[Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Any weight loss program or exercise program or dietary change needs to be carefully considered in light of a person's age, medical condition, medications, etc. I do not take responsibility for the use, misuse, or no use of this information. This page is for consideration and information.]
How to Lose Weight
I was not trying to lose weight but a bunch of changes in my lifestyle took place at different points for different reasons. The end result was that I noticed that I looked thin even though I have been walking around satiated (with a full feeling and eating what I want) and have my physical strength. These are some of the things that happened--
- I ridded the kitchen of sugar and honey and pre-made sweets (I have honey and sugar around for medicinal purposes, but not in the kitchen. Honey is good for us--sugar is not--but I put honey to the side at this time.).
- I would take a morning walk previously, but then began to walk in the afternoons when taking my daughter out for a run.
- I read that it is good to water down yogurt for certain nutritional benefit, so I did and found it delicious. I also started watering down other things as well, like milk (a drink that I really enjoy), and juices which I occasionally drink with vitamin C powder. When the juice is watered down a lot, I might add a little Stevia (maybe less than a tablespoon) for a hint of sweetness (they say Stevia, a natural product made from the Stevia plant, has no calories). The store you go to may have Stevia in the supplement section. I have had a Stevia plant in my garden in the past--the leaves are sweet and the Stevia substance that I use tastes like it. In some places, you may actually have to go to the vitamins section to get Stevia.
- I implemented a rule that if we wanted something sweet, we had to make it ourselves--no picking it up from the store. I have a book, "I Cannot Believe It's Not Sugar," with some recipes that we like. One recipe, for muffins, uses apple juice concentrate. I make something sweet occasionally.
- I started doing push ups and sit ups for strengthening.
- I began drinking hot water to soothe my vocal chords and found it like tea to me and it was satisfying and continued the practice. [One day, I put a few tablespoons of green flour and salt in the hot water for nutrition and had instant soup which actually filled me up.]
- I saw that a whole sandwich or a whole hamburger was too much for me. By the time I finished with side dishes and drinking, I found it was too much food, so I started only eating half of a sandwich. I was told that a handful of food is actually enough to feed a person, which I thought was interesting and good to know in time of scarcity.
- I started making savoury soups out of leftovers (baked chicken with vegetables, steaks, beans, etc.)--not thinking about how we were getting full off of the water in the soups. This is something else that is good to know in time of scarcity--how to extend the food with water, meanwhile the body is getting the hydration that it needs.
The goal of this article is not to make thin the ideal, but some people have lived as gluttons and may find these tips (in conjunction with "Finding Release from Compulsive Disorders" Part I and Part II ) of use. In "televisionized," "educationalized," "modernized," "technologicalized," countries, people do a lot of sitting. The calories we eat should be expended in profitable ways. We should not eat too much and work too little. I read in a book about horses how wild horses are smaller and eat less than their domestic counterparts. Yet when we look at these wild animals, they are hardy and live outside all year long unpampered--mosquitos, snow, rain, drought, and burning hot sun, they are outside and they live. And when we look at tribal peoples, they are often lean--they work for their sustenance. Because we do not, many are overweight.
I wish to note here that I have continued eating butter, grease, cheese, bread, bacon, cream cheese, sour cream, potatoes, beef, pork, chicken, fish, turkey, crabs, ham, greens, apples, bananas, avocados, kiwis, grapes, oatmeal, almonds, walnuts, etc. This page in no way is a call to a fat free, dangerous, vitamins-are-food, unbalanced diet...
I heard a man testify that once he gave up the grape soda that he was addicted to, he lost a lot of weight. Drinking that grape soda was adding a lot of empty calories to his diet. One item that can add a lot of calories to meals is condiments like salad dressing. I was in a health food store on two different occasions and they had samples of tossed salad with a little dressing already mixed into them. I started doing this at home and we liked it (this is another one of those changes that occurred in my life). Here is a salad idea--
- take a good sized amount of spinach, collards (6 or 8 good-sized leaves), or other raw greens,
- cut into thin strips,
- toss with a quarter cup of chopped nuts or seeds, maybe a little baked delicata squash cut up in small pieces, or maybe your favorite grated cheese, thin slivers of garlic and/or purple onion, etc.,
- add a modest amount dressing and mix to coat (you can make your own dressing with olive oil, balsmic vinegar, dijon mustard, and finely minced garlic. You could also "doctor up" your favorite brand with the ingredients like these thereby making each bottle that you buy two bottles. You may wish to visit allrecipes.com for recipe ideas.)
- sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and let sit for a few minutes before serving.
This salad can serve several people and can be served as a side dish or as an entree (perhaps with some meat chopped up in it or some leftovers placed in the midst of it and a side of garlic bread).
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