Saturday, September 06, 2014
Almost two weeks ago I bought a book by Travis Stork called the Doctors Diet. Now I hate the "d" word so I wished he titled it the Doctors Healthy Eating Plan or something like that.
I have fantastic results. I lost 6 pounds in less than two weeks and I checked the calorie count and there is more than enough calories in it. It is just the type of calorie. Never before have I eaten so many vegetables or breakfast for that matter although my breakfast is a smoothie. The plan vascillates between two weeks strict followed by two weeks a bit looser. You just keep changing up the weeks until you do maintenance.
I don't like having to plan and think about what I eat but it takes a conscious mind to conquer unhealthy eating. The test will be if I find the plan sustainable for the long haul.
It isn't easy but honestly I break it down to one day at a time. I don't think of it as a diet I think of it as eating clean. This may be a mind game on my part but whatever it takes.
Ultimately, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks of your eating or your exercise. You are accountable to yourself.
I made up my mind not to ever be in the pre-diabetic range. I was there once and along with my high blood pressure and arthritis my doctor had me on her chronic list. This is a club I am no longer a member of and I want to keep it that way. I am working on a goal of seeing the doctor for an annual check up and having fantastic blood work results. I am 62 and believe me having cut out sugar on this diet has made a huge difference in how my arthritis feels. It is so much better. I know weight loss helps with arthritis but I now have a theory about sugar linking to inflammation. It is the only explanation I have to why my hip is suddenly so much less painful. Talk about positive reinforcement for sticking to the plan! It actually hurts when you fall off the wagon!