I need to lose weight.
I need to cut back on sweets and starches.
I’ve been hampered by the fact that starches are the most digestible thing for my body’s version of ulcerative colitis, but I have to push the envelope and get away from it. The weight just isn’t healthy at my age or with my history of high blood pressure.
The buck stopped yesterday morning. I ate perfectly yesterday, for the first time in probably over a year.
Here’s what I’m doing to change my diet. I don’t use the term ‘dieting’ because that suggests short term. This just can’t be short term anymore. It has to be long term. Perhaps as I get closer to my goal weight, I can loosen up once a week or so for a dessert, but not until then.
So, here’s the deal:
I eat lots of meat, first and foremost. I am going to try and eat more veggies and fruits to a lesser degree. Raw produce is hard for my UC, but I’m going to try and get at least a couple of salads in a week, and 1 serving of fruit per day, if I can tolerate it. The rest of my veggies will be well steamed or baked. 1-2 servings of hard cheese a day. (I can’t handle dairy other than hard cheese and a splash of organic half and half once a day in my decaf coffee.) A small handful of nuts 1-2 times a day. (4-6 nuts an afternoon will be one of my few allowed ‘snacks.’) Back to the good habit of if I eat lunch out at work, I intermittent fast the rest of the day/have no dinner. Plenty of water.
No chips. No donuts or pastries. No chocolate. No desserts. No more than 1 serving of starch, up to 4 servings per week.
That should do it. And slowly starting to introduce exercise again; my favorite forms being dancing and level walking (meaning, if I do incline walking I have feet problems, but don’t seem to when I keep to level ground.)
Working my exercise up to at least 30 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week. But right now still trying to regain my stamina from the jungle rot (still coughing, but not as bad as it has been.)
So that’s the game plan. I’ve learned not to get much more specific than this on the blog, or it brings out the passionate devil’s advocates that love to put down other people’s plans if they don’t follow their own. So no specifics on weight, no daily details on foods eaten, etc. Just general summaries.
So if anyone wants to join me in trying to lose weight and/or eat better, let’s pump each other up! We can do this!!!