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Start Weight
241.0 lb
Lost so far: 14.0 lb

Current Weight
227.0 lb
Performance: losing 0.3 lb a week

Goal Weight
165.0 lb
Still to go: 62.0 lb

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cals: 159kcal | fat: 3.06g | carbs: 29.15g | prot: 3.97g
Rosemary Root Vegetable Mash
Root veggies boiled, roasted, then whipped with herbs.
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The right kind of nutrition
Folks - I've learned some things the hard way, particularly about nutrition and how the food you eat affects your body.

Years ago, when my doctor told me I needed to cut down on my fat intake, I did. I became obsessed with finding low-fat and eventually non-fat food to eat, and then I was afraid to eat fat at all.

After losing 50 lbs, I became pregnant, so I asked my doctor about my diet, and whether I should continue the low/non-fat diet. He said no, I need to balance my diet, so I added fat, and of course I was always hungry and eating more. Can you guess what happened? Since I had deprived myself of fat for so long, my body was not able to process this new diet, and I started passing gallstones while I was pregnant. Two weeks after my emergency C-Section, I was back in the hospital with gallstone pancreatitis, and had to have my gall bladder removed.

Losing weight is important, but even more important is the nutrition your body needs to function properly.

I spent a while on the Atkins diet, including some of the pre-packaged foods, which I eventually cut out because they just didn't taste like real food. It's also easy to become over-zealous with this diet, cutting out all carbs, even those that have health benefits.

Recently, I saw a video by Dr. Terry Wahls, and had a eureka moment. I wish I had seen this 20 years ago, before I got started down the wrong path. It's so logical. Our bodies were built to process certain foods, and if we eat those foods, we will be healthier -- it's as simple as that. Whole foods, green vegetables in particular, are loaded with the nutrients that we need to survive and be healthy. It's not the easiest diet to start, particularly if you are short on time and money, but the benefits certainly outweigh the costs.

The modern diseases that our society is plagued with were not present in our hunter-gatherer ancestors, and if you consider dropping the more modern foods from your diet, some benefits become obvious very quickly. I've cut out all sugar and mostly all processed foods from my diet, so that I can identify everything that I eat. When I look at labels at the store now, I'm looking at the ingredients -- not the calories, fat, etc.

In addition to the 23 pounds I've lost to date, the results from my last blood test were all within normal range, which is something I've struggled with most of my adult life.

I don't count calories, I rarely have any cravings, and I feel good about my outlook. If you're reading my post, the most important thing I hope you take away from this is that it's not a short-term, lose 50 pounds fad diet. This is a lifestyle change. If I stray and have some less-than-healthy foods occasionally, my core diet still consists of mainly vegetables, berries, nuts, fruits, fish, chicken, and plenty of water.
posted 25 Mar 2012, 09:25
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Just starting again with a healthy diet with lots of greens, no processed food, no bread or refined sugar.
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