Earthlady's Journal, 26 March 2013

Once again, the low cal day went well. I don't go as low as the book recommends, but this system seems to be working for me - I'm down 500 gr today at 56.6 kg. If we continue to follow the pattern of fluctuations that seems to be emerging, we'll be down to a new low on Friday.

More interesting and really far more valuable than the weight loss (after all, I'm around my goal weight - yippee) are the possible health benefits of this pattern of eating. My MiL was hospitalised and had surgery this last week for cancer, completely unexpectedly (she's only 68) while my own mum, at 79, is into her 5th year of struggling with dementia. More than ever I'm reminded to eat a highly nutritious, wide variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. I'll be examining and re-evaluating my diet with this in mind, something I do occasionally, because although I know I make good choices I do tend to stick with a narrow range of favourite foods.

I fully agree with Kingkeld on the reason for feeling so alert on this eating plan - because when you feel real hunger, your brain goes into hunting mode. I also believe strongly that low calorie intake leads to a strong immune system because when your body isn't kept busy trying to process food it's able to expend its energies on renewal and replenishment. Finger crossed and touch wood - I am at least 20 years older than all my colleagues in my department at work yet I'm rarely ill, while they're constantly coming down with colds, flu and throat infections. I keep an eye on them during the day and see them drnking sodas (I never drink them), eating biscuits and chocolate and bread-type snacks - whereas if I have a drink at work it's water or herbal tea and my snacks are fruit, dried fruit or nuts.

The strange thing is that eating real food and cooking from scratch is seen as weird! I'm known at school amongst teachers and pupils alike as the one with the strange eating habits. There's a lot of admiration, but eating properly and avoiding all kinds of manufactured foods is unusual enough to be noticed and commented upon. Sad.

Diet Calendar Entry for 26 March 2013:
1081 kcal Fat: 29.35g | Prot: 29.66g | Carb: 186.73g.   Breakfast: Kellogg's Lowfat Granola, Plain Yogurt (Lowfat), Cinnamon, Bananas, Strawberries, Roasted Pumpkin and Squash Seed Kernels (Without Salt), Coffee (Brewed From Grounds), Honey. Lunch: Whole Wheat Bread, Sweet Red Peppers, Pesto, Feta Cheese. Dinner: Thousand Island Salad Dressing, Beets, Carrots, Brown rice risotto. Snacks/Other: Granny Smith Apples. more...
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LOL, it's really strange, isn't it... being the odd one out for eating RIGHT! :) There are so many health benefits associated with eating less and eating right. It doesn't take more than a couple of weeks to start feeling those benefits. And yes - the whole alertness thing is amazing. I feel it every day these days. I like it. A lot.  
26 Mar 13 by member: kingkeld
Me too, Kingkeld :) 
26 Mar 13 by member: Earthlady

     
 

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