What is it you ask? My answer is you have to figure that out for yourself. Honestly, I don’t believe there is one perfect diet that is going to work for every single person. Trust me, I’ve probably tried most of them. Low carb? Yeah, that one didn’t work so well. If you tell me I can eat all the avocados & nuts I want, then I will. Oops. Oh, and that whole food combing, juicing thing? That didn’t go over so well either. My body literally swells when I eat fructose. Jack Lalanne is not my friend, okay? Skinny Bitch? No thanks. Been there, done that, and I was a complete bitch. I refuse to put my friends and family through that ever again.
There are so many different theories out there, and I’ve read most of them, from Atkins to Gary Taubes (well, I tried reading Good Calories, Bad Calories. Did anyone make it through this book? It was like reading a 640 page research paper). Most people blame weight gain on excess calories. Is a calorie really a calorie? I’ve read all the info. on thermodynamics, blah blah blah, but honestly I think it’s all about food choices for each individual.
Think about it – we’re all different. CD can run 60 miles a week, stop running and not gain an ounce. I can eat bowls and bowls of grains and maintain my weight, but add sugar to the mix, and my belly will double in size in no time. Some people can eat 3000 calories a day and stay thin as a rail, while others struggle to lose weight on 1500 calories a day. Our bodies are an amazing gift, but we were are all built differently, made up of various genes. There are all kinds chemical reactions happening in each of us, and we all have different hormone levels. I don’t understand the science behind everything, but I know that there is not one single diet that is going to work for everyone. How could there be when we are so different?
Experiment. Eat REAL foods. Our bodies were made to recognize foods from the earth and trees, not the local factory. A 300 calorie sweet potato full of vitamin A and potassium is completely different from a 300 calorie meal replacement bar with ingredients we can’t even pronounce. Don’t you think? Eat the wholesome stuff and try not to get caught up in the numbers (I’m really working on this myself!).
I was always overweight up until my early 20’s. However, I was eating the same foods my friends ate growing up: pizza, ice-cream, soda, etc. It’s not like I was hiding in the closet shoveling Twinkies in my mouth or anything, but for some reason I was much heavier than everyone else. Things changed when I gave up sugar. My body simply cannot metabolize sugar, whether it be plain white table sugar or the fructose sugar found in fruit. That’s just the way I’m built. As long as I stick to complex carbs, I’m fine. For others, a diet low in carbs and higher in protein seems to do the trick. Again, you just have to find what works best for you. Eat the foods that suit your body. Eat the wholesome real stuff (like almond butter!) and quit counting. Honor your body with what it truly needs, and don’t forget to listen. Our bodies do talk to us, ya know.
A fun new breakfast this morning:
Wow, this was tasty! I cooked 1/2 cup oat bran with 1 cup of water and then blended the oats with one cup of raw spinach in my Vita-Mix. On top was 1 cooked egg with pepper and a big glob of Gena’s raw cashew pizza cheese. A bit salty and totally Delicious!
Thanks to everyone for your sweet comments after my little mishap on Friday. I’m feeling so much better. Your love and support meant more to me than you know! Have a good week my friends, and remember to eat the real foods that your body wants!