Woke up feeling “lighter” this morning and thought I would hope on the scale …you know, to see what if anything had transpired since indulging myself during the holidays. 140.5, 5.5 pounds of weight loss to be exact, down from 146 on Dec. 28th, a week ago from today. Yay!
First of all, before I share what I did, let me say a true Foodie never frets. She enjoys sampling all the holiday delectables, not once concerned about the extra pounds that might be accumulating on the thighs, butt, and midsection because she knows how to reign it in when necessary. A natural Foodie keeps the balanced wisdom of knowing that although food can get her in trouble, it can also be used to help get her out of trouble. How? By pushing back on all the heavy hitting foods that pack on weight, eating cleaner, and incorporating some form of exercise to help tighten the ship back up.
The week after Christmas, I cut out sugar drastically, limited grains, like corn and oats, and ate a double portion of vegetables with my meals along with meats. Did I eat good? Oh yes, you bet’s to believe it! 😂 (taken from a line in Beyonce’s video, “Formation…after all, that is what I’m trying to do) Lol! I dined at my favorite restaurant, Connor’s, and had grilled steak with extra steak butter, a salad, plus vegetables, mango smoothies, kale lemonade green drink, chicken salad, big salads with full fat dressing and crumbled blue cheese, spaghetti with meat sauce, a glass of red wine, and even had a Paleo cupcake to help get a sweet fix satisfied. All this, coupled with Bikram hot yoga and Pilates, and drinking lots of water. No sweet tea. That was huge for me. I stopped drinking my calories, only iced water with slices of fresh citrus. The only tea I have is a hot cup of Tulsi organic tea with holy basil at night before bed with a tbspn of raw honey.
So the point being, once you understand food, how it works, what causes weight gain, and are eating mindfully, meaning you are fully aware of what is going into your mouth and the benefits or repercussions to that food choice, you are 80% equipped already for success because you know the action plan needed to do battle in the kitchen and get you back on track at a moments notice. These are the principles I look forward to sharing with my group of attendees at my cooking class. I practice food, by practicing on myself, first. Oh, you wait until summer when I show up looking svelte like J- Lo, without the jello. 👌
Check out these helpful links below on which discuss two of the main culprits to weight gain: wheat, grains, and sugar.