Happy New Year!!
Guess what? I made one resolution this year--to pray every day. To pray in thanks for my blessings, to end suffering in the world, for the health and well being of my family and myself. I’ll be praying for my country (and since Trump is in the White House, may I suggest that you start praying too!), for my state and my city. You get my drift. There is a lot to pray for.
My annual resolution has fallen off the list. I did not resolve to lose weight, because I lost 20 pounds in 2017 and plan to fine tune what worked so well for me in 2016.
First let me tell you what I did last year that was successful but NOT for everyone. In the spring I stumbled across a website, www.intensivedietarymanagement.com, and later a book called “The Obesity Code” by Dr. Jason Fung. The book advocates fasting as a cure for diabetes. Lots of science, but the bottom line is that he recommends that you refrain from eating from 24-48 hours two to three days a week. Yes, you read that correctly. Its called intermittent fasting.
Most people will you stop reading at that point, because there is NO WAY that you are going to go without food for even half a day, let alone a full one, but hold up (wait a minute). Dr. Fung makes a really good case for fasting and its origin in religious practices, like Ramadan and Yom Kippur. I remember that my grandmother used to fast every Friday until dinner time. And she lived to be 102, so there must be something to the whole “eat less, live long” idea. It made sense to me so I tried it.
I WAS STARVING, or so I thought. And I felt lousy, which isn’t supposed to happen. But I lost a few pounds so clearly the idea had merit, it just needed to be done in a different way. After reading a couple of books on intermittent fasting (“Eat Stop Eat” by Brad Pilon and the “Every Other Day Diet” by Dr. Krista Varady and “The 5:2 (Fast) Diet” by Michael Mosely and Mimi Spencer) and looking at some websites (www.foodcanwait.com and www.dietdoctor.com ) I came across a free e-book “The Fast- 5 Diet” (www.fast-5.com), a eating plan by Dr. Bert Herring. It is actually restricted eating, where you eat within a certain 5 hour window. It’s a method of intermittent fasting that utilizes restricted eating. For example, my eating window is from 4pm until 9pm. The rest of the day I drink coffee, tea and water. I avoid artificial sugar and diet sodas. I break my fast at 4pm by drinking a protein shake, and then go home and have dinner.
It sounds extreme, but it works for me.
The reason for the discussion on intermittent fasting is not to persuade you to try it. The purpose is to encourage you to try different methods until you find one that works for you and your body. People who take medication, or have certain conditions have to be really careful about trying things and everyone should talk with their physician before taking on ANY program. And I don’t care what Oprah says, that includes Weight Watchers!
Do your research. Read. Talk to people. Don’t believe everything your read or see on the internet. There is one truth: there is no quick fix, no easy solution to obesity or diabetes.
If your 2017 resolution is to “lose weight” maybe an changing it up a little to “finding the best way for me to lose weight and be healthier” might take some of the pressure off, and give you the freedom to try different methods.
Earlier I mentioned fine-tuning my diet. Starting in 2017, I am adopting a “plant-strong” diet, which for me means choosing vegetables and fruits first when eating and including whole grains, nuts and some dairy in my diet as well. On special occasions, I will absolutely indulge in a burger or some fried chicken, but it will have to be WORTH it!
Constantly tweaking to find the right formula for optimum health that I can stick with is my goal for 2017. Join me!!