I love that you have shifted into the “lifestyle” mentality
and then proven this by going off the journaling grid for a few weeks and
maintaining your weight. That does show that you have retrained your taste buds
and are making choices that can support your long-term healthy body composition
and overall health. You’ve come a long
way from the way you used to eat, which was high in starchy, processed carbs
with sugar on top.
I am going to encourage you to speak with your physician
about going gluten free. Your physician can order tests to determine if you are
indeed gluten intolerant. If that is the case, you may need to permanently
remove gluten from your diet to avoid doing permanent damage to the lining of
I am thrilled that you are incorporating a morning smoothie
into your day. Greek style yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt so that
is a great choice. You can even find almond milk varieties that are fortified with protein
(plain almond milk has about 1 g of protein). When you are selecting your milk
at the grocery store, compare labels to find the almond milk with more protein.
I love tossing in freshly ground flaxseed meal – it’s a great source of fiber and
alpha-linolenic acid. Alpha-linolenic acid can be used in the body to manufacture
EPA and DHA
This is also a
great time to try a "cleanse". A cleanse can really mean
anything from trading your soda for sparkling water to dumping foods to dumping
a bunch of unhealthy foods for 1-3 weeks to get a restart and drop a few pounds
while you are at it.
Here are my
recommendations for you to follow for the next 7-21 days. You can do them
all (yes, please!) or choose a few, but whatever you do, be sure to journal it
and ideally have a friend or two join you for the accountability and support.
Increase your water (and replace the soda, alcohol, coffee and juice with
the added sugar - find where it is hiding and get it gone (this goes for
artificial sweeteners too!). Have berries or an apple instead
3. Lose the
up the non starchy veggies - especially the deep green leafy ones - try adding
a "green drink" as well
5. Up the
fiber - seeds, nuts, berries, fruit, non starchy veggies and legumes are great
the day with a smoothie
sure your protein choices are clean and lean like grass fed beef, wild
fish and free range chicken
I am also glad to hear you are clearing out the clothes that
no longer fit you. That is such an important thing to do. You want to make sure
that as you lose the weight, you clear out the larger sizes so that you don’t
have the option to regain any weight back!
Love to hear what is going on exercise wise! And update me
on the gluten challenge.
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