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Advice I'm Happy to Take

A Beyond Diet member wrote in with this incredible story that I just HAD to share. Pat is an amazing person, and I hope everyone will benefit from what she has learned on her weight loss journey.

What makes my life with BD so different from my life before? I now have a clear and simple path to follow and directions to guide me. I have truly changed my lifestyle.

Body image has always been a struggle for me. People told me I was heavy when I was a girl, and I believed them. As a young woman I could overeat on the weekend and drop the weight by Tuesday. Then menopause hit, and the scale went up as the clothes got tighter.

Bag of SugarI have always loved food, especially sweets. I grew up putting sugar on watermelon. I still struggle with sugar and its addicting qualities. I learned to eat fast to beat my brother to seconds. That means I still have to concentrate on chewing. Before BD I was hungry all the time, scolding myself for my lack of willpower. Now I know I really was hungry!

I tried, with some success, to walk away from sugar years ago. I even gave up white pasta for a while. Then I moved to whole grains, and often said that I could live on bread, and couldn't live without it. I was, I believed, eating all the right things – whole grain cereal for breakfast, fighting off low energy mid-morning, eating non-fat yogurt for lunch with canned soup, and then a little meat and a lot of carbs for dinner, although I will admit I’m not sure I knew what a carb was then. I drank diet soda and flavored water.

I had a cold I couldn’t seem to shake and I used an inhaler and took over the counter arthritis meds, as well as a statin for cholesterol and meds for acid reflux. But nothing seemed to help me feel better. I went to the gym, in spurts, but saw little to no improvement.

5 Foods To Avoid for Fat LossSo on December 31, 2011, when the banner ad about five foods to help eliminate belly fat crossed my screen, I jumped at it. I hate formal diets, and I especially hate starting things on January 1; but Isabel’s video was intriguing, and I was desperate.

My first day of BD was a Sunday, so to experiment I stopped eating wheat. My second day, Monday morning after a long holiday, I looked in the bathroom mirror and just stared at what I saw. My eyes were blue and white, not red; my cheeks were pink not gray; I didn't need 10 tissues before I got to the bathroom; and I was smiling. I turned to my cat and said "who’s that?"

I had a doctor’s appointment a week later for blurry vision; when I got there my doctor told me there was nothing wrong with my vision, and that the large amount of wheat I had been eating could have caused the blurriness. I saw my primary care physician a week after that. He was impressed, touted a high protein diet, and confirmed that I have allergies to gluten.

I don’t do BD perfectly, and every now and then I step into that cycle of overeating and then beating myself up, but that’s when I go online and start reading and posting under shares. It keeps me honest and gets me back on track every time.

10742085_sNow for breakfast I have whole fat cottage cheese or bacon and eggs with spinach, and for a mid-morning snack I usually pack whole fat plain Greek yogurt and sliced peppers or berries. For lunch I generally eat dark meat chicken or beef and veggies, and in the afternoon I snack on nuts or nut butter. For dinner I generally have meat and a carb. I drink lots of water, and most weeks I exercise 4-5 times a week, and I work up a sweat when I do. I recently participated in a wellness program, and improved my aerobic capacity from "good" to "superior" in ten weeks.

I've lost about 17 lbs and 2-3 inches off most of my body. I’m down 2-3 sizes in clothes, and I feel so much better. I stopped using the inhaler, and I only take the arthritis meds on occasion. I haven’t had a cold since I started BD. I still take my statin, but my cholesterol is even better, and my triglycerides dropped 60 points in a year. Now when I go to my doctors, they sit back, cross their arms as they smile and shake their heads and tell me to keep doing whatever I’m doing.

And that’s advice I’m happy to take.

Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       3 posts
  1. Meal planning   
       2 posts
  1. Balance   
       1 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       1 posts
  1. Parenting   
       1 posts
  1. Clean eating   
       1 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       1 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       1 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       1 posts

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