What has happened to me? Aliens have taken over my brain and body at night and turned me into someone I don’t quite recognize. But I love it. So far, the results amaze me, and now I’m taking it a step farther.
Jillian Michael’s new book, Master your Metabolism, is eye opening to me. So much I didn’t really know about our hormones, our endocrine system, the junk we put in our bodies and how we screw our hormone system up. Even so called “healthy” foods when you look at the ingredients aren’t so healthy. One thing she highly recommends is going organic.
I am starting to accept the fact that I really care about the environment and health and the waste that we are generating every day. I am doing my little part and I can’t do much, but I can control what I eat. I have it easier on this journey than most. One woman at my Weight Watchers meeting when she heard I worked at home exclaimed how hard that must be for me. No, in fact, I think it’s the opposite. I think it’s made my journey easier than most. I can completely control my environment, my food schedule, and activity schedule. The challenges occur when you have to interact with others, if your a stay-at-home mom who is never home but on the go carting kids around, when you have to take a lunch, or go to a restaurant with colleagues, or worse, to travel. I get that. I applaud all those who stay on program while doing all this. It’s not easy.
So, I’m doing a little experiment on myself. My 1.8 pound loss this week was exactly what I needed to kick myself into gear again and get refocused. So here’s the deal:
With Weight Watchers, what you eat is just as important as how much you eat, if you want to lose weight and sustain that weight loss. It’s about behavior changes and making better choices.
Jillian suggests choosing only those foods that “had a mother or originated from the ground”. She also suggests, wherever possible, buying organic to eliminate the pesticides and other chemicals that get into our foods and can disrupt our endocrine system. Avoiding plastics and canned goods. And above all, avoiding “frankenfoods” – those artificially prepared, manufactured, processed, or enhanced foods, like chips, enriched breads, processed meats and cheeses.
Right. If I had a million bucks for groceries each month, sure. Not so fast… I went grocery shopping yesterday and did a little comparison in the produce department. Organic Braeburn apples were nearly fifty cents per pound cheaper than the regular Braeburn apples – on sale. Organic green onions were cheaper, as was the cauliflower. Significantly cheaper. And because I’m not buying all the processed foods (processed cereals, protein bars, etc.) I can take that money and put it towards more fruits and vegetables and lean meats, even if they aren’t organic. I am realistic, after all.
My experiment is to follow the organic and natural food selection – as much as possible – as part of my WW program and see what happens. The idea is that this, along with my counting points, activity, plenty of sleep, and balance, will help me shed this last 25 pounds more easily – and healthily. There may even be a side effect of reducing the symptoms of my fibromyalgia. I sure hope so. I’ll keep you posted.
Oh, and a word of caution. Watch out for dead spiders in your organic celery. If there there, it’s proof the farmers aren’t using pesticides. Ask me how I know.