My focus was in three areas.
- My meat will only be grass-fed, drug-free, free-range beef and poultry (and eggs) will be free-range no hormone, antibiotics, veg-fed.
- My vegetables will be local farmer-produced or organic (if from the store) to minimize the amount of pesticide in the vegetables and artificial ripening as well as travel carbon offsets
- No more processed foods — i.e. staying away from corn and soy by-products that are used as filler and preservatives in almost EVERY processed food I looked at. A hunk of cheddar? Fine. No preservatives. Shredded cheese in a bag? Yup — soy preservatives.
So this past week was pretty radical. I love food, so it took a lot of work. I made my own chicken stock from the free-range chicken I had cooked and froze it for soup later this week. I baked 2 batches of cookies because we need our sweets — just not with soy or corn in it. I’m limiting soy consumption to reduce the amount of isoflavines I’m ingesting (we shouldn’t have more than 10 – 35 mg a day and most Americans are ingesting over 100 mg just from the soy fillers in processed food!!).
I enjoyed every meal, even though it took a heck of lot more time. Dollar for dollar I only spent about 10% more than my normal shopping because I didn’t buy a single item with filler. No cookies, no chips, no granola bars…nothing. I feel fantastic already, in just a few short days. Not hungry at ALL (I’m usually a late night muncher) because of all the nutrient-rich food I’m taking in. (If any of you are interested in some of the delish meals I’m making, let me know and I’ll post a few of them.) Actually, the food tastes like I remember growing up. I thought it was just memories — but, in fact, it seems to be food quality.
And, guess what? Without having changed a single other thing — with my walking regimen the same (I use a device called MyTrak to monitor all my daily activity) — I lost 2 pounds this week. My mother lost 5. And believe me…we’ve eaten our fill of rice, pasta, cookies, pie, in addition to a lot of excellent vegetables,other grains, fruit and meat. My experiment is to see with just eliminating the soy and corn fillers if that will have a radical effect on my belly fat. I’ll definitely keep you posted.