Taking the Die Out of Diet!

Taking the Die Out of Diet!

“Hey, I’m depraved on account I’m deprived.” Dear Officer Krupke, West Side Story

You’ve decided it’s time.  You’ve literally eaten your way through Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s.  If that wasn’t enough — you consumed enormous quantities of calories attending all those holiday parties.  You are left with a widening waistline, little or no energy, and quite often a dip in your self-esteem.

When you think of the word “diet,” what comes to mind?  How about:

  1. Low fat (or no fat)
  2. No pasta, no bread, no sweets –NO CARBS
  3. Limited calories
  4. No Alcohol
  5. Salads, salads, salads (OMG, I hate green food)
  6. Gluten-free foods — What the hell is gluten?
  7. Starvation

If you can say “Yes” to one or more of the above, you are in deprivation mode.  Trust me, that inevitably leads to becoming depraved.  An example of this kind of depravity is simple.  I do not like coconut.  I’m not fond of the aroma, the taste, or the texture of those shavings placed on top of desserts.  If I am told I cannot have coconut, I will begin to crave it.  In anticipation of expected deprivation, I become depraved!

Like many of you, I’ve tried so many weight loss plans and had little or no success.  Maybe I lost some pounds, but stop the diet, and they would miraculously reappear.  In surrender, I’d thrown my arms in the air figuring, I’d never win in the diet arena.  As I stated in my previous blog post, what finally got my attention was a heart attack.  This weight problem was no longer a vague idea of looking better, my life was on the line.

My life is so often serendipitous.  It took 2 years to find my primary physician.  Incredibly, she is board certified in obesity medicine and has more than a nodding acquaintance with nutrition.  She provides seminars for her patients which include professional dietitians, psychologists, and physical therapists.  She started me on the path of my weight loss journey.  To date, I’ve said goodbye to 35 pounds.

In addition, I’ve taken on-line nutrition courses through edtogo.com.  This does not make me an expert, but I’ve found some things that have worked for me — and that may work for you.  Perhaps you can share some of your experiences that will help other readers.

There is no “one size fits all” diet out there.  Wish there was — bet you do too.  However, sharing what’s worked and what hasn’t might give someone else a “leg-up.”

The “Food for Thought” section of my blog will include suggestions, ideas, recipes (if from another source, there will be links to them).  I hope you are as excited about this section in my blog, as I.  Let me hear from you.

 

6 thoughts on “Taking the Die Out of Diet!

  1. I am seriously involved with the Dash Diet to control my BP. Because it’s loaded with foods that I avoid and many that leading nutritionists suggest that you avoid, I’m in the process of reworking it. It’s loaded with breads, bagels, donuts, and cereals (would you believe Cheerios, glazed donuts, French toast, Wheaties?!). Basically it’s fat and salt free. It has a lot of low fat dairy and most nutritionists say the fat helps you digest the protein. I started in with the high fiber foods and really suffered before I realized that you have to increase water. I have to buy a lot of fruit and greens and have them for every meal. This diet apparently works very well for weight loss and, fortunately, I haven’t lost any weight. 125 seems to work well for me and I seldom vary from that no matter what I eat. BP continues to average 140. Worse problem is the freezing weather outside and the dry heat indoors. Gotta go now to fire up the humidifiers. Good luck!

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    1. Joyce: I just went through the ​information I received when I was going to the weight loss sessions. The Dash Diet was one of 2 diets recommended by the dietitian who taught many of the classes. I’m surprised at what you’ve indicated. Whole grains were advocated, but I didn’t see anything about donuts, bagels, and sugary cereals. It is low fat (2 – 3 servings per day) and low salt. Where did you get your information? I pretty much stick with a Mediterranean diet.

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      1. I read through the meal plans in “The Dash Diet Action Plan” by Marla Heller, MS, RD. I have been gluten-free for several years and it seemed to clear up most of my minor inflammation problems. The DDAP advised a lot of whole wheat bread products and refined WW cold cereals. I couldn’t possibly go in that direction but also wanted to eliminate the gluten-free starchy breads. I also go easy on dairy but DDAP has lots of that. DDAP suggests an occasional cheeseburger – I never eat hamburgers. I have always eaten a lot of fresh dark greens (breakfast included), salads, turkey, yogurt. So 4 important changes for me: more fruit (yuk), more water, regular exercise, more sleep (less coffee!). I limit desserts (gave up dark chocolate) to applesauce, yogurt drizzled with molasses or jam. I have all new charts to work with. Hard work! The Mediterranean diet is the BEST general diet for health and weight loss. I could use that but would have to carefully watch the salt. I’m salt and fat-free, and calcium and fiber rich.

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      2. You’re a better dieter than I, Gunga Din! As I mentioned, tell me there is something I must give up, ​and I’ll absolutely crave it! I don’t have celiac disease and don’t seem to be troubled by gluten. I love my wine but so far have not had any this month — that’s about as much of a giving up thing as I can do. I use a lot of spices and herbs as an alternative to salt and don’t have very much highly processed foods. Keep up the good work, girl.

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  2. Sometimes the appestat needs retraining and the older we are, the longer that takes. Keep all of us posted on your progress.

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    1. OMG!!!! You had me at appestat — a new word added to my vocabulary. As mentioned, I’m not a dietitian or nutritionist. I am conscious about what I put into my body, so just putting out what has worked for me. Will try and work on my appestat.

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