Diet. It’s not something that I’ve done in my life very much. Instead, I’ve done something that’s it’s own version of that ugly four letter word. I’ve never really believed that you can change the way you eat for a week or a month and then go back to the way you ate and actually keep the weight off. So when I go on a diet, it’s more about changing the way I eat. And that means, changing the way my entire family eats.
I’ve picked up diet book after diet book and healthy eating book after healthy eating book. For the most part, it’s been the same result. Often, I think back to the time when I was a teenager and watched my mother look at herself in the mirror. She was always somewhat overweight, at least when I was in her life. She had seven children and I was the seventh. Standing in front of the mirror, she’d pull in her stomach and hold it for a brief second imagining herself to be thinner. As a grown woman, I often do the same thing.
I haven’t been fat all of my life. When I was younger up until I got pregnant, I was in good to great shape. Somewhere in between giving birth to one child and now, the weight never came off. I just couldn’t figure out how to get slim again. Maybe it was part of watching my mother in the mirror that caused it. I mean I was young enough and vulnerable enough to actually manifest her image on me and not even know it. Maybe I inherited her genes and maybe there’s really no way to get past the fact that if you have fat parents, then you are going to be fat yourself. I’m not really sure.
What I do know is that I’m not fat, because I eat the same way that she did. My entire way of eating has changed almost yearly now for about 10 years. Every time I pick up a new book that has a supposedly tried and true way of eating that will improve something in our bodies, that’s usually our diet for the next however long. My poor husband and son. They are both my guinea pigs. I can almost feel him looking over my shoulder as I read a new book gleaning new information and wondering what’s next on the menu. Although he goes into whatever I try fairly willingly, I do often wonder how much longer I can keep this mess up. So, when I find a new way of eating, I have to convince myself that it’s really based on a valid, working theory before putting the entire family through it.
Most diet books are written by people that have never been over weight.
When you flip to the back dust jacket cover, usually a white, very thin man or woman is pictured.
About a week ago, I was at the verge of believing that I’d be fat for the rest of my life. I’d resigned myself to that fact. That’s about the time I ran into the most amazing book ever. It wasn’t based around calories or fat or even exercising. It was instead based on the fact that we have one stomach and that stomach is designed to digest one type of food at a time.
If you’ve ever taken chemistry, you’ll understand this example. If you have a slab of meat, which is a protein, and you want to break it down, you use an acid. If you have a starch and you want to break it down, you use an alkaline. If you sit down at a meal and eat a steak with a potato (which is a starch), you’ve just eaten both a starch and a protein so the body has to use both an acid and an alkaline to break it down. Like I said, you only have one stomach. Both the starch and the alkaline are put into your one stomach and when the two (acid and alkaline) mix, they neutralize each other. So the food that you’ve just eaten for energy can’t be broken down. The food isn’t even turned into energy. Don’t take my word for it. Go look it up yourself.
Personally, I can understand this process that was just described. It makes a whole lot of sense. My diet is really good. I’m the one in the store with a load of vegetables and little to nothing else in my cart. At any given time, there’s usually a bunch of skinny people all around me that have loads of meat, sodas and junk food. I know that I eat good. Obviously, I’m just not eating right.
I’m actually sick and tired of trying to starve myself to not lose anything. I’m fed up with feeling yucky and without any energy. I also really feel that the human body is amazing. So what is wrong with this entire situation?
If you are at this point in your life and feel that you’ve done everything that should cause you to lose weight, and none of it has worked, then join me. I believe that I’ve found the secret to losing weight. For the past week, I’ve followed the basic principles laid out in my new book. In five days, I actually lost 2 pounds. Considering that I’ve spent almost 15 years trying to lose a pound in a month, this is a very large accomplishment. I’ve actually stumbled onto something quite extraordinary here. I’m going to keep you posted as I lose weight. So please check back often.