My 5 Week Weight Control With Dr. Heidi And Real Food
Posted Aug 23 2008 3:21pm
The last 5 weeks I've been part of Dr. Heidi's Extreme Regime program because I'm very interested in food and health. I know there is a direct link with what we eat, our health and weight. Also, I'm losing the baby fat after 10 years, not much to lose but enough to make me feel and look better. I'm not bloated now, yeah...
At a glance here are a few food tips I took away from the ER weight control program. No diet foods, no boxed frozen foods to buy, no fake foods, simple real food. Also no calorie counting, no starving or hunger, not cooking different meals for the ER program and my family (we all eat the same food), no strict diet plan or eating things I hate. Lastly no exercise required (of course I exercise for health - but not for the first phase of fat burning).
My core ingredients for success; Dr. Heidi Dulay, eat enough food (it's not how much we eat, but what we eat), animal protein, cheese (raw), Pops , Big B, Cod Liver Oil, Coconut Oil and water. ER weight loss - what it isn't.
◙ Real food:
It tastes good. I've found a way to teach my 10-year-old son about the health benefits of real food. Some of the real food wasn't easy to find but worth it when I did. With the attitude that I wanted real food I did find it and wondered why I never knew about these sources before. Buying meat from farmers is cheaper than the stores, at least for me. Especially since I found a farmer close to me.
◙ Oils are healthy and burn fat:
Coconut oil is the best fat burner. I use the organic virgin coconut oil for my body toddy and many other foods, while I use the expelled for cooking (no taste).
Butter is healthy and I even made my own from organic non-homogenized whole cream.
Cod liver oil is a great source of vitamin A â€“ D and E and Omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA, EPA, and ALA. I use Carlson Norwegian lemon flavor Cod Liver Oil and it tastes good. I could never handle the fish flavor, yuck, but the lemon goes down great.
Olive oil is not a good choice for cooking because it breaks down with heat. Coconut oil is best for eating and cooking. More here Eat fat to lose weight.
◙ Protein is good for fat burning:
Protein and fat is key to weight loss but not just any protein. Grass fed beef, pastured (happy) chickens, pastured eggs from happy chickens and wild caught fish are excellent protein sources. There are many more but these happen to be the ones I'm eating.
Pastured eggs are so superior to even cage free eggs. The yolks are orange next to the yellow yolk of an egg from a grain fed chicken. Pastured eggs have natural omega 3 and a good source of Vitamin D. Don't cook the nutrients out. Video here about ER eggs.
Raw cheese, butter and cream are great protein â€“ fat sources. Pasteurized dairy does not offer weight loss benefits. I love raw cheddar from cows and goats.
**I didn't find these real foods right away. Dr. Heidi gave us sources where she buys the fat burning foods and many alternatives to use while seeking the "real deal."
◙ Carbs, sugar and processed foods are evil for weight loss.
To lose weight lose the carbs and sugar. Nothing white like rice, pasta and sugar. I didn't stop all carbs, I still have veggies with my pastured chicken or beef.
We (ER group) are having our personal experience with a real food, low carb, fat+protein regime. Where quality is more important than quantity. And awareness more important than discipline. In the end, we trust our own body and trust the results of ourlittle ER groupwho have no reason to pretend, no axe to grind and no position to uphold. We're just doing it...
Ok that's it for now. The focus of the ER program is to eat real food, not gourmet food just real food, forget the media based reports about real food being bad. Small sample of real food for the ER program, grass-fed meats, pastured chickens and their eggs, raw cheese, real oils like coconut oil, butter and ghee (clarified butter). Lot's of choices and I don't have to eat things I don't like.