About eight years ago, I lost more than forty-five pounds and corrected a long list of health problems in the process. Shortly afterward, I started blogging because I wanted to share the life-changing results with everyone struggling with the same issues. You absolutely can improve the quality of your health with proper food.
It was 85°F here on Wednesday, so my look included a breezy black and white top by Clara Sunwoo via My Fair Lady (here). The white ankle jeans are by Liverpool Jeans Co from last year. (Similar here) The Kate Spade bag is here. The sandals are from last year. (Similar here) Similar earrings are here. Referral and affiliate links in my posts may generate a small commission for me at no charge to you.
My exercise routine includes walking briskly for about three miles each day that the weather allows. I climb steps many times daily and park far away from the buildings I visit. Vacations are a chance of enjoying site-seeing while walking ten plus miles per day. Hiking the beautiful mountains in my region is my favorite way to spend a day off. I no longer go to the gym or take any exercise classes since solitude is my best therapy.
OK, let’s talk about food. I eliminated all processed and fast food from my diet years ago. I now eat mostly cooked cruciferous vegetables, tubers, walnuts, and avocados. I have some whole grains, lots of beans, legumes, and a few nuts. I also eat small amounts of in-season local fruits.
I am acutely aware of the reactions my body has to the wrong or too much food. I continue to study nutrition and pay close attention to the impact food choices have on my health. My goal is a healthy body that allows me to do all the things I want to do. I am not willing to trade that for a few minutes of eating foods that may taste good but will cause me to suffer later.
My morning meal might include half an avocado, and some sauteed mushrooms with olive oil, salt, and pepper. I enjoy a more substantial late afternoon meal and typically fast for the next fourteen to sixteen hours. I never snack. My way of eating has been similar, off and on, since I was a teenager. Historically, when I change my eating habits to fit with a partner’s lifestyle, I get very sick and gain a lot of weight.
The photo above is an example of what a shopping trip for a late lunch might include. Sauteed kale massaged with olive oil, a few slices of baked sweet potato, sliced radishes, half an avocado, sauteed mushrooms, brussels sprouts, and fresh arugula are often part of my salads. Black or green olives often top those salads. Sometimes I add half a can of tuna or some canned Mackerel from Wild Planet. The most significant portion on my plate is always the leafy greens.
Himalayan Pink Sea Salt has some of the essential trace minerals our body needs. (I couldn’t recall this while we were recording the video below.) Those puffy eyes and brain fog are due to the spring pollen filling the air.
Many of the foods I eat are listed below. I only buy what looks freshest. I avoid vegetables that are yellowing or limp. Some may say that it is too expensive to eat organic or mostly fresh produce. I can tell you that it is way less costly than the $500 per month that I spent on prescribed medications and physician visits. I have been prescription free since 2011.
Bok choy (Steamed)
Mackerel (Wild Planet)
Asparagus (Sautéed or steamed)
Japanese Sweet Potatoes
Medjool dates and Walnuts
Pure Olive Oils (no vegetable oils)
I also consume aged balsamic vinegar and many fresh herbs and a variety of spices.