list (the more elaborate the better), and pin it up somewhere in your kitchen, brightly visible. This way, when you are just beginning with your diet, you can quickly refer to the list before you prepare a meal or go grocery shopping.

Fix a routine

Although the choice of food items is quite limited in an AIP diet, it might be overwhelming to cook with such fewer items. For example, you might have had a dish made with butter forever, and you cannot even imagine what you would do if you had to make it with coconut oil, and you might think of giving up. To avoid this, it is important at the very beginning to fix up recipes and dishes for all the meals of your day. It may seem repetitive at first, but it would help you ease into the diet before you think of experimenting further with the handful of ingredients.

Create your own recipes

It is not difficult to find a wealth of information on AIP-based dishes, whether online or offline. Now that this type of diet is gaining popularity, the food world is getting richer in its collection of AIP recipes. However, it is important to listen to your conveniences, mainly, your local grocery store. For example, do not just jump into plantain pasta if you had loved pasta in the past, and came across a recipe in an AIP book. Think about the ingredients – are they available locally? Think about the convenience – will you be able to spend the time and the effort required behind the dish? And lastly, think about your own taste buds – just because someone else likes a plantain pasta does not mean you would as well. It is a good idea to understand what ingredients you have in hand, how they taste for you, and how you can modify your existing recipes to fit the new recipes without compromising too much on time, effort, and taste.

Leap into the wagon, not jump

Unless you have a specific condition where you have been advised to immediately abandon every item that is non-AIP, it might be wise to start with one dish at a time, and then a meal at a time, to the entire day’s meals, to make a smoother transition to the AIP-friendly palate.

Alkaline Diet – A Great Cure for Healing and Rejuvenating Your Body

January 2nd, 2019 by admin

Our body is balanced when the pH content is at the desirable level. Those of you who are not familiar with the pH content, all you need to know is that it stands for – the power of Hydrogen. Our body needs a desired amount of hydrogen content to prevent inflammation inside us.

pH levels range between 1 to 14 where 7 is said to be the perfect level. When the pH content of your body is less than 7, it means that you are acidic. A pH level more than 7 signifies alkalinity. Doctors suggest a pH level that is slightly above 7 for the optimum functioning of our bodies.

How to find out the pH level in your body?
You can do the simple litmus paper test as soon as you wake up in the morning. You can do the test on your urine or your saliva to determine your pH level. If the pH level is below seven, you are acidic, and if the number is above seven you are more inclined towards alkalinity.

What are the symptoms of low Alkalinity?
Some of the symptoms of low alkalinity in the body include
• Insomnia
• Frequent fatigues and headaches
• Water retention
• Low blood pressure
• Depression
• Unhealthy hair, skin and nails
• Gastritis and dry skin

Why you need an alkaline diet?
The massive levels of stress that we experience every day and our unhealthy lifestyle are the prime culprits that make our bodies for acidic. Alkaline diets ensure the vitality of our body, keeps the cells and tissues healthy and supply and prevent inflammation. An acidic body is prone to many ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, reproductive disorders, arthritis and even cancer. The Alkaline diet strengthens the skeletal system preventing illnesses such as osteoporosis.

What is an alkaline diet?
Most of the fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are part of an alkaline diet. This includes
• Vegetables such as Cauliflower, Radish, Beets, Carrots, Broccoli, Turnips, Celery, Cucumber, Spinach, Garlic, Onions, Peas, and Peppers
• Fruits such as Berries, Grapes, Melon, Apple, Lemon, Banana, Orange, Peach, Pear and Watermelon
• Proteins such as Tofu, Chestnuts, and Almonds
• Spices include Ginger, Cinnamon, Sea Salt and Mustard

How to make your daily diet more alkaline?
• Include at least five servings of vegetables and fruits in your diet
• Drink a glass of lemon juice every day
• Drizzle apple cider vinegar on your salad dressings
• Replace Green tea your daily beverage
• Cut down on animal protein especially red meat because it makes your body very acidic
• Reduce sugar intake and eliminate soda drinks
• Eat non-refined and whole carbs
• Consume Vitamin C supplement

The Alkaline diet plays a very significant role in balancing your pH level and optimizing your metabolism. Follow an alkaline diet to stay healthy and fresh.

Healthy, Healing Comfort Food You Will Love

December 28th, 2018 by admin

What food makes you feel comforted and satisfied? Is it cookies? Ice Cream? Mashed potatoes? Or maybe just Macaroni and Cheese. How about all of the above? Yum!

You can have most any comfort food that tastes just as rich and delicious, and is just as satisfying as the traditional version or even more, but in its healthiest, even healing, form. How is that possible? Simply substitute ingredients that will create a similar look and texture, but with even more flavor. For example, if your favorite comfort food recipe starts with butter, use ghee, or clarified butter. You can find it in the international section of nearly every health food store, or on-line. If you’re very industrious, you can make your own.

In place of sugar, use whole leave stevia extract (health store or on-line), which can actually help the pancreas, from what I hear. How to get it to taste more like sugar? Add fruit to the recipe. For example, baking a cake with unsweetened apple sauce plus stevia.

Need to replace an unhealthy thickener? Use the same amount of Kuzu Root or Arrowroot powder. Kuzu root is said to be good for the stomach.

Use mineral-rich salts such as pink Himalayan Sea Salt or red Hawaiian salt. Yummy flavors!

Replace cow’s milk products with goat milk, or for vegans, use coconut milk for sweet recipes, and cashew cream for savory (soak cashews in water till they absorb it all and blend in blender).

Pasta-lovers try this for a change -julienned zucchini, which actually has a bit of flavor, as opposed to pasta, which tastes completely bland by itself. See recipe below for ideas.

Of course you should always check with your doctor if you have any health concerns at all.

Mac and Cheese for All!

Ingredients Per Person:

1 cup combination green and/or yellow zucchini, cut into “macaroni” size slices (julienne-style- thick)

¼ teaspoon Salt

½ teaspoon Kuzu or Arrowroot powder (health store)

1 Tablespoon purified Water

1 teaspoon Ghee (clarified butter- health store), OR Butter, OR for vegans, High Heat Oil of choice

½ cup grated Cheddar or other Cheese of choice. I recommend goat cheddar for healing ingredient. For Vegans/ dairy-free, use Almond Cheese or other of choice.

Directions:

1. Sautee’ Zucchini in Ghee or Oil, adding Salt. (Medium heat)

2. Melt Kuzu in Water while Zucchini cooks.

3. When Zucchini cooked to your liking, add grated Cheese, stirring while it melts.

4. Add Kuzu/Water mix and stir quickly until it thickens.

Variations: Add tomato bits, fresh or sundried, sausage of choice, herbs of choice such as dill or rosemary, other meats or cheeses. Vegans, add sprouted or toasted nuts or seeds.