I Forgot the WHY

I Forgot the WHY

I forgot the why of writing this blog. I thought it was about perfection, and having gained 12 pounds in France last year, then only managing to lose six before we went again this year, I felt I didn’t have anything to share. (And BTW, I gained eight this year.) Then a friend chided me for not writing and reminded me, we’re in this together. I don’t have to be perfect to share with you. Insert embarrassed emoticon here, because I realized she was right and how foolish I had been for feeling this way.

So here goes. Aging and travel mean a few things and the one I’m going to talk about today is gaining weight. It’s difficult to maintain my weight when I travel. I drink more, I eat more and things aren’t prepared as I make them at home, adding extra calories for sure. And as so many have said to me, “You’re in France! Of course you have to enjoy the food!” Well, yes and no. Yes, I need to enjoy, but no, I don’t need to eat so much. The French love their veggies, so the first few weeks, when I was at our apartment, it was easy. I went to the market that was actually the first floor of my building, and had great choices. I managed to eat well and I didn’t feel as if I gained anything. Then the travel began and we were with my husband’s clients and I found myself eating, and eating, and eating. And don’t get me started on drinking. I love the wines. I could tell the weight was going up, up, up. I had indigestion. Bloating. Hot flashes and night sweats. All related to food and drink. Yup! As a health coach, I know the effects food and drink has on our bodies. Yet I was torturing myself with both. The question then becomes, how to NOT do this? And here’s my answer, I don’t have an answer. Well, not a fully developed one yet.

Before I left France, I ordered, How Not To Die, by Dr. Micheal Gregor. It was waiting for me when I arrived home. I tore through it. I couldn’t put it down. It is by far the best book I’ve read on nutrition. It is entirely evidence based. The kind of evidence scientists love with double blind gold standard tests. I appreciated that very much. I then took stock of how I had been eating and realized, I had to stop being out of control. I managed to lose a couple of pounds before the next two trips we made and while on those trips, ate well, but still drank more than I’m used to, so gaining, losing, gaining, losing were still happening. Till I said ENOUGH. On July 6th I told myself I was going sugar free (not with substitutes for sugar, but I mean cold turkey…NO SUGAR) and decided to pretend I am gluten intolerant and quit eating bread, and instead have been enjoying other grains like rice, millet, oats, etc. (I do not buy gluten free products, they are generally highly processed foods and not healthy.) I also am avoiding processed foods. You know the kind I mean? The ones with weird ingredients and the sugars disguised as something else? And guess what? I’ve lost seven pounds. I’m not counting calories. I eat all the fruits,  vegetables and beans I want. I get my fats from avocados and nuts. I drink lots of water and drink an anti-inflammation drink daily (a product I’m working on that will be coming out soon). I also drink Hibiscus and white teas. Then we went on a week long vacation and I didn’t gain weight. Talk about happy!

My sugar free, gluten free period was supposed to be for thirty days, but the results are so good, I’m continuing on. I forgot to mention, I also haven’t been drinking alcohol on a regular basis, though I didn’t forbid myself drink, I just felt giving it up for awhile would be good. I think I’ve had a few glasses of wine over the last three weeks. I don’t feel deprived because I told myself I always have the option at the end of the thirty days to go back. But I like how I feel. And I should mention, no more hot flashes and definitely no night sweats.

I have a two week trip coming up in the near future, so the question becomes now, can I maintain my progress? I want to. I need to. I’m certainly going to try. I’ll let you know how it goes. If you are interested in joining me on the weight loss quest, let me know. I’ll be glad to share ideas with you. I am using this app to help me track what I’m eating: Nutrition Facts, the daily dozen and I use www.nutritionfacts.org to learn new information regarding foods I’m eating or not eating. If you are a reader, which I hope you are, it helps stave off Alzheimers, then read How Not To Die. Trust me, it’s a very compelling read.

I hope you’ll join the conversation in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from you! If you like this, please share!

Keep RAging!

6 Comments

  1. I will get “how not to die”. Since I am on the road constantly, and most of the time by myself, eating right is always a challenge. I’m struggling with high blood sugar (pre diabetic so I really need to get a handle on my diet. Thanks for sharing your challenges!

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    • Thanks for commenting! I hope you enjoy the book and his website is full of great info too: nutritionfacts.org Hope this helps!

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  2. Hi Jane! I’ve watched my weight creep up and up and up over the last 30 something years until I don’t even recognize myself. Much of it is sugar. I am seriously addicted and have no clue how to go about just quitting. I’ve tried cold turkey and failed spectacularly and often. I’m a bit averse to so many books that claim to have “the answer.” But I’d really like to get a handle on this. Any suggestions are most welcome. And keep writing, please.

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    • I think it’s all about nutrition and not being on a diet. I’ve been researching forever it seems, and what I keep coming up with is a plant based diet as the healthiest and easiest to follow and I’ve found that to be basically true. The more nutrients we cram into ourselves, they less likely we are to end up with disease. I hope you will read How Not To Die. I think you will see why I find it to be the best out there.

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  3. Hi Jane! I’ve missed your posts but found that this one came at just the right time and it felt like you were speaking directly to me. I have watched my weight fluctuate over the past year and a half and along with it an increase in back pain and decrease in activity and flexibility. I blamed it on recovery from back surgery for a while and then on the stress of making frequent visits to tend to my mother, which didn’t ease up until late February. After wallowing in self pity for the past 5 months and feeling generally awful, your post woke me up to the fact that I was not going to feel better until I started to do something about it. So I ordered your book, set myself up on a walking and exercise program, and am making myself accountable for what’s going in my mouth by writing it down. I may not totally give up alcohol as I love wine, but will try to take baby steps to cut back on the more harmful things I put into my body and replace it with smarter choices. I am also going to enlist my friends to help keep me on track.

    So thank you for giving me a kick in the pants to get me started down a road that I have only been looking at lately. I’m anxious to read the book and gain new knowledge on nutrition. If you have any additional hints, I would love to hear them.

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    • Great to hear from you! I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that you crave what you eat. So if you are eating a plant based diet, as you cut the other things out, you will notice you don’t miss them. I do still have a drink now and then, just not every night, as I used to, and cutting sugar from my diet has been the best thing I ever did for myself. I don’t miss it. I just reached 30 days today and I feel great. I will share though, that I am on occasion going to indulge, but the standard I’ve set for myself is to be sure it is something amazing and worth it. I have found it’s too easy to slip into complacency if I let myself. That being said though, eating plant based gives you so so many choices and taste options, that it keeps my tastebuds satisfied and sugar doesn’t seem so tempting. Good luck and believe me, Dr. Gregor’s book will convince you to stay on track. And don’t forget about the little videos, watching one or two of those a day helps keep plant based forefront in my mind. Additionally, there is an app that helps me tremendously. Search for Nutrition Facts and the Daily Dozen will come up. Great way to be sure you’re eating what you need! Keep RAging!

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