Lately, people have been calling me skinny

It’s a weird comment to hear, especially coming from one of the office whales. You know, like if you think I am skinny, what does that make you?

And she sounded exasperated, like how dare I appear so small – at least in her eyes, because I don’t see it. I was told by someone else – who I really regard as “in shape” that my waist appears “tiny”. While I admire the bodies of Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield or Jane Russell, I don’t imagine I look anywhere near those figures.

Somehow this was the year I got my eating under control, but I walk no more than 25 to 50 minutes daily. If time and the weather allows. I really miss weight lifting.

And by the way, my waist is 28 inches, I have to measure my top and bottom again. I haven’t done that in a while. I am aiming for 36 – 26 – 36, if that’s possible. Back in the good ol’ says, those were my measurements.

I eat apples for breakfast, apparently they are natural appetite suppressors. I also eat very few sugary foods, bread, rice and I stick to meat, veggies and fruit that don’t give me gas (LOL) or make me hungry. I confess I like salty and spicy foods. I drink a couple glasses of water when I think I’ve overdone it.

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See? No big deal. And I love big belts.

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Update: another belt I love.
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Weight Loss: glycemic index

I don’t have diabetes, but I do visit web sites that recommend diets for diabetics.

Glycemic index is about ranking carbohydrate foods by how they raise blood glucose levels. It’s that sugar rush one gets after eating something sweet, then getting hungry a short time afterwards.

There are people who are satisfied by eating sweets all day. I’m not one of them. I get sick when I don’t eat properly. Eating sweets makes it worse. I can’t skip meals, maybe only breakfast. I get the shakes five to six hours after my last meal. I would pass out if I don’t eat all day.

It seems like I have a diabetic condition, but I found out that this is something on the order of low blood sugar, the sugar blues, reactive hypoglycemia(?), or hyperinsulinism(?).

I’m one of the few people on the planet that doesn’t like chocolate. I can resist the call of that particular sweet. I get sickly (lethargic and queasy) if I eat a cake with too much icing.

One would think I’d have no weight problems with my disdain for candy or sweets. I’ve never had a cavity, because I rarely ate candy as a child. Instead, I crave salty spicy foods. When the kids on the block wanted lemonade, I made my own version called poisonade. In my lemon drink, I added salt. I added salt to tomatoes and ate them raw.

I’ve cut back on my salt cravings, but my food must be a bit spicy salty to enjoy.

Following a diabetic diet it turns out that highly refined foods are no good. This seems like a no brainer. Avoid foods that are high in sugar, which are processed foods. Stick with raw foods or foods that have been processed at least once.

Does all of this sound familiar? Sure, keep to foods that haven’t had the nutrients removed from it through excessive processing. Seems like the nutso raw foodies were right after all.

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Weight Loss: What’s For Breakfast?

I was talking with a friend of mine about recipes; she was sharing her vast list with me. I thought back to the Raw foods trend, and how I want to increase my raw or natural food intake. I’m not a foodie, because if I see food I will eat it. There are very few foods I am fussy about.

I used to only have instant oatmeal in the morning. I’d eat it each and every day without fail. I rarely skip breakfast.

A few months ago, I started eating one banana just to pretend I was doing the proper fruit thing in the morning.

Lately, I’ve decided to be more creative since my friend and I were talking about using the food processor / blender for cooking. I haven’t used mine in years. We have kitchens packed with items we buy, use once, and never touch again.

A few weeks ago, I took out my blender. My goal? To create breakfast drinks.

The Bananas Whatever Drink:

  • 2-4 ounces of water,
  • 2-3 baby carrots,
  • 1 banana (you could use half – my drinks are very thick),
  • squirt of lemon (optional),
  • ginger (optional sprinkle),
  • cinnamon (optional),
  • cranberries (optional),
  • and last but not least half of a plain low-fat yogurt cup.
  • Sometimes I’d add about 2 cashews or almonds.

Into the blender the entire mix goes, and that’s breakfast. Doesn’t make more than an 8-12 ounce glass. I drink this with multivitamins, followed by a glass of water, right before I work out.

The Breakfast Alternatives Drink: sometimes I leave out the bananas, cinnamon, and cranberries. I find that I like to add more carrots and add some fake sugar. Anything to switch up the drink.

I think my drinks are a nice tasting low calorie nutritious meal. They don’t qualify as raw, but it’s a change from having just oatmeal.

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Raw Food "Diets"

I remember Susan Powter from the 1990’s. She’s the Australian who – to me – was the first to talk about eating non-processed foods. It made sense, limit the amount of processed foods; eat as much raw (uncooked) foods as possible.

She fell off the map after filing for bankruptcy, but her ideas (although I doubt she was the originator of this trend) live on.

I was browsing around YouTube, when I saw something about Raw Foods. Turns out that being a Vegan is not enough, one has to be a totally Raw Vegan to top that.

Damn, we can’t just figure out how to eat in moderation, eating has to become this complex, overly researched, overly sensitive, politically correct method to show folks how pure one is as a person. A nutso foodie to be exact.

I’m all for eating raw foods. I wasn’t aware there was a new name for simply eating fruits and vegetables. Get that? Eating fruits and vegetables now has a trendy new name: raw vegan. Help yourself to that new ideology.

It sounds cultish to me, but that’s my twist and bend on this topic.

There were a number of male (and female) YouTube videos, which started at the new year proposing a new resolution: to eat like a deer. Oh sorry, I mean rabbit. No, monkey is more appropriate. Scratch thatmonkeys eat meat.

Anywho, initially lots of people showed terrific success eating raw fruits, nuts, vegetables and other non-meats. However, based on timelines some slipped and fell off the foodie wagon.

If I could, I’d tell them straight: there’s nothing wrong with broiled or baked steak, chicken, or fish. Nothing wrong with a wicked, sugary, salty snack. The key to weight loss is moderate eating.

Unfortunately, because the raw method is so … raw people clearly weren’t having fun with their food. Everything they ate was devoid of pleasure; that’s why people fall off the wagon and return to binging.

If someone is going to go raw or vegan or whatever, the meals they eat must be pleasurable. Food is like sex, not only do you need it, you should also enjoy it.

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