5 Easy Ways to Lose Weight

If someone told me losing weight was as easy as eating plants, I would have started a lot sooner than I did.

If someone told me I would feel better if I cut out bread, meats, and dairy from my diet, I would have done so a lot sooner than I did.

If someone had told me I would CONTINUE to lose weight, even when I ate foods that weren’t good for me, just because my diet was plant-based, I would have done so a lot sooner than I did.

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These five easy steps are what I wish I had known 30 lbs ago:

1.) CUT IT OUT.  Eliminate red meats, sausages, pork, poultry, then chicken, tuna, and seafood.  Go one at a time.  Then cut out white breads/pastas of all kinds, especially the ones with sugar and preservatives.  Then get rid of dairy products, which are full of fat and hard on the digestive system.  Immediately stop consuming foods with artificial flavors or colors (like sodas), anything processed or fried, anything full of fat (I had to stop making pies because my pie crust recipe used Crisco), and anything with unpronounceable ingredients.  If you can’t find it in nature, don’t eat it. Click here to tweet this

2.) ADD PLANTS TO YOUR DIET.  Any kind of plant – green leafies, cooked carrots, beans of all kinds, fresh or frozen berries, nuts, seeds, and LOTS of fruit.   These are your cancer-fighters, your blood pressure lowering soldiers, your blood sugar stabilizers…you get the idea.  Your body will function so much better once you get on a plant-based diet.

3.) Exercise when you can, but aim for 3 times per week.  I was able to walk 3 miles 3 times a week and saw tremendous changes in my muscles and body shape.  Besides just feeling good, you will LOOK good, too!

4.) Don’t count calories.  Forget about how many points something gets or is this on so-and-so plan.  Just eat plants and get rid of all the other junk in our American diet.

5.) Don’t obsess.  This is a journey, not a destination, so there is no race to the finish.  Food is made to serve you, not the other way around.  It’s designed to make our bodies function so we can live LIFE.  You won’t be perfect every day, so accept that.  Give yourself some grace.  Stick to the 80/20 rule if you are going to splurge – 80% of what you should eat (plants) and 20% of what you WANT to eat.  Losing weight and eating whole foods can become a “god;” an idol; an obsession that your life revolves around and distances you from  your loved ones.  God never intended food to be divisive – see THIS ARTICLE from someone who shared her own journey from food idolatry (shared with permission from the author).  There are more important things in life than food.

If someone had told me losing weight was easy, I would have started on this journey a whole lot sooner. Click here to tweet this I hope this has helped you make progress toward your healthy goals.  If you know someone who has struggled with their weight and wants to learn more, please pass this on!  Let’s all help each other make progress toward our health goals.

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Breaking Records!

***Personal Victory Post!***

My digital scale battery died a couple of months ago, and I neglected to replace it until just last week.  For a period of 6-8 weeks, I didn’t have the benefit of the scale to see how I was doing with eating right and exercising.  Usually, if I see the numbers start inching up, I know I’m eating too much fat, bread, or sugar, or I haven’t been exercising.  In this case, a combination of all of the above.

So when I got onto the scale last Friday night, I was worried.  I felt fat.  I felt bloated.  I felt extra jiggles in my midsection and thighs.  I’d eaten cheese and bread almost every day that week.

So what was the number?

142.2 lbs!

Let me give you some perspective.  Once upon a time, six months after I delivered my daughter, I HOPED to be 150 lbs.  150 was my goal weight when I weighed 170.  January 7th was the last time I recorded my weight – 146 lbs.  So February 28th’s weight record of 142 was AWESOME!  Especially since our routine at home has changed and I haven’t been able to exercise regularly.

Well, this morning, just when I was feeling really proud of myself, I got on the scale again, just to see the number.  I couldn’t believe it…

139.2 lbs!

I couldn’t believe I was actually under 140!  140 was definitely a dream weight of mine – if I ever hit it, great, but I wasn’t going to get my hopes up.  I haven’t been this “skinny” since college, probably.  I know I weighed a consistent 136 in high school.

According to Dr. Fuhrman, a commonly used formula for determining ideal body weight is as follows (this is from p. 24 of his Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Revised Edition book):

Women: Approx. 95 lbs for the fist 5 feet of height, then 4 lbs for every inch after that.  A 5’4″ woman should ideally weigh 111 lbs.  (Remember, this is a rough guide; all body types are different so follow this loosely).  Since I am 5’9″, I should weigh 131 lbs.  The more animal products I cut out of my diet, the closer I get to that ideal weight.

Anyway, I think this just goes to show when you eat more plants, you lose more weight.  I’ve begun craving vegetables, especially green ones, and am beginning to cut out cheese from my diet.  I’ll keep you posted on how that’s going.

Good luck to you today!  Let’s keep making progress toward our healthy goals.

Get Rid of High Blood Pressure Once and For All!

Do you have high blood pressure, or do you know someone who does?  Do you have a family history of high blood pressure?  If yes, keep reading!

I am not a doctor or a registered dietician; I just love passing on the research that others have done.  I’ve never had high blood pressure (except when I’m very angry and stressed, but that hasn’t happened since I quit work as a high school band director!), but my husband does.  I can tell you that our own “independent research” revealed the same truths as what I read in a recent article.  At a recent doctor visit, his doctor actually praised his blood pressure readings – something that hasn’t happened in YEARS.  I feel strongly our diet has a lot to do with that, especially since he is more stressed and overworked than ever before.

According to this article, research suggests that a vegetarian diet may lower blood pressure.

As I can attest, Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live plan DEFINITELY lowers your blood pressure.  The first thing you can do to help yourself lower your blood pressure is to eliminate red meats and other animal products. Click here to tweet this
Start with one specific type of meat (I chose beef products), and be amazed at the absence of craving for those products after just a few weeks.  Remember, when you take something out, you need to replace it with something plant-based.  Broccoli, for instance, has more protein per 100 calorie serving than a steak.  Beans are a great way to get plant-based proteins, as well.

Read this article in Health magazine about the vegetarian diet, then buy Dr. Fuhrman’s book and read why his plan is even better.

Best wishes as you make progress toward your healthy goals, specifically lowering your blood pressure!

Holy VitaMeataVegaMin!

Remember that episode of the I Love Lucy show? Lucy was filming a commercial as the spokesperson for this liquid substance that is supposed to contain vitamins, meats, vegetables, and minerals, and the horrible taste was disguised with alcohol. Of course, by the end of the shoot, she was drunk and actually believed the stuff tasted good! See the whole episode on YouTube here.

I’m reading through Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live book, and I’m in the chapter about the naturally occurring cancer-fighting chemicals found in plants. He keeps reiterating the fact that there are many phytochemicals that are still undiscovered.

His point is that you can’t just take a pill to get all the benefits of plant-based food. You have to EAT the plants to get all the benefits, including some that we don’t even know about yet! How can scientists replicate in pill form what nature hasn’t even revealed to us yet?

One other thing I thought was fascinating was that the process of eating our plant-based food causes some phytochemicals to work in tandem with others, giving you even MORE cancer-fighting coverage. Awesome!

If there was a doubt in your mind about taking a supplement, then let this be your catalyst to stop relying on sub-standard methods of getting your phytochemicals. READ HIS BOOK and you will understand why it is SO important to eat your plants – fruits, vegetables, beans, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and berries. You’ll be so glad you did.

Good luck as you make progress toward your healthy goals today!