I know I can do it since I've done both before. While we were living in Japan, using my "rabbit" diet, I was able to lose 24% of my weight and get both my cholesterol and triglycerides into acceptable ranges. However, I was only able to maintain these levels for about a year since I returned to the U.S. soon afterwards.
Here's what I'm doing
- Salads - I'm eating one large and one medium salad per day. The large salad is about 2-3 servings of vegetables and the medium salad is about 1-2 servings. When I took a gourmet cooking class, I learned the secret to a good salad is to have lots of ingredients that are chopped finely and then tossed with a dressing.
- Vegetables/Fruit - I'm eating at least 2-3 servings of other vegetables and fruits, mostly I've been preparing our daughter's lunch for the past month and that's what she mainly eats.
- Breads - I've cut back to 4 slices of sprouted grain breads or rice bread. For a while, I cut breads completely from my diet, but I decided to add breads back when I cut back on meat.
- Meat - I've cut way back on the red meat, perhaps only 4 servings per week instead of 2 servings per day. I'm trying to move mainly to fish, specifically wild Atlantic salmon. OK, I know that rabbits, except those in Monty Python movies, don't eat meat or fish.
I'm looking forward to my next doctor's visit in three months to see the impact on the cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
For more on New Beginnings, check back every Sunday for a new segment.
This is not financial or health advice. Please consult a professional advisor.
Copyright © 2012 Achievement Catalyst, LLC