Friday, February 11, 2011

F: Food

Ok this is sort of cheating because I'm going to talk about my diet, which is sort of food related.

 First, here's an  interesting article  about obesity. There's no escaping the fact that a low fat diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, and complex carbs, is best and that modern life makes us fat.

Then there's my modified  protien diet. Modified, in that along with my protien, I can have 100 grams of carbs everyday. That's enough to be able to have some fruits and vegetables, a bit of rice or other starch, and the occasional treat.  No limit on fat either, which maybe is bad, but I like the idea that I can eat bacon and fried eggs cooked in butter in the morning with no guilt. AND, that breakfast lasts me all day until dinner time.  I munch on an apple or orange during the day. Keeping in mind that I do eat dinner very early.  Unlike other diets I have tried,  I don't get cravings and don't think about food all the tim.e In fact I can go an entire evening and not get the munchies; not even after having my THC vapour!!

The results? I can't say exactly how much weight I have lost, since I never weigh myself. My ex  husband use to joke that it was against my religion to own a weigh scale. I always found that weighing myself just got me discouraged and I would give up on dieting. As an alternative, I have certain clothes that are my guide to how much slimming down I have done and still  need to do.   The ultimate test, is a pair of jean shorts that are over 30 years old. If I can get into them I know I'm really slim. Haven't had  the nerve to try those yet.

    Now, I'm not dieting because I want to look like a model.It's mainly for health reasons. Last summer while I was at an outdoor fair, I received a measuring tape from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  What a shock to measure my waist and find out I was in the danger zone !! The more weight you carry around your waist, the greater your risk for heart disease and stroke. There is also a risk for type 2 diabetes, which leads to so many health problems, including Alzheimer's!! Having MS is enough of a burden without adding any of that scary stuff.

Yeah I know I will most likely gain it all back and more; and all that bacon must be wrapping itself around my heart, but at least for now I feel pretty good. It is the easiest, least stressful diet I have ever tried.

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