Let me say, I had the hardest time losing weight after my children were born. I gained 60 pounds while I was pregnant with both of my kids! When my first child was born, it was somewhat easier. I nursed and had plenty of opportunities to take her out for walks. Two years later, though, after my son was born losing weight became more difficult. I don't know if it was because I was older, tired or just plain too busy to exercise but the weight stayed on! A 60lb. weight gain is significant! I went up 3 dress sizes!
As time went on, I tried everything. I tried the South Beach Diet, the Zone diet; basically any diet you can think of. Nothing worked! Then, I paired dieting with exercise and that didn't work either. I'd lose weight for a week or two and then gain it back. I began exercising so much that I injured myself. Apparently, 5 intense workouts a week was a little too much for me! I had back problems, knee problems, plus foot and shoulder injuries before I finally stopped.
Then I watched Hungry for Change. If you haven't seen this documentary yet, I would highly recommend it! This movie changed my life because it made me think about the way I was eating.
Instead of "dieting" it talks about focusing on filling your body with good food such as Kale, Spinach, Cilantro, Flax Seeds and Cia Seeds, etc. "If something has a longer shelf life than you" they say "don't eat it!" They also promote juicing as a way of giving your body what it needs. When your body gets what it needs, it stops being hungry. I was ALWAYS hungry and I had low blood sugar issues. I couldn't get through one day without feeling faint.
So I substituted my regular breakfast of Scrambled Eggs and Toast for a Yogurt Parfait topped with Chia Seeds or a Breakfast Smoothie with Yogurt, Bananas and Spinach. For snacks I ate Kale Chips or Roasted Chick Peas rather than Cheese, Crackers and Fruit. Also, I started eating 5 small meals a day, substituting one meal (usually lunch) for fresh vegetable juice.
The weight literally melted off! This was even without regular exercise since during the first two months; I was nursing a knee injury. That was a year ago and I haven't gained the weight back! Now, I am currently a size 4, I don't have any low blood sugar issues and I feel amazing! Hungry for Change helped me realize that I wasn't eating right. Check it out!
Copyright by Michelle Fiore