;P If this thread keeps up much longer I'm not going to have any, ‘secrets’ left! I really did lose 63# in 7 1/2 months. One of the reasons I did this was because - suddenly, out of the blue - I flunked a stress test. My doctor was very smug; he prescribed a dung-load of medications for me; (You know, the ones they advertise on TV all the time.) and told me to seriously consider losing weight. I told him I wasn’t going to take any of his; ‘stinking pills’ but I would lose the weight. I could tell that he didn’t believe me; but, then again, I doubt that many of his patients are, ‘mule stubborn’ Sicilians like me!
Between you and me I did try the cholesterol medications for, about, 3 or 4 days. The stuff made me nauseous. At first I just stopped eating; then, I got a couple of books: ‘Sugar Busters’ was a help; but it didn’t really tell me, ‘How’ the human body works and processes all of the popular foods that comprise that horrifically bad national diet that we, all, eat and are exposed to everyday of our lives. The book that really wised me up is Diana Schwarzbein’s, ‘"The Schwarzbein Principle". Dr. Schwarzbein is an endocrinologist with a specialty in diabetes and heart disease. (Nice looking woman, too!) She became tired of watching heart patients suffer and die prematurely. Her highly specialized medical education put her at odds with the American Heart Association – whose diet recommendations she wholeheartedly disagrees with! (What else is new?)
Six months after I read these books (and several others) I was retested for: cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar excretions. I went from, ‘off the top of the charts’ to (Are you ready?) well below normal; and I DID IT WITHOUT TAKING ANY OF THE POPULARLY PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS! My smug physician was, sort of, shaking his head while he read my new, ‘stats’ to me. He defended his position by saying; ‘Mr. Angel’, there are very few patients who are willing to completely change their lifestyles the way you have.’ ‘I seldom see a patient’s readings complete reverse the way yours have!’ At the time I was, still, having a problem with triglycerides; so I questioned the doctor at length. Imagine my amazement when I discovered that all of the HIGHLY-PROCESSED carbohydrates we eat all the time are the real culprits, here! I suspected, ‘fat’ or ‘red meat’ but it was the damned: white bread, crackers, chips, and doodles - instead!
With all due respect, I’d like to comment on some of the vegetable items previously mentioned: The high starch, ‘killer vegetables’ are potatoes, (Did I spell it right, Dan?) carrots, corn, beets, turnips, and parsnips. In short, any high simple-starch veggie will quickly turn into sugar in your body and demand either considerable exercise or insulin production in order to be consumed by the body’s metabolic processes.
Still there’s a little good news, here; these are all natural, unrefined, unprocessed, simple-starch vegetables. In and of themselves they won’t hurt you. What you really have to beware of is THE SYNERGISTIC EFFECT
of these veggies when eaten in combination with all the other crap that you’re taking in – like high fructose carbonated soda! Lucky for me that I never had a taste for Coke because, if I did, I probably wouldn’t be writing these words right now. High fructose anything is a terrible, insulin producing, ‘sugar jolt’ to your body; and, while carbonation may tickle your tonsils on the way down, it also acts as a, ‘insulin expediter’ to get your food intake quickly digested.
The many possible, ‘eating solutions’ to avoid weight gain are diverse and impact on your entire lifestyle. I watch these ads on TV and laugh to myself: Like the number of, ‘grams of fat eaten’ is going to do any good, whatsoever, when that meal of (more or less fat) is taken in conjunction with all of the other: highly-processed carbohydrates, ‘enriched’ white flours, hydrogenated oils, and refined white sugars that are simultaneously taken in.
WHAT ABSOLUTE, MASS MEDIA, ADVERTISING CRAP!
The long and the short of it is that the human body needs a balanced daily diet of (Are you ready?) unprocessed, UN:TAMPERED WITH: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. This realization led me to begin eating:
MORE WHOLE-GRAIN BREADS,
(Here’s the secret of buying bread: The more ingredients listed on the label, the worse it is for you; and never forget that any, ‘preservative’ is actually a poison!)
MORE FRESH VEGETABLES,
(If you’ve got the time to open a tin can, you’ve, also, got the time to rinse and: oil, blanch, sauté, or boil a few vegetables. I like to mix several different vegetables into a mélange; and I’ll throw in things like raw almonds or cashews, too.)
MORE FRESH FISH, (Not farm-raised and not excessively, ‘oily’!) and,
MORE 100% NATURAL OR, 'FREE-RANGE' CHICKEN, and
MORE GRASS-FED MEAT. (In limited amounts of, say, 2 or 3 meals a week.)
I, also, drink a lot of UNPROCESSED WATER; and my edible oils of choice are olive, canola, and peanut.
Yes, there are days when I feel like; ‘Somebody out there is trying to poison me!’ but, I consider this attitude on my part to be a healthy form of, ‘dietary paranoia’. It has led me to carry an insulated lunchbox in my truck. I keep a small bottle of olive oil, a fresh lemon, some Cayenne pepper, and organic vinegar with me whenever I’m out for the day. These condiments and a salad from anywhere along with a couple of sandwiches and bottled water from home always get me through the day. In an emergency a couple of cans of sardines or a piece of low-sodium natural cheese, also, sees me through.
(Any large supermarket carries this stuff; but, let me ask you; ‘How many people would think to stop at a supermarket for a meal rather than a restaurant?’ ‘Not too many, right!’)
Finally, the human body is made to move; so exercise is always good. If you don’t get enough daily exercise, find an outdoor hobby that you like and pursue it. For me it’s guns and shooting. In a world rife with constantly increasing cases of: adult-onset, Type II, diabetes, high blood pressure, and several different forms of heart disease, being significantly overweight is NOT a good thing.
I hope I’ve been able to point out to you that this is NOT all your fault! It’s the totally invasive damned national diet that’s really the culprit, here! America’s poisonous national diet has been killing you and me for years. My suggestion would be for you to do what I did: Get off it before it’s too late!
Here’s a list of things I no longer do:
(1) Eat at any, ‘chain franchise’ or, ‘fast food’ restaurant.
(2) Eat any, ‘junk food’; i.e.: potato chips; crackers; or ‘doodles’. These dietary exclusions include all forms of hydrogenated oil-soaked: french fries, fried chicken, commercially prepared, ‘chicken fingers’, or ‘wings’; commercial barbeque sauces; or commercial, ‘flavored-fat’ hamburgers; and, just about, any highly-processed, nitrate-loaded, ‘lunch meat’ or, ‘cold-cut’ on the planet!
(3) Eat commercial, highly-processed, breakfast cereals.
The same rule that applies to buying bread, also, applies to selecting breakfast cereal. (Who would have thought!) I stay with, ‘bare bones’ shredded wheat; whole-grain Kashi; and hot, slow-cooked, whole-grain oatmeals.
(4) Eat, ‘feedlot’ beef or pork.
The same animal feeds that, ‘bulk-up’ the cows and pigs will, also, ‘bulk-up’ YOU!
(5) Eat any highly-processed cheese. Natural, low sodium, and goat cheeses are best.
(6) Eat any unwashed fruit or vegetable.
I spray everything with a vinegar and organic soap detergent wash and follow with a water rinse before eating it.
(7) DRINK ANY FORM OF CAFFEINE,
or any other type of commercially prepared beverage – including bottled water. (If it’s got, ‘additives’ on the label, then, I don’t drink it.)
(8) Naturally I don’t smoke. (I did when I was a teenager; but, like many of the other, ‘vices of youth’ I finally outgrew it.)
(9) I, also, don’t drink; but, then again, I never did. (Well, maybe, 2 or 3 beers a month, or a shot of high-quality bourbon over the holidays or when I have a cold.)
(10) Use any kind of artificial sweetener(s).
(11) ‘Pop pills’. I do take modern medications; but I’m very chary about which ones and when to take them. I, also, avoid – AT ALL COSTS – this modern trend to vaccinate against every, ‘bug’ that comes along.
Modern vaccines contain significant amounts of mercury (Thimerosal). It’s in there as a preservative; (???) and it’s a real killer! What, the Hell, good does it do you to cure one disease and acquire another? God bless American soldiers; today, they’ve got more than, just, bullets and bombs to dodge. (Sometimes it needs to be recognized that, ‘the enemy’ isn’t always some guy who is running at you, screaming, with a bayonet on the end of his rifle!)
(12) Believe, almost, anything I’m told on TV; but, then again, the best lies are always, ‘half-truths’; so, you’ve got to be very careful and highly selective about what you take in.
That’s right! I’m not, just, talking about what you eat, here. After all, if you knew something was bad for you, you wouldn’t take it in the first place, now, would you! Another thing is for damned sure, too: The TV news people aren’t going to tell you anything you really need to know. (They’d much rather spend their time trying to take your guns away!)
(13) Pass a day without prayer. I believe in praying in order to accomplish anything you hope to achieve. (But I’ll bet my, ‘screen name’ is a sure, ‘giveaway’ - here.)
Good luck to you, all!