I guess I'm not quite ready for the retirement home yet - although there are some days I think it would be a welcome escape! But, once again, it all comes down to my weight. If I lost weight, there wouldn't be so much pressure on my foot. I told the orthopedist that I was working on it and she wanted details. I explained the rules I have set for myself and she said that I was making some good choices, but she had a few tips and suggestions for reading material for me. When I said that I was trying to eat only whole grains and not much with white flour, she told me that the human body has no need for grains and that I should eat like a caveman (ug!) - vegetables and lean meats. I didn't argue with her, I'm no expert. But I've been taught that grains are "to be the staff of life" so I was a bit confused. I do know that I definitely need to eat less carbohydrates. But no grains? I don't know about that.
This doctor said that she's been eating like a caveman for over a year and that she has really "leaned out" (she did appear to be very fit) and stays really satisfied. She said that when you feel like you're hungry, you should ask yourself, "Do I want to eat a steak?" If the answer is yes, it's time to eat. If the answer is no, you're thirsty or bored so get a drink of water and find something to do.
Here is her suggested reading list. I have requested books from the library and I'm looking forward to doing some research.
- Book - "Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It" by Gary Taubes
- Book - "The Primal Blueprint" by Mark Sisson and his website, Mark's Daily Apple
- Book - "The Paleo Solution" by Robb Wolf and his website, RobbWolf.com
I've always thought that if I could just get to the point where I practice moderation in all things edible, I could meet the goals that I have set for myself. But here I am, five months later, down only 12 pounds and still really struggling. I had hoped to lose 50 pounds by July 1st. Oh well. One step at a time, eh? Gotta just keep pluggin' along.