Eating healthy foods
Eating healthy foods became an unexpected issue for me some 10 years ago. I thought I was eating healthy. I was following a healthy diet. But that morning, I had stepped on my bathroom scales, something I didn’t do too often. To my horror I had reached 80 kilos. My heart sank. It was the heaviest I had ever been. It made me realize I could no longer trust the food I had been told was healthy food. I had one of those life changing moments that come along only rarely. I was faced with a big decision. Act and find a way to successfully lose the weight. Or do nothing and accept my fate and allow myself to get fatter.
I was in my early sixties. You might think I should have given myself permission to stop worrying about my weight. Why not just slip into a fat comfortable old age. But then I wouldn’t be me. When it came to my food, I always had this uneasy feeling. The way you feel when someone tries to con you. I felt an undercurrent of something very wrong. But till then, I had never even considered investigating those feelings. I have always been active in body, mind and in spirit. I have always worked out with weights every day. I decide a deserved better.
Eating healthy foods, means first knowing what they are!
When I looked back over the preceding 20 years, I could not remember a day when I was not on some kind of strict routine involving somebody else’s food choices. In all that time, I was always in the middle of a diet to either lose weight, or to stop regaining the weigh lost from the previous diet.
I could have gone either way. The easy way would have been to give up and just go with fate. Eat the food I liked and age with dignity. The hard way would be to spend the rest of my life, always a little hungry. Always battling with my weight and always losing the battle. It’s a little difficult to show dignity when you suffer constant food cravings and you can’t stop binge eating. Both option offered a very poor quality of life.
My choice was made even more complicated by the fact that I had a thyroid condition and was considered pre-diabetic. I had been told that to avoid obesity, I would always have to be on a regulated diet. So I paused and I gave it a lot of thought. I’m very lucky in that I can draw on a vast array of experiences. I have traveled and lived all over the world. Over the years, fate often put me in the right place at the right time. But the one thing that always haunted me, was the fact that till age 43, I had never had a weight problem. Nor had any family members, friends or acquaintances. Like most people I believed that only sick people, with an over active thyroid or with diabetes type 2, would ever need to diet.
Neither option meant eating healthy foods!
I could look back on my twenty years of experience with just about every diet ever invented. I’m well read and have had a really good education in history. I have always had a deep interest in history and science. I witnessed and was closely involved in some events that changed our traditional food, and killed our natural, healthy lifestyle, as it was forty years ago.
I could see why my diets never worked for long. And what I could do to get my body back in shape, recover my healthy lifestyle and never have to diet again. it all came back to one simple strategy. Cure my food addiction and get back to eating the types of food I ate forty years ago.
Of course, I knew, nobody would believe a claim like this from someone without a medical or a science degree. Let alone a connection to at least one of the pseudo sciences prevailing today. But frankly, I did not care. All that mattered to me was to cure myself, get back to normal weight. And never have to worry about my healthy options again.
You see, what I had found, was a third option. By doing one simple, logical thing, I could eliminate my food cravings along with weight. I would never have to diet again. It was a no brainer. I have been lean and healthy for almost 10 years. Yes, it took some will power and a good memory. But I understood the process of how the body works. And I had the benefit of some very relevant information.
For example, I was around forty years ago, when only sick people dieted. It was normal to be slim and healthy. A healthy lifestyle was a given. I did not know anyone with a weight problem. We did not Live For Food. Food was simply a necessity in order for us to live. – Big difference.
Once I changed to a healthy lifestle and the right food choices, I soon found myself back to 65kilos. I have hovered between 64 and 65 kilo for nine years. I never count calories. I eat as much as I want. I have not been near a diet and I have not had a single sugar craving. Or any other craving for carbohydrates. Not even for a slice of birthday cake or a piece of chocolate.
But what has really shocked me is that my pre-diabetic symptoms, that had made my life a hell for years, vanished the day I change to natural food. I can honestly say that today, my health is vastly better than it was thirty years ago. My Healthy lifestyle is genuinely healthy. To me, that’s an amazing result.
I must confess; during the past eight years, I have expected someone, more qualified to publish a science paper about the very thing I discovered. Particularly since during the same period, we have seen obesity statistics skyrocket. And diabetes type 2 come close to epidemic proportions. To my amazement, no one ever has.
I have come to realize that no one will, at least not till they are forced to. A solution to our rising obesity statistics is not what the world is looking for right now. At least not in the world inhabited by the food industry and the diet professions. They have established an industry based on our addiction to food. If that goes, where do all those vested interests go? How do they justify themselves to their shareholders?
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Executive Drive, Burleigh Waters
Goldcoast, Qld, Australia