{how I lost it}

A lot of you have asked how I lost my weight last summer so this is it. Definitely not easy or luxurious but it worked for the reason I was doing it. I ended up losing 40 pounds in 4 months. I am not on it anymore but really watch what I eat - including sugar, carbs, and pop!

(Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor do I claim to be of any medical profession. This is all based on my personal experience without any research or scientific proof to back up my results otherwise. I have heard that this diet is not good for long amounts of time so please be responsible. Really, I can’t explain why I did it the way I did do not expect me to answer any questions.)

First of all, I want to tell you that I was honestly not trying to lose weight. I was having some headaches and other symptoms that were preventing me from doing my daily activities and I knew that I had to change something. After doing some research on the internet and basing my symptoms on other people’s symptoms, I decided to treat myself for candida (a yeast in the body).

The most influential website that I found was http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com/. I would encourage you to read the whole website before started. There are a lot of tips and suggestions that come in really handy. She includes symptoms, food lists, and recipes. There are also some die-off effects that you need to be aware of.

This is my basic plan:

Food: meats and vegetables – no sugar or processed food – no corn or potatoes (starches) – very little carbs – no fruit – no dairy

Breakfast: 1 or 2 eggs

I learned to get really creative with how to eat an egg – over easy, omelet, sunny side up, with pico de gallo or homemade salsa (yum!), hard-boiled, poached, scrambled, etc.

Lunch: soup and salad

Pea soup, lentil soup, and chili were the main soups I got from the ordinary grocery store. I tried to stay away from anything more that 5 grams of sugar/serving.

Trader Joe’s has the greatest natural soup with very low sugar – tomato and black bean were my favorite

Low-fat refried beans and tuna were staples

Salad - usually with a bean or meat on top – no cheese or croutons – extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice for dressing

Salad wrap Рmeat, beans, or tuna with cooked or saut̩ed veggies

Eating out: salads were the easiest for obvious reasons but they usually had to be special ordered as well. Fast food – hamburger or chicken sandwich with extra veggies (I did not eat the bun)

Snack: snack peas – available only at Basha’s and Whole Foods. I ate so many boxes of these and love them. Whenever I am at Basha’s I still pick up a couple containers to snack on. I added these to my salads as well.

Pork rinds – did not like at all before this. I ate these with homemade guacamole and salsa!

Dinner: Pretty much was a big portion of meat (chicken, steak, fish, pork, turkey, hamburger) - usually whatever I cooked for the family without adding everything and adding it to salad. I tried to make things from the website that my kid’s would eat also.

What I did for a sweet tooth and other cravings – great article here: http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com/articles/help5.php

Bee’s Electrolyte Drink - nasty at first but I learned to love it and crave it.

Chocolate – Trader Joe’s has an excellent low-carb chocolate in milk chocolate or dark – helped me sooo much!

Coconut oil – eat a tablespoon whenever craving something sweet

Magnesium – for chocolate cravings

Drink – water and tea, I almost always added lemon juice

Supplements: I could not afford a lot of supplements but I do feel that the VIBE supplement drink I got toward the end helped me a lot. I still take this.

I took a multi, probiotic, and vitamin c throughout the whole process.

Exercise: I did mild exercise on the wii using wii fit usually 2-3 times a week. We also went swimming 2-3 times a week during the summer. We usually take walks to the park or around the block once or twice a week as well.

Cory  – (January 28, 2010 at 6:32 PM)  

I have two questions that I'm hoping you can answer...do you have before/after pics and how long had you been having headaches? I've had headaches most of my life and was just talking to my chiropractor the other day about possible food allergies that might trigger my headaches. So I'm definitely going to check out the website you mentioned!

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