Okay, not really. But it got your attention. The title should actually read, “Joy’s Common Sense Eating Tips.” There are different tips that we pick up from day to day that just make sense, like, cutting down on the sugar, alcohol, etc. So let me comprise a brief list of what my “starvation” diet entails, and you will see that at first you may feel like you are starving, but once you get use to these minor adjustments, you won’t really (feel as if you’re starving).
“Joy’s Common Sense Eating Tips” (I don’t like “dieting”)
1. Fat is fat. Fat is oil and grease. So, stop eating (or cut way back on) fried foods because they contain oil and grease. Hello?
2. Avoid fast foods. They are fast for a reason. Fast food is processed food…nutrients processed right out of the food! Empty, fat calories. Let it go and walk away.
3. Avoid white foods: white breads, white rice, white sugar, white (whole) milk, white pasta. Instead, opt for wheat breads or whole grain breads, brown rice, brown sugar or honey, skim or soy milk, etc. You get the idea. Foods with color.
4. Avoid traditional desserts: cakes, pies, candies, honey buns, cupcakes, ice cream, etc. Only eat these items MAYBE once a week and only a little bit until you have met your goals. Remember, we’re establishing a new, healthy lifestyle. If you have a sweet tooth, eat a piece of fruit or a small piece of dark chocolate.
5. Eat chicken and turkey (white meat) and seafood. Eat only a little red meat occasionally.
6. Eat 3 decent size meals (no seconds) and 2 snacks a day and nothing within 3 hours of bedtime. Eat mostly poultry/seafood and fruits and vegetables, nuts and beans. As you approach 40 (and beyond), these are the foods that you need most. By the way, as you approach 40, your daily caloric intake requirement is 30% LESS than what you were accustomed to. Which means, if you eat the same way you always have and exercise the way you always have, you will naturally gain weight as your metabolism naturally slows with age. So what do you do? Eat less (and more healthy) and exercise more (or at least one or the other)!
7. Drink at least 64 ounces of water daily. Drink only natural juices. If you drink an alcoholic beverage, opt for a glass of red wine. Flush that system! Hydrate that body!
8. And as a sidebar, remember to take your multivitamins and whichever herbal supplements your body needs. All of these tips combined with the multivitamin and herbal supplements FINALLY had ALL of my levels/blood work normal for the first time in my adult life!
To your health and wellness,