How to Find the Healthiest Path to Weight loss, Better Health and Longer Life

As I have said before, this is my personal journal. I am sharing my own weight loss and improved health. I have replaced things I ate and drank with healthier alternatives.

For example, I used to drink coffee,  replacing it with green tea. Don’t get me wrong, I loved coffee and I still do, but I know what it does to me. I don’t like the feeling of impending doom and heart palpitations.

Green Japanese tea does none of that. It has less caffeine, but its energy is a subtle energy. It’s a calm flow like meditation.

These days, I eat corn on the cob instead of the corn tortilla. We both could eat soaked and sprouted wheat berries instead of wheat tortillas or wheat cereal, but maybe we don’t need to go that far.

It’s up to you to learn to listen to how your body feels after eating something. For example, I get tired sometimes after eating a large white potato and bean burritos together. Maybe, I should eat one or the other, but not both. But, when I’m hungry, I’m hungry and that’s what I do.

If you are up to it maybe eat less of certain things. Maybe, you have more willpower than I? Potatoes and bean burritos are two of my most favorite meals.

I substitute pink Himalayan salt for regular table salt, using raw unfiltered honey instead of refined white sugar, eating steel-cut oats instead of a box of Cheerios®

Soy milk, almond milk and rice milk should be used in small amounts. For example, you might want to moisten your steel-cut oats with unsweetened soy milk instead of drinking it by the glass full.

It seems like you have to constantly be on the alert to read ingredients in food you buy or you get duped. They have many names for oil and sugar that mean the same thing, only you can’t pronounce the words or remember them.

You just never know what’s in something until you read its ingredients. Don’t assume anything. If you don’t understand the words, play it safe and don’t eat it.

If you want calories try something fatty like seeds, nuts and avocados. But, don’t eat too many seeds and nuts because of lectin. It could cause inflammation in you like it does me. We don’t want to feel lethargic with swollen achy painful joints and muscles, right?

“The first step to changing your behavior is to create an awareness around what you do regularly,” explains Dr. Lisa Marsch, an expert in behavior change at Dartmouth College. “Look for patterns in your behavior and what triggers the unhealthy habits you want to change [1 newsinhealth.nih.gov/2018/03/creating-healthy-habits]”.

For example, I can’t have a bag of cashews lying around on the kitchen counter top because I will eat the whole thing in a day and be limping around tomorrow. I so love those cashews!

Buying them by the bag is like having a gallon of ice cream in the freezer. You always know it’s there and when you get those late night cravings, you can’t resist. It pulls at your appetite like a magnet.

Frozen yogurt anyone? No, it’s not healthier than regular ice cream because it is also made with dairy. But, we all have our weaknesses when it comes to food, don’t we?

All this here is a journey. You learn as you go. Sometimes you are fooled into eating something you think is good but find out later it isn’t. Sometimes you don’t care, you just want to eat something ‘bad’ for you.

Hey, some of the centenarians have their vices like cigars, ice cream, certain soft drinks and chocolate bars, so why not us, too? Maybe, once in a while for us. Not often. Genes may also play an important part in how long we may live.

But, you know the consequences of getting off tract.  Our progress wanes. What we don’t want is weight gain and feeling lousy like before. Wouldn’t we rather like getting off this weight gain and loss roller coaster ride for good?

Eating plant-based whole food is proven to make one lose weight, get healthier and live longer.

Source- 1 URL newsinhealth.nih.gov/2018/03/creating-healthy-habits
Website Title National Institutes of Health
Article Title Creating Healthy Habits
Date Published November 01, 2018
Date Accessed December 15, 2018

Note- consult with your doctor before you change your diet.

 

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