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On Healthy Eating

On Healthy Eating

I am a chef. I have been a chef for 14 years. I know what good food is. Since I was a teenager I have had a secret love affair with food. I LOVE food that tastes good…usually a bit too much. ( I suppose that is not much of a secret anymore ) I will refuse to eat if the food does not taste good, therefore, I am not a fast food junky.

My weight issues stem straight from high stress, too little activity and eating too much. There is no secret here. I was fit before and I have allowed myself to get derailed by stress, most of which stemming from the sudden death of my father in the summer of 2010. My self image is poor, yet improving, and I know that this is going to be a battle of rather epic proportions to go from my starting weight of 375 pounds (!) to my goal of 150 pounds.

To be honest, I wanted to do a juice fast this week, but I chickened out. Living off of liquids, with no solid food, did not sound like it was going to give me anything but heartburn and a case of the munchies. But I did juice, and I did like it, and I did come up with some interesting ways to use up what my juicer left behind…I can share some with you next week if you like?

Overall, I ate a lot of whole, plant based food this week. I made to sure to have some protein with every meal, some nuts, beans, lean beef, lentils, quinoa, and some cheeses were on the menu this week. Maybe I should get more diligent about taking photos and sharing some of these dishes with you?

My best advice for anyone who is trying to turn their diet around is to constantly add in vegetables (or fruit) to whatever you are eating. Having pasta? Grate in some carrots, add some caramelized onions, or better yet, some kale or spinach or squash. Your limits are only your own taste preferences. I guarantee you that the more vegetables you put in, the more flavor your food will have, and the less of it you will be able to eat, if not by sheer volume alone! Try it this week. I think you will be surprised.

I am ‘Hungry For Change’

I am 'Hungry For Change'

Have you ever heard something at just the right time in your life to be receptive to it? I have. I enjoy these little moments…these little epiphanies.

I just watched the new documentary ‘Hungry For Change’ and it has been an eye opening experience.

I have been working for weeks to transform what is in my refrigerator for the opportunity to lose this weight and feel good about myself again. I have tried the “program” diets, and they don’t work…ok, they do work, but it is not a permanent solution, and as you can well see by my before picture, when the weight comes back IT BRINGS FRIENDS. This documentary has told me what I have always suspected and TRULY needed to hear today.

It is possible to lose the weight.

It is possible to feel good about yourself.

It is possible to do this without going broke or killing yourself at the gym.

Did you hear that? I feel like I was just given permission to live. One of the best pieces of advice that I absorbed from this documentary was that if you add in extra fruits and vegetables, you start to crowd out the bad things in your diet. Add some more cucumbers to your salad, add some vegetables to your tomato sauce, and your body will respond by telling you that it feels better…and you will keep going and losing and getting happier. You can play with portion sizes later, you can worry about fat content later, you have to start somewhere, right?

My biggest “take-aways” from this documentary:
1. Don’t diet. If you are putting food in your mouth, you are on a diet, a diet is what you eat, not a punishment.
2. Watch your sugar, try to cut it out, and for the love of God, stop using those chemical sugar substitutes!
3. I see a juice fast in my future.

Watch this documentary. You owe it to yourself to understand what I am blabbing about. Do it whether you have weight to lose or not, because YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.

p.s. If you click on the photo it will take you to the free online premiere of ‘Hungry For Change’ on their website. But is only online for free until March 31, 2012.

‘Hungry For Change’ Documentary Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MvAM97VDE8&feature=player_embedded

Clips from the new ‘Hungry For Change’ documentary that is coming out next week about weight loss and health. This documentary is by the same filmmakers as ‘Food Matters’ and I am REALLY excited that they are offering a free online premiere next week, March 21-25, when you sign up on their website. Clicking on the video will take you to their website to sign up and view the clip and trailer. I know that my fiancĂ© and I will be watching! Please watch the video with us next week and come back here to post comments! I would love to hear how this documentary struck people.

Why “Spitfire Strength”?

It speaks to me. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a spitfire is: A quick-tempered or highly emotional person This defines me undoubtedly. Urban Dictionary adds an extra spin that I love, which references a different spitfire, the British dogfighter plane from WWII: …graceful-yet-deadly… This defines what I want to become. Now, strength, that is rather self-explanatory. […]