I had one of those lightbulb moments yesterday, or rather one of those returning lightbulb moments. Weight loss is about being healthy, and being healthy is about living in balance. Did you know that ? Disease is simply a state of imbalance. Balance is required in mind, body and spirit in order to bring about a healthy life. That balance means living not only a life that involves food choices from many groups and movement, but doing so in a way that is SUSTAINABLE. Meaning in a fashion that can become a normal life state.
So how does racing to speciality stores for "honest" foodstuffs and gym memberships fit in here ? Or for that matter, how does an increase in grocery bills of almost 200 percent fit in with this ? It doesn't. And furthermore,it does not have to. I speak from experience. I lost 110 pounds eating no special, organic or odd foods,no exercise beyond walking and at the same time I defeated infertility and had medical lab numbers that were perfection. I have seen the most dramatic reversal of autisim to date through the inclusion of a simple supplement found in very common grocery stores and a simple diet that includes a balance of all food groups. Weight loss happened with eating standard fare but in controlled portions. Weight loss stopped when I began concentrating on "purity". Hmmmm....
Not only did weight loss stop, but grocery shopping involved 300 percent more time, increased milage and the cost on average rose from 100 dollars a week to 275 per week. Sustainable ? No way. So now meal options are balanced with calories, exchanges and tempered by sustainability and affordability. Has to be so. So what you see on my plate is nothing fancy- just balanced, affordable food that is gotten at a sustainable level.
Breakfast- an eggbeater with 2 mushrooms and 1/2 an onion, 1oz turkey ham, 2 clementines and coffee
Lunch - 2 slices provalone cheese on an Arnolds Thin, 1 probiotic yogert, a cup of homemade tomato basil soup and romaine lettuce with Wishbone salad spritzers and an Aldi's Diet Soda.
Afternoon snack- a bartlett pear ( pears are great , but they do not keep very long) , 17 almonds and a Sugar Free Swirl Pop. I am still kicking out the affects of this cold thing and I get fits of coughing that can be rather violeent and productive, and as a result my throat has been tender. These popsicles help to soothe it.
Dinner was Open Turkey burger sloppy joes on Arnolds. Ground turkey, onions, red peppers, litha squash , canned tomatoes and BBQ sauce. lower sugar than the standard recipe. On the side raw carrots, cucumbers and broccoli with Aldi's Diet Soda
Evening snack was more because of a sore throat than anything, combined with the realization that we have 2 bags of bing cherries in the fridge that need to get used. Cherries are like pears- yummy but they do not keep long ! The pits also make them the kind of fruit you have to slow down and eat, which can be a good thing. This snack was way too high in sweet factor, and I will not be repeating it.