With the dawn of the new year came the dawn of yet another promise to do better for ourselves. Lisa and I want to lose weight, and so we set ourselves a goal of just one pound per week. Certainly this is an attainable goal and it represents safe weight loss (meaning we’re doing it smartly rather than starving ourselves or taking crazy “fad” supplements). And we were both doing well, staying right on target, until we both got sick in early February. We were each sick for almost two weeks. I had lost 7 lbs. already but gained them all back in those 2 weeks, so I had to start over.
As a family, the three of us have decided to try to go the entire month of March without any red meat. Not an easy feat for avowed carnivores who love a big ol’ slab of steak. Surprisingly, Joe is pushing for a vegan diet — no meats, dairy products, eggs or anything else that is animal based. Joe, who would have starved to death as a toddler were it not for hamburgers. Joe, who goes through a gallon of milk a week all by himself. Joe, who loves tuna melts and egg sandwiches.
I recently watched the film “Forks Over Knives.” It really changed the way I look at food. But it also made me do more than change the way I LOOK at food — I am motivated to DO something about it. now (if you click on the title of the film, it’ll take you right to the hulu page where you can watch it for free).
This graphic is amazing:
At the beginning of the 20th century, Americans consumed on average 120 lbs. of meat each year. By 2007 that figure had risen to 222 lbs (that equates to roughly 5 oz. per day up to almost 10 oz. per day).
In 1913 the average American consumed 40 lbs. of sugar each year but by 1999 that number increased by more than 100 lbs., for a whopping 147 lbs. per year. (1.6 oz per day up to 6.4 oz. per day)
In 1909 the average American consumed 294 lbs. of dairy items, but by 2006 that number shot up to 605 lbs. (12.8 oz per day up to 26.5 oz. per day)
Lisa and I both agree that we don’t want to go vegan and that we don’t want to become strict vegetarians, but we also agreed that we can eat vegetarian style MOSTLY and still derive tremendous health benefits in doing so.
Both of Lisa’s maternal grandparents had diabetes. Lisa’s mother is an insulin dependent diabetic. There’s a case to be made here for being genetically predisposed to diabetes for Lisa. My maternal grandmother was diabetic, although hers was controlled by diet. I don’t know of any of my mother’s siblings that were diabetic — I do have an aunt that lives in an alcoholic fugue and, who knows, she could be too, but I don’t know and couldn’t care less.
The two of us each need to lose around 50 pounds. There’s no getting around that. And the loss of 50 lbs, for each of us, puts us at the upper range of our “ideal” weight range so we’re not thinking ridiculously low numbers that are unattainable. This is our reality.
So, for the remainder of this month (at least), it’s fruits and veggies, greens, eggs, fish, and lean chicken breast. Trying to use less butter (or, as Lisa calls it, “butter-like substance”) and more olive oil and different flavored balsamics for flavor. Some tofu here and there. Mushrooms. Sprouts. Reduction in the amount of processed foods.
But, don’t think for one minute I’m giving up my wine.
Pat – ↓ 3.5
Lisa – ↓11.5