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Back to the Basics

May 24, 2017

It is both frustrating and amusing when strangers and friends alike ask, “Oh, you’re trying the gluten-free thing?”  I am convinced that gluten eventually caused my gallbladder to function at 5%.  So, yes, I guess one could say I’ve been “trying the gluten-free thing” and the “clean food thing” for about five months now and choose not to go back to the bloated belly and miserable “blah” feeling that so often comes with the gluten gut.

I have chosen to maintain a diet of fruits, vegetables, meat, grains, and dairy.  It sort of bugs me that the word “diet” has four or five definitions.  I have never been on a fad diet where I restrict myself to a certain amount of calories or weigh in habitually.  Those types of diets would not bode well for my personality.  Like most, my human nature is to go against whatever it is that I am supposed to be doing.  If I tell myself that I don’t need to eat the candy or to drink the soft drink, then I will gulp it down.  However, if I tell myself that I can eat whatever I want, I end up eating real food!  I recently watched a documentary on Netflix entitled “Hungry for Change” in which I highly recommend.  I will warn you that this documentary is not for those who aren’t willing to have an open mind.  The following quotes are just a few concepts from the show.

Why Diets Don’t Work: We can lose weight on a diet, but it’s a little bit like borrowing from Peter to pay Paul. We can drop 10 pounds through sheer willpower, but we’ll have to pay it back. And pay it back with interest. Every time we force ourselves to lose weight, our bodies will hold on to extra weight to protect itself from a perceived famine. – Jon Gabriel (Hungry For Change)

One may lose weight with a fad diet at first, but it is mostly fluid.  When following a fad diet, the necessary food groups aren’t always allowed.  There’s that word and negative mindset again–allowed!  The recommended amounts for weight/height from the good ole 4/5 food groups are all anyone needs to lead a healthy lifestyle.  According to www.choosemyplate.gov, I should consume 2,000 calories per day which should consist of 2 cups of fruits, 2.5 cups of vegetables, 6 ounces of grains, 5.5 ounces of protein, and 3 cups of Dairy.  I do not measure my food or chart it anymore on my app, but I do get pretty close to these amounts daily.  I have always considered my intake to be fairly healthy, but I realized about five months ago that I was addicted to sugar.  This addiction is sneaky.  It also took about three weeks for the crazy cravings to subside.  It was so worth it.  Now, I mostly get my sugar from the whole foods that I eat.  When I make bread or cookies (gluten-free), I sweeten with local raw honey or maple syrup. I hope to spark an interest in eating healthy by going back to the basics.  Focus on adding real food instead of telling yourself “No”!