Our topic for this week is a discussion of the basic principles of the "diet" we are following. Here is what the other three have to say.
“I don’t believe in diets. There’s always something new; eat this, don’t eat that, eat more of this, eat less of that. Fat-free, low-fat, sugar-free, gluten-free, no-carbs… South Beach, Atkins, Whatever… Enough already! Even the USDA can’t make up their minds about the “pyramid”…” To read more click 1 family. friendly. food.
"For our weight loss weekly bit we're discussing the main guidelines of the diet we're following which I already talked about last week. But I do have a few new things I'm going to be adding to my plan for my next 6 week challenge." Keep reading at That Extra 20 Pounds
Giyen is writing about a slightly different topic today, but you can read her blog at Bacon is My Enemy
I'm finding this a difficult question to answer because I am not following a "diet" in the sense that some diets are. None of this 30, 20, 20 nonsense or carb restriction or all carbs, or only grapefruit on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays...yeah, I know you've heard of them. Rather, I'm following the life approach Mireille Guiliano talks about in her book French Women Don't Get Fat.
I suppose the biggest changes I have made are to look at food and eating as an adventure in sensory awareness. I pay attention to how foods look, how they are presented, how they smell, how the table is set, the lighting of the room, in addition to how the food tastes. When you look at eating as more than a refueling stop and instead look at it in terms of taking care of yourself and pampering yourself, you naturally pay more attention to the quality and quantity of food you are eating and eat less.
I say this is a lifestyle approach because I have not only made dietary and meal time changes, but I've changed the way I live my life. I dress better, I pay attention to accessories, I entertain in my home more, and I keep fresh flowers and plants in my house. I engage people more and am trying to feel more comfortable in my own skin and with who I am. I am so much more than how much I weigh or what I eat.
Yes, there are certain diet changes also. I eat one to two servings of plain yogurt a day, I'm also eating more fruits and veggies, going for a daily walk, and I've also developed a love of prunes! But it is the diet changes as well as the lifestyle changes that have changed me the most and helped me to become more comfortable in my own skin and to appreciate the little things around me.
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