My New Year’s Resolutions

Every year we struggle with our new goals, our new desires, and our new resolution to make this year is better than last year. I added some new desires this year. The first one is to eat healthier, the second is to become more organized and the third is to make more people happy. The last one I believe is the best. I’ve learned over the years that the more people you make happy, the happier your life becomes. It’s tried and true. Try it yourself!

This year’s eating healthy resolution takes the place of the previous losing weight resolution. After reading many articles on the internet about metabolism, I realized that I fall into a category of people that have a very hard time losing weight. And the reason I can’t lose weight, is really easy to fix. It really comes down to the types of food that I eat trying to lose weight.

I have been mislead like most people that whole wheat and sucralose are going to help me lose weight. But the funny thing is recently I realized that they are hindering my weight loss efforts. How crazy is that? Wheat produces such a blood sugar spike…whether it is whole wheat or not, I could never get a good weight loss roll going. Given that diabetes runs in my family, I decided that maybe I need to start eating a very different diet than the rest of my family. Maybe something without sugar, wheat and artificial foods. I mean the amount of artificial sweetners alone in my diet, was just getting way out of control.

Natural Food that is Good for You My first move was to get rid of artifical sweeteners. I realize there are natural sweeteners like Stevia, erythritol, honey, etc… I decided that packaged stevia was pretty easy to carry and use. However, I hated the aftertaste of Stevia. But I read in a forum that most people have that reaction because it takes 3 to 5 days to reset your tastebuds for sweetness. I believe that, because I didn’t like sucralose either when I first tried it. It grew on me.  Stevia does have a lingering aftertaste to it. But they have added the mild sugar alcohol erythritol to it lately to make it a milder taste. You can even buy the generic stevia blend in your local Krogers now.

Also, I needed to add water to my intake each day. I read that you need to drink half your weight in ounces of water each day. Let’s just say I’m working toward it. It is hard for me to increase my water intake. But I have made a conscious effort to drink water before meals…especially when eating out.

I knew I needed to have an eating plan that is flexible (I cheat) and doesn’t involve being hungry. I added several things that I feel I can eat anytime of the day because they are filling and natural foods. One of these items is Ezekiel Bread. I thought it was pretty rough looking when I first found it in the Krogers health food freezer section. But I have realized that I love the toast. I spread All Fruit on it and I can barely eat one slice sometimes. Sprouted bread it very dense and filling. When you toast the Sesame Ezekiel bread and spread the fruit on it, it’s crunchy and quite satisfying. I found this actually cured my carb cravings..and Ezekiel Bread is all protein! I also eat almonds, walnuts and sometimes popcorn made in a pot! I read the ingredients of microwave popcorn. It was very upsetting. I gave up margarine, shaking in a little melted butter was right on time. If the liver metabolizes food and also detoxifies the toxins we put in our mouths, it’s no wonder mine never had anytime to burn fat!

Since I gave up artificial sweeteners, wheat and processed foods (like frozen diet entrees), I have lost 6 pounds in 10 days! Pretty good for someone who believed they could not lose weight. And the funny thing is, I did not measure or count one thing! I just wrote down what I ate everyday.   It did entail cooking with natural foods like sweet potatoes, broccoli, all kinds of meats, vegetables and fruits…but I’m learning to love my cookbook and the internet. Now I will have to become more organized in order to stay well fed. Look at that, two birds with one stone!

Stay tuned if you want to see how this story plays out!

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