Over the summer, I decided that it was time for me to get my weight down and especially to lose a lot of fat. I spent some quality time figuring out what to do, whether it be a more traditional diet plan such as Weight Watchers or Nutri System, or something more independent. I read and researched, and finally saw that the big culprit in my life was CARBS.
Yes, that's right, everything I love to eat was my enemy! Fries, mashed potatoes, pasta, rice, potato chips, tacos, ketchup (or is it catsup?), pretty much anything starchy and delicious. Drat!
This was going to mean a big change in everything I did.
At first, I thought I'd do what a friend of mine was doing - carb cycling, where I'd have high and low carb days. Well, that was all fine for her, as she does all that HIIT stuff. OK, I'm not a total couch potato, but I'm also not hitting the gym every day. And with a busy job and life, those high-carb days weren't going to work for me.
Instead, I looked into a bunch of things I could eat that would help me to burn fat, thinking that the side effect to fat loss was weight loss. So I got myself a vat of apple cider vinegar, MCT oil, turmeric, almonds, green leafy veggies, and so on. I sprinkled turmeric on nearly everything I ate, and I even got these amazing apple cider vinegar shots by Ethan's, which I'd shoot down in the morning with my cheese and snap pea pds and turkey or ham or tuna. I cut out grains and started reading labels obsessively, keeping a watchful eye out for any hidden sugars that might cause trouble.
The net result of all this was that I lost almost 30 pounds in just under 3 months, including a lot of fat! Pants that used to be snug on me are baggy now, and clothes I haven't worn for ages fit me perfectly. It's a serious relief to find something that has worked for me, but it's also given me a lot of wisdom about just how toxic our diet really is. In fact, I wanted to add this page to this site because I have a lot to say about food, but a lot of information to share with all of you. So far, this "keto" journey has been really successful, but as I head into the maintenance phase of it, I now need to mix it up in terms of what I want to eat now. Keto crackers, keto brownies, keto bread, all sound amazing to me, and as I gather the recipes and try them out, I'll start to share them with you.
It's not about how much one weighs, in the long run, but about the quality of ones health that really matters. The Fat Acceptance Movement says "healthy at any size," but I don't quite hold with that. I'm by no means a Skinny Minnie, but I would say that my overall health has rapidly improved with the reduction of fat and the improvement of my diet. A heavy person can be active, but the fat inside their bodies, especially that visceral fat that presses against their inner organs, is devastating and leads to all kinds of serious health issues, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and more.
This page, therefore, is for the purpose of sharing some good information regarding diet and health. I'm no physician or dietitian, but the information I've used is all science-based, so I feel pretty confident about it all. As Catholics, we have to be extra mindful of our obligation to treat the body God gave us with respect, and not to destroy it through foods that are toxic and destructive. I'm excited to share some good things I've done and some good foods I've encountered. And feel free to comment about what good things you know that have enhanced your own health.