Well I have been researching a way to lose weight and get out of pain ..I have all over muscle pain and a bad knee (my knee cap does not ride properly over the joint) I get lots of headaches bad and almost daily ,I live on advil all day and am just tired all the time!! I have no energy and to top it off I have insomnia and run on about 4 to 6 hours of not so restful sleep - needless to say I HATE mornings!!
I have tried to eat low fat high carb diets and actually lost 30 pounds years ago with it but I could not stick with it and I felt like all I thought about was food I had terrible cravings all the time...so poof that diet went and weight came back on....
Then I tried low carb (Atkins and yes I used to the book I didn't "wing it")but frankly I just CANNOT eat meat all the time - my stomach can't take it...I am a veggie girl what can I say give me a baked potato with corn and green beans or asparagus or broccoli or whatever for dinner and I am happy...Anyway way I also still craved the junk and don't get me wrong I love meat but NOT everyday I only eat meat maybe 2 or 3 times a week.I also was VERY tired with this diet..
I tried vegetarian ,my son was vegetarian all his life (since he was a baby - he never liked meat it made him gag and throw up) til about 4 yrs ago when he tried a cheap McDonald's hamburger and said "This is the most delicious thing I have ever had!" - I swear he said that haha....He just doesn't swallow meat (except for hamburgers and tacos)like pot roast or ham etc usually he just chews it up and spits it out cause he like that taste but not the texture,fat or grisly stuff ...but at the time I tried that I didn't have the Internet so I was really limited in what I could make and most of tasted like ..well YUK!! although my son loved my black bean burgers and my lentil meatloaf stuff etc (I didn't like it haha)...but I still wanted mac and CHEESE and BEEF and chicken etc....and back then I LOVED bread and pasta...and don't get me started on chocolate!!
My highest weight ever was 230 pounds when I was 19 yrs old and I did manage to get down to 170 pounds for awhile but then I went up to 200 and held steady for YEARS!! and when I got pregnant with my son I only gained 18 pounds (terrified I would gain more I actually ate VERY healthy while pregnant) so when he popped out I was back to pre preg weight which was 200 pounds exactly...I have held 200 pounds since I was 23 years old sometimes dropping down to 170 but MOST of time I held at 200 pounds BUT then came DISABILITY!! I hurt myself at work about 7 yrs ago and no longer could use my arms so I sat around all the time and didn't really do anything much - no exercise just sat in front of puter...I did try going for walks but well I wasn't consistent ...mostly I just watched TV and played on puter ...I did go dancing about every 2 weeks with a man I was dating at the time but it wasn't enough exercize of course and ran around playing with my son but again it wasn't enough...I always thought when I got back to work the weight I gained (I was now back up to the DREADED 230 pounds) would some how magically go away due to lifting and walking at work (I hardly sit at work and I haul 30 pound bags of dog food around - yup I work at a pet store) but instead what happened was I discovered McDonald's breakfast and WOW am I addicted YES ADDICTED to sausage biscuit with cheese ,hashbrowns and a diet coke - large...yes that is my breakfast at least 2 times a week ..more if I can swing it...NO WONDER I AM TIRED !!! DUH!!!!!!!!!!!! I eat what I can afford and usually that means junk -I get this breakfast and skip lunch (breakfast is cheaper than ordering lunch from a restaurant and this keeps me full all day) - if any of you are poor like me you know its EXPENSIVE to eat healthy and hard to afford BUT I have decided I HAVE to find a way to afford to eat better if I want my business to take off,to sleep better,and get OUT of PAIN!!...I NEED energy!!I NEED to lose weight!!! I NEED to be HEALTHY!!!
SOO I researched online for MONTHS different diets Mediterranean diet,South Beach,Weight Watchers,etc etc counting calories, counting carbs ,counting points, counting counting counting - I HATE counting!!! I won't stick with anything like that!!! After reading SO much about RAW foods diet I decided I would try it -NO COUNTING !! I don't take away or deprive myself I just ADD healthy foods to my diet!! and so far amazingly the cravings are slowing down already..I do still want my McDonald's but I think its more in my head ...I just need to find some breakfast thing that is satisfying ..My discovery of homemade almond milk will sure help hahaha!!! So when income tax refund time came I decided to invest in MYSELF and bought the tools to help me stay motivated ..My son said he would try some new stuff and go along with me which is great support!!! ..So here we are..I would say we are intermediate with our diet. At this point we are adding more live foods and trying new things and cutting back on the junk(chips etc) adding salads to each meal..smoothies with fresh fruit and greens...I am going to make some flax crackers using some of the veggie pulp from juicing (hate to waste that stuff -what can I say I am FRUGAL!) and oh the almond pulp I am going to add that too for crackers or maybe to some sprouted dehydrator bread..we will see..We still eat some cooked veggies like potato,green beans (sorry i don't like those raw) and some carrots etc....but eat MUCH more RAW than we EVER have before and we are LOVING it!!!
Sooo that gives you an idea of the how and why I am at this junction in my life...I CAN do this way of eating and it's NOT a DIET (HATE that word) its just AWESOME!!!
Til next time!!!