Howdy, all. Your friendly neighborhood Sherrie here.
I struggle with my weight. You know this because I've shared before. I'll lose, then regain, then plateau for months at a time. I've done fasts, extreme diets, and taken supplements. I've eliminated entire food groups just to see if it would work for me. I've been stuck on meds for one ailment or another and tried working around the weight gain side effects. I've nearly starved myself following super low calorie plans in hopes of jump-starting my weight loss.
Bah! I've messed up my metabolism and irritated my already aggravated system. I've made weight the central issue instead of my overall health and that had to change. The end of extreme is here and now. Out are all of the crazy things I've tried in the past. In come common sense and real food.
Real food from plant sources first are foremost. I won't tell you that you have to eat like I do, but I will tell you what works and doesn't work for me. I operate better on plants. Beans, greens, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, onions, garlic, berries, apples, mangoes, avocados, and the rest. Seeds and nuts are good, too, just not too many. Olives make me smile and give me a little salty, fatty goodness in a small serving. And I love my rice, oatmeal, and quinoa. I just can't have huge plates of those alone.
Am I giving up all the sugar? Not 100%; at least not yet. I've cut back a lot over the years and even more over the past few months. And it feels good. I get more than enough sugar from fruit 98% of the time. That other 1-2% percent? A cookie or something like that. Or raw vegan cheesecake.
So, that's my plan in a nutshell. Not just my plan, but my new and much improved way of life. Are you making any changes? Tell me about it. You're not alone. Not now or ever.