Clean and Healthy Living - Week 6

This morning marks 20 lbs. I have now lost in the last six weeks of taking steps to living a healthier life.  The last six weeks of healthy eating and some exercising have been like nothing else I have tried in the past.  I do not get hungry.  I snack between meals.  I eat more volume of food now than I did  in the past using diet pills or quick fix diets.  Listening to Gary Taubes’ and Robert Lustig’s  videos on You Tube about obesity, fat accumulation, and the role of insulin in storing glucose in fat cells make sense and have helped to frame my approach to carbohydrates, proteins and fats and their role in a healthy, balanced diet.  It's so clear from a hormonal and biological perspective the reasons why the Western American diet has failed for the last fifty years - too many refined carbohydrates like flour and sugar.

Kurt and I have taken steps to avoid refined starches and sugars in our diet.  We have switched from drinking sodas to drinking mainly water, carbonated water, tea, and coffee.  We can have all other foods in moderation, but a large percentage of our macronutrients are spent on good sources of proteins and healthy fats.  The bulk of our complex carbs come from dark green leafy vegetables and vegetables with low glycemic index.  We have a cheat meal once a week, one dessert per week, and an occasional alcoholic beverage if there's an occasion to celebrate.  We walk, bike and hike in moderate amounts throughout the week – we were couch potatoes six weeks ago, so let’s be clear about what moderate means to us (30-45 minutes of exercise 4 to 5 times per week).  

So what was the turning point for me?  I was done with graduate school, and felt like I had accomplished and conquered a really difficult challenge to get through two years of intense studying while working a full-time job.  It felt like the right time to face the biggest challenge of my life:  my weight.  I was tired of being overweight and not having enough energy to do fun things like participate in a 5K or 10K run, or go on long and challenging hikes in the local area.  Now I can.  I 'm so thankful to God for giving us everything we need from nature and natural food sources to live healthy and full lives.  I’m ready to practice more awareness and mindfulness of my daily routines and habits.  And I'm ready to share my journey.  Hopefully you will find helpful tips, tools, and inspiration here to guide you on your quest toward healthy living.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to share more with you in the near future.  God bless.


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