A Simple Truth


I want to tell you a simple truth that you might not be ready to hear.  I know when it happened to me I was a bit chocked by this revelation.

Are you ready?

If you are overweight it is because you aren’t eating enough!!!!  You are looking at this right now and thinking to yourself, that’s it Gail’s completely fallen off the rocker…

I first heard about this when I did Weight Watchers years ago.  It’s a hard concept to take in but it is really true.  I can promise you that you aren’t eating enough.

To justify having that piece of cake, you skipped breakfast or you munched on some rice cakes last night which did nothing to nourish your body.

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Or if you eat too much today, tomorrow your day is filled with uber salads and low-fat foods which makes your body go yo-yo.

I’m no expert but I do a lot of research, it’s the one thing I enjoy doing and when I see that others have success I listen to what they suggest.

One of my ex’s and no he isn’t from Texas LOL, found out last year, he is diabetic.  In an effort to take control of his eating he became a bit obsessed with regulating his blood sugar.

The tip I gained from him, is that your first meal of the morning should have absolutely no sugar at all.  Having sugar first thing in the morning spikes your insulin and sends your cravings into overdrive.  It’s like a heroin addict getting that first needle of the day.

Low blood sugar might be to blame for intense morning sugar cravings. If your blood sugar isn’t properly managed and maintained, it can fall extremely low during the night when you’re not filling your body with food. When you wake up, your body craves sugar as a quick fix for low blood sugar. Although this blood sugar battle occurs more frequently with people who have diabetes, it can affect anyone — especially if you aren’t eating the right foods before bedtime.

I also found out that green veggies  prevent many illnesses, it wasn’t a joke when we were told as kids to eat our broccoli, they are full of nutrients and they help with cravings too :))

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Cravings are not quite the same as hunger…and in fact they couldn’t be more different. Hunger is controlled by the stomach but cravings are controlled by the brain. Hunger is all about your survival mechanism, but cravings are all about your body communicating with you.

Here is an example of what I eat today, compared to what I ate before:

Breakfast – 7:30 am

Two Eggs, 4 Thin Slices of Turkey and Half a Plantain (which is delicious and very nutritious, part of the banana family but not sweet. With this I have a black coffee.

Snacks – 

Morning (Banana around 10:30) Afternoon (Grapes around 2:30) Evening (Watermelon around 7:00)

Lunch – 12:30 pm

Sushi which includes crab and cucumber made by my daughter )) with a small soy sauce and a small cucumber cut in small pieces.

Dinner  – 6:30 pm

A full bushel of spinach, two cups of green beans and two sausages

I sometimes get Cashews, Almonds and Pistachios for extra snacks as well.

Now here is a bit of an example of what my food was before yikes!!!

Breakfast – 9:30 am

None  or two small yogurts with canned peaches, or oatmeal with brown sugar or a bagel with egg and bacon.  (all of these have sugar including the bagel)

Snacks

(none)

Lunch – 12:30 pm

Rice and potatoes with Pork and Salad and tzatziki sauce

Dinner– 6:00 pm

a frozen Ristorante pizza

As you can see from both examples I didn’t snack at all and breakfast was not within an hour of waking up in my previous food plan.

When you eat late in the morning, for example when you get to work,  your body is starving and will hold on to that fat like dear life.  “Oh no bitches I ain’t leaving that body now, you starved me for too long, instead I’m going to make sure anything you give me now is going to get stored, in case you try to starve me again”

Your body needs lots of green fresh veggies, a good early breakfast, lots of water and a cap on eating at night.  If you make a few changes you will see the weight come right off.

Mindless eating and mindless dieting can do more harm than good, if you eliminate vitamins and nutrients your body needs, you could lose weight but you might get sick doing it.  My suggestion is to do some research in what you need to be healthy first and try changing small details first.

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Don’t just look at what you eat, look at when you eat and how much you eat too.  It’s all about balance and if you want a long healthy life, you need to make this a priority not just for losing weight but for sustaining the gift you have – a functional, happy body :))