Two and a half years ago I made a decision to improve my health and I lost 15kg. A life long dieter, this time I was determined to do it differently. With research, and day-to-day effort, I confirmed that my intuition was right, I could indeed do this without a regimented regime. Following a few basics gave me the results I was after.
I'd managed to lose weight without dieting before, once, so I knew I could do it again. And, having tried so many diets and ways of eating over the years, what I also now knew, was what worked for me and what didn't.
With the keto way of eating being extremely popular over the last decade (and much longer when we look at the Adkins Diet which I did way back when), I'd tried this several times without success. This was something my body just did not like. I'd become very constipated very quickly and because of that my whole system felt stuck. I didn't particularly enjoy some of the foods either, so I had my evidence.
What had worked best for me over the years, was eating whole foods. So, nuts, seeds, legumes, fresh (and dried) fruit, vegetables and some chicken and fish. This is the way of eating that I really like because I feel so energised by it.
In addition, leaving out caffeine, alcohol, gluten (I know I'm intolerant), and dairy (I know I have an allergy as I come out in wart-like lumps on my fingers when I consume it and they disappear in a few weeks when I stop), contributes greatly to my feeling of well-being. Having developed these sensitivities over the years, I'm finding that post menopause, they seem to be greater. Now, even one or two cups of tea will give me mild anxiety, as will coffee, dark chocolate and alcohol.
So, this really worked for me, and still does.
Earlier this year I managed to put 5kg back on and I'm now on a journey to get that off. Back to my healthy eating plan with a few small treats each week and my weight is starting to reduce. For me, treats are important. By allowing myself to have some foods that I absolutely love, I have something to look forward to, and that helps me stay on track in between times.
What I say is this... Eat the cake. But not all the time.
Having healthy snacks on hand at home helps too. Each week I'll make a batch of Cacao & Peanut Butter Bliss Balls for my husband and I for our mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks. These, or a handful of nuts is all it takes to keep my hunger at bay until my next meal.
What way of eating works best for you? I'd love to know. Tell us in the comments.
Until next time,