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Part 1: How to Start Eating to Heal & Lose Weight

Posted Mar 09 2012 1:00am
"Eating for Health and Weight Loss"

Eating 2 Heal & Lose

Every once in a while I will get a comment from one of my readers that becomes great fodder for a post.  Tamara, author of, Empty Thoughts, Rewritten, left this comment recently.

Lately I have been thinking a lot about diet and wondering how changing it could help me. However, I have no idea where to start – should I start cutting or adding? etc. Not to mention that I don’t often have the energy to make proper meals. I would really appreciate it if you could do a post on how to get started when considering changing your diet to improve health.

While I do not proport to be an expert on diet and ME, I have discovered a few things that I can share in hopes that perhaps my discoveries will help you as well. I thought for this post, I would start with how do you start your jouney with food, health, and losing weight.

Also, please remember this will be alot of trial and error because what works for me may not work for you or may need to be tweeked to work in your body.  We are all different so we must learn to listen to our bodies.

First, before you start, I would highly reading Jodi Bassett’s website, The Hummingbirds’ Foundation for ME , because she has done an amazing job in writing about food, nutrients, etc and how they impact ME.  I would recommend you start with her page, Treating ME:  Food as Medicine and go from there.

"Switch Diet"

Switch Diet

Second, you might want to read my article, Lost 30 Pounds by Making 6 Switches , which is actually how I chose to start my journey on losing the 125+ pounds I had gained from medication, poor eating, and inconsistent exercising.

Basically, what I chose to do to start the ball rolling was to,

I decided to switch from one ‘not so healthy’ item to something that was much more healthy ever single month.  Each month I would make one new switch.  Simple.  Direct.  Easy.  Thus, in the past 6 months, I have made the following 6 switches.

For me, these minor changes ended up helping me to lose thirty pounds as a result.

One other thing I would recommend is MyFitnessPal .  As I said Wednesday, I love this app for my iPhone and my laptop.  In addition, you can find your friends on it who are using it and encourage each other. Lastly, it really helps you get a good idea of what you are eating, not eating, exercise (even walking the dog counts) and how much water intake you are getting in.

If you want to friend me, you can find my here .

As for the second part of Tamara’s question, How to prepare your food on low energy, I will tackle that in a separate post next week.  (probably Wednesday as Becoming VISIBLE 4ME will be Monday’s post).

As the third part of this series, I will end with what herbs I am currently taking and how I currently am eating.

Hope that helps.  If you have any other ideas or tricks that worked for you, don’t be shy!  Leave a comment!

Determined to continue forward,

 

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