Monday, January 17, 2011
Up until about 1 year ago, I used to be the girl that everyone hated because I had a high metabolism. Every morning, my breakfasts consisted of a bagel with cream cheese or a yummy chocolate chip muffin and a latte from Starbucks. YUM. Then shortly after I got married, my metabolism packed it's bags and went on holiday. It never came back.
Like many things in life, I find the whole "dieting, exercising, calorie-counting" lifestyle to be a big, complicated, stress-inducing pain in the rear end.
So how does a lazy girl combat that? I tried counting calories for a while, and just started getting depressed. It's a lot of work to account for every morsel that goes in your mouth (and ends up subsequently on your posterior).
Instead, I've been trying to just live a healthier lifestyle in general.
Starting off, I looked at the kinds of foods that I was eating. Lots and lots of carbalicious goodness. I had bread at almost every meal, and would chow down on bakery goods, pasta, pretty much anything that was chock-full of carbs was on my "eat list."
Needless to say, I had to drastically reduce my intake of those foods. I still eat bread at least once a day (hello, whole grains!) because life without bread is just a depressing thought. But, I don't eat it at every single meal.
After dialing down the carb intake, I started upping the fresh foods intake. Spinach, avocados, fruits, raw veggies, all the things that go bad quickly because they are not injected with near-fatal doses of preservatives.
And you know what? So far it's been working. I dropped 5 pounds in 2 weeks, without so much as lifting a finger to press "play" on my Walk Away the Pounds with Leslie Sansone dvd.
My wonderful mother in law Jody is a nurse, and is always a wealth of information about health. One of her mantras is, "Not everything you eat has to taste amazing." It's true, isn't it? I think it's easy to get caught up in all the delectable edibles we see around us, and forget that sometimes our bodies just need pure, unadulterated food.
So if you'll pardon me, I'm going to go chomp down on some carrots.