Chiropractor in Amarillo Discussing Eating Healthy

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

I went out on the internet to do a little research for the today’s blog. I stumbled on this quote that I really loved.

“Healthy eating is not about strict nutrition philosophies, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, and keeping yourself as healthy as possible– all of which can be achieved by learning some nutrition basics and using them in a way that works for you.

Healthy eating begins with learning how to “eat smart”—it’s not just what you eat, buthow you eat. Your food choices can reduce your risk of illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, as well as defend against depression. Additionally, learning the habits of healthy eating can boost your energy, sharpen your memory and stabilize your mood. You can expand your range of healthy food choices and learn how to plan ahead to create and maintain a satisfying, healthy diet.” – Helpguide.org http://www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_eating_diet.htm

That just about hits it right on the head for me. I must say though, I’m a far cry from the perfect eater. I have made many strides in the last 3 years though. It’s a journey and I’m getting better every year.

It started off when I realized I was fat. LOL. I had to go to the doctor for something but I don’t remember what it was. I had to find a doctor. I didn’t even have a family practitioner here in Amarillo. That’s how much I was ignoring things! So, I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and a lot of weight. The medical doctor wanted to start me on a prescription for high blood pressure and a prescription for high triglycerides. I told him to give me two months and let me try to get them down on my own, naturally, before I signed up for a lifetime of pills. He was alright with that so the work began.

I went on Weight Watchers. I had always thought that WW was something that women did. It did not deter me though as staying off of prescription pills was really the main motivating factor. It wasn’t extremely easy at first but it quickly caught on with me when I noticed the scale talking after the first week. I lost eight pounds in the first week alone. Of course, it was mainly water weight but it was eight pounds and I was going to take it as a victory! I think I lost somewhere around 4-6 pounds the week after. Normal weight loss after the first 2 weeks is around 2 pounds per week. It took me around 6 months but I lost 60 pounds. And that is using WW alone. No exercise. Nothing at all. In fact, I did it online. I didn’t attend any meeting or anything like that.

Since then, I have maintained most of the weight loss. I have also maintained most of the habits. For instance, I don’t eat cheeseburgers, chicken fried steak, pizza, or lasagna anymore. It’s not because I magically stopped loving them all. It’s because I have found smarter decisions. See, WW works on a points system. A cheeseburger is roughly 20 points. A slice of pizza is roughly 10 points. A sausage link is 8 points. Four strips of bacon are 3 points. A chicken fajita is 4 points. So, you can see how I might choose the chicken fajita instead of the cheeseburger when I only get 40 points for the whole day. It’s not that I gave those foods up. It’s that I found out how terrible they are for me and how other foods that I already love can make a lot more sense to eat.

I guess there really isn’t much of a point to this blog or a lesson to be learned. It is more of a dialogue on eating and to spark people into thinking about weight loss and getting healthier. They do say our nation is only getting bigger and bigger.

Just food for thought I guess. Pun intended.