You do not need to diet. In fact, I don’t care how much you weigh or what your weight should be. You should never diet again.
Diets are big business, and while they may help you lose weight for a time, most people who use them to drop the pounds end up putting the weight on again. It’s a roller coaster that is frustrating and discouraging.
What you need to do if you really want to have a life changing drop or stabilization in your weight is to change the way you eat. It needs to be a life style change, and while it doesn’t mean you can never have a cookie or a cheeseburger again, you will feel so much better and be so much happier, you may not want to go back to your old food choices.
This blog has been inspired by the journey of the past year I have taken in an effort to feel better both emotionally and physically. For me, a by-product has been a weight loss I was not after (and the really happy surprise was a loss from those usual areas where I had given up ever really slimming down).
As this has been a process that happened over time, so will the information and suggestions shared in this blog be shared over a period of time. After all, changing your life style, like weight loss, is more effective if done gradually over a period of time.
I want to begin with a list that’s known as the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen. This is a list you should have with you when you shop. The Dirty Dozen is a list of the foods most heavily sprayed with chemicals. The Clean Fifteen is a list of the foods least sprayed with chemicals. Of course, buying organic produce is best, and as we said a life style change is a process. Here’s your list to get you started:
Dirty Dozen Clean Fifteen
(worst to least) (least to worst)
1. Apples 1. Onions
2. Celery 2. Sweet Corn
3. Bell Peppers 3. Pineapple
4. Peaches 4. Avocadoes
5. Strawberries 5. Cabbage
6. Nectarines, imported 6. Sweet Peas
7. Grapes, imported 7. Asparagus
8. Spinach 8. Mango
9. Lettuce 9. Eggplant
10. Cucumbers 10. Kiwi
11. Blueberries 11. Cantaloupe
12. Potatoes 12. Sweet Potatoes