Okay so I’m totally proud of how I am doing. I am eating small portions, I have completely cut out carbs and I have lost 18 pounds! But you know what would be nice? IF I COULD ACTUALLY SEE THE PROGRESS I HAVE MADE! Each day I look in the mirror and it’s like “well? Is any of me missing yet?” I know all I have to do is keep going and it will happen, but it feels like the clock is ticking and the mirror is staying the same! I keep asking everyone around me ‘do I look different?’ and they give me that supportive smile, but it’s not until I get angry at them that they say yes! you look good!
AND I’m still wearing the same clothes so of course they’re not going to see a difference. UGH!
Again, so proud.
So I can’t see the difference in the mirror, but I can see it in my kitchen.
Because now when we go shopping we concentrate on produce, dairy, poultry, fish, and the meat section of the store. So now we have a lot of fresh vegetables, some fruits, and a whole shelf in our fridge devoted to proteins. We have canned salmon and tuna, as well as a weekly allotment of fish. The produce drawers in the fridge are stuffed full of rich colours, dark leafy greens, orange and red and green peppers, kale, spinach, iceberg lettuce.
So as well as paying attention to the labels on the foods to avoid the carbohydrates, the goal is to eat foods that are vitamin rich.
These foods are nutritional powerhouses loaded with vitamin A, for its antioxidant activity, vitamin K, as a lot of what I eat now consists of kale, spinach, cabbage, and brussels sprouts.
We do include some nuts such as almonds, walnuts, but not a lot because they are high in carbohydrates, but they are also good for some vitamin E intake. Vitamin D seems to be a real super star lately, and doctors are actually proscribing it now as it functions more like a hormone and helps with bone health, the prevention of diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, and cancer. Natural sources are from oily fish, egg yolks, and butter.
We already talked about the benefits of vitamin C previously.
Vitamin B is an important consideration because it breaks down carbohydrates and powers protein synthesis. Foods such as pork and navy beans is good for B1. Liver and dairy is good for B2. Meat, poultry, nuts, and peanuts are good for B3. Beef, poultry and vegetables are good for B5. Liver, fish, poultry, and fruits are good for B6. Liver, nuts and eggs are good for B7. Spinach, broccoli, black beans, pinto beans, and orange juice are good for B9. Liver, meat, eggs, and dairy are good for B12.
So as I read this list it seems to me that the one thing I have not added to my eating regime is liver. And seeing how many times I typed liver in, I think it might be important to give it a try. I also want to admit I have an unhappy face as I am typing right now.
So in conclusion, on the inside I am looking great. But the only way to see that is by looking at my kitchen. *sigh*
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