In Case You Missed the Memo…

I signed up for Weight Watchers. {heavy sigh}

I know, I know… I was all gung-ho on Atkins… then I stalled, as I previously had with just following a low-fat diet. Follow a program, lose thirty pounds. Stall. Follow a new program, lose twenty pounds. Stall. Wish I could tell ya weight loss is easy. It’s not. Probably why we all struggle with it, eh? Probably why it’s a gazillion dollar industry.

I learned a lot from Atkins though, most importantly that carbs really are the enemy no matter which diet program you follow, fat can be enjoyed in moderation, and vegetables are next to godliness. I guess.

End of DietingIn between Atkins and Weight Watchers there was a little long lull there, during which I read an interesting book, “The End of Dieting: How to Live for Life.” In it the author, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, talks about which foods to eat in order to live a long, healthy life. He’s not in it for the weight loss, but for the longevity that each food he recommends can provide. It’s really a very interesting approach… and, of course, he has his own website from which you can purchase his healthy salad dressings and other foods (because no one’s in it for free).

So, I learned about Dr. Fuhrman’s GBOMBS:

Greens
Beans
Onions
Mushrooms
Berries
Seeds

Notice anything missing in there? That’s right, in addition to cutting out most carbs, Dr. Fuhrman cuts out most meat and dairy, too. Thus, I call it the “rabbit food” diet. His theory is that you can get enough protein from plants and beans, and you can get healthy fats from the seeds (flax, chia, etc.). Being a meat-lover, I can’t quite completely follow his program either.

But I can adopt many of the principles, and have. I try to eat as much as possible from this list of foods every single day. Fortunately, I love mushrooms and onions and berries and salads, and I have perfected the art of cooking black beans from scratch. (Just ask Tree.)

I have cut out cows milk altogether, and adapted quite nicely to unsweetened almond milk. I have created a sort of fruit/chia/chocolate pudding that I have nearly every day: berries and/or bananas (about 1 cup total), 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 packet sweetener, 1/4 cup almond milk, 1 tbls chia seeds. Mix it all together and let sit in the fridge for about twenty minutes. The chia seeds gel with the almond milk and cocoa powder around the fruit resulting in a fruity/chocolate mess that is quite satisfying (and only 1 WW point).

While Dr. Fuhrman advocates not counting anything (because you’re not eating enough meat or fat to keep track of), which is appealing, I was still stalled so a couple of weeks ago, I took the plunge during a Weight Watchers promotion (no registration fee) and signed up for the online program only.

I count points while following most of Dr. Fuhrman’s program, adding in meat and healthy fat as I wish, while staying within my daily/weekly WW point allowance. The real beauty of WW? ALL THE FRUITS AND VEGGIES I WANT. No points. Not even bananas. Hoorah!

I’ve lost six pounds in that two weeks, so I’m off to a rockin’ start. I’ll be damned if I’m fat at fifty; I’m still over a year away from the big 5-0, and only about 20 pounds away from an acceptable long-term weight (although more would certainly be nice).

Here’s how far I’ve come:

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To wrap up the other dangling participle, The Transformer DietBet — in short, I started strong the first month… and then I crashed and burned. Didn’t gain any weight, but was in that long stall so didn’t lose anymore either. No weight lost means no cash back. Oh well. Another lesson learned. (DietBet = Stress = No Weight Loss.)

I really do intend to add some healthy Tastefully Simple recipes to that page, so there’s that to look forward to; and, to wrap this up in full disclosure: I ate three Safeway s’more cookies while I was writing this. What can I say, it’s been a very long day of what should be the end of my week, but isn’t. Yes, I know, seven points — and they were worth every point.

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