Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Did you know that this week is a National Healthy Weight Week? As we grow older, the challenge of staying at a healthy weight interests us more and more. I have managed to stay at a healthy weight (measured by BMI) all my life outside of when I was pregnant while my husband "strayed over" the line to being overweight. He was already making good progress to healthy weight when he was diagnosed with heart blockages, and now he has an extra incentive to lose a few stubborn pounds that would bring his weight down to under 165 lbs.
One of my goals for this year is to learn more about nutrition and separate food facts from food myths. I want to believe that we can age well without gaining weight while enjoying our food. One thing is crystal clear - we need to be very aware of how much sugar we eat including added sugar in condiments and such. One thing that worked really well for us is 10 Day Detox Diet by Dr. Hyman. We just completed another round of it (the third one for me since last summer, the second one for my husband).
Neither of us found these 10 days fun or enjoyable even though we were not hungry. I had terrible headaches for the first two days and did not sleep too well. However, cutting all starches from the diet is incredibly effective as a weight loss tool - I dipped below 120 lbs, and my husband actually went to 162 lbs. The good part about this diet that it does reset your taste buds - eating an apple after 10 years without sugar felt blissful, and we both were happy to get back to coffee :)
Now the challenge is to maintain our weight. One of the commitments that we made is not to snack after dinner, so we have a nice fast between dinner and breakfast. My husband is also increasing his activity level by starting to ride his bike when he goes shopping, and we go for walks at least once a day. We also started to plan our dinners ahead - we all love meat, but we are aiming to reduce the number of meat days to 4 or 5 a week and add fish and vegetarian dishes to our dinner options. It's fun to do when we approach it as a team, and I am fairly confident that we will be able to meet our goals of healthy weight if we put our efforts into that.

Your Turn

What do you do to maintain or get your family to healthy weight?

2 comments:

MaryAnne K. said...

I mostly just try to make healthy food. I go through phases of doing better and worse at that. So far 2019 has been a healthier eating year, and I hope to maintain that! I could lose weight and be healthier, though! I was always thin but then gained weight over the stress of the cross country move and living in tight spaces. I'm working to get thin again now that we are settled into a nice home.

Ticia said...

When you did that, did Smartie participate in the detox? I've always wondered how that would work with people who are growing and all that.