So I had a hamburger the other day...
And it was lovely. Bet you won’t find that in most health and wellness books or diets. So am I a hypocrite? Not a shining example of living Sevenpointfive? Nope. Wanna know why?
I’m sorry to hear about your fructose, lactose, gluten, nut allergy. This is a pet peeve of mine. So I’m sorry if I’m not too supportive. I know food allergies seem to be on the rise, but how many gluten intolerant people were mentioned in the bible?
“The Isrealites wandered through the wilderness for 40 years, and the whole time Zebediah complained of bloatedness.” Hezekiah 16:6 (Disclaimer: This is not an actual bible text. The ANC has not approved this quote.)
Eating out is fun, educational and relaxing. But if you’re on a strict diet, for health, weight loss, whatever, the fun can be sucked out. Eating healthily can be difficult. There are a couple ways to keep the fun but still have a healthy meal.
1. Prepare: If you’re trying to eat healthily, teach yourself what you are actually trying to avoid and why. If you are trying to maintain an alkaline body, is all acid bad? Does that mean you should not have that salad because there might be lemon juice? Well, is lemon juice acid causing? (No.) Don’t wonder: can I eat bread? What about corn? Tacos? Oats? Beans? The question is really not to know every ingredient and whether you can or can’t eat it, but what the point is. Perhaps its just that you are avoiding complex carbohydrates because it is difficult to digest. And don't be shy to take your Coral Calcium water or Assimil-8 with you.
So December came and went, New Years was kind of ok, again, and 2nd most popular new year's resolution with 37% of the vote is to cleanse oneself of all the holiday braais, beers, champagne and desserts.
This normally involves eating lots of salad, abstaining from alcohol and drinking green tea. For the hardier detoxer, it may go as far as the grape diet (which excludes wine by the way), soup diet, or perhaps even having a hosepipe inserted… Well let's just say an alien probe won't be all that new for the acomplished colon cleanser.
The question is, is this all necessary?
I have bad news. Losing weight isn’t easy. Its simple, but not easy. Eat less calories than you expend. The problem is normally maintaining it. Since its been said that I enjoy my food, and I am partial to Joey from Friends favourite meal, fried stuff with cheese, I have found myself delving deeper and deeper into weight loss methods as I've got older. These are my personal tips, not necessarily scientific.
1. You gotta exercise. Even if the exercise you’re doing is not enough to burn a couple thousand calories and turn you into Kate Moss overnight, it does tighten you muscles and release endorphins. So you will definitely look a little firmer and you will feel good, making the need for comfort food unnecessary. Plus, if you do something enjoyable, like walking on the beach or playing a sport, its not painful.
2. Most people who are concerned with their weight have a scale. Its good and bad, and can get ugly. Its good that you can monitor yourself, but it is bad if you are working on it and not seeing results, and it gets ugly when you’re measuring yourself every five minutes. I suggest measure yourself no more than once a week. And look in the mirror rather than the scale. If you like what you see in the mirror, it doesn’t matter what the scale says. (You’re probably just putting on muscle.)