My comments the other day surrounding variety seemed to cause a little debate!
We are constantly told that variety is crucial, yet if we get the range of macro and micro nutrients we need…the body doesn’t really care. If you look at animal protein for example – meat, eggs, fish, and dairy products – the body deals with them and processes them in the same way. So it doesn’t really matter if my protein macro nutrients come from eggs, or from chicken. There are other differences between these protein sources…
…but I won’t harp on about it or delve into the science too much. You find your own way of living the life that you want to live. My point is that if you like a bit of routine because you find it easier – as I used to with my boiled eggs and banana for breakfast – then your body isn’t going to complain as long as it gets what it needs. A balanced diet with healthy sources of protein, carbohydrate, and fat…and the micro nutrients needed…is what is important. So if you have a weekly meal planner that you wish to use again and again and again, then go for it – as long as over the week it contains what your body needs.
Watching ‘The World’s Best Diet’ the other evening – check out 4OD if you missed it – made me smile. Some of the healthiest nations had diets that lacked variety to a certain extent. The Inuits for example live on a diet that consists of little else but animal fat and protein. Harold Draper, a biochemist and expert in Eskimo nutrition, states that there are no essential foods—only essential nutrients – which can be found in diverse and eye-opening sources.
If we lived on animal fat and protein we would be concerned about vitamin deficiency…without fruit and vegetables what would we do?! Vitamin A is vital for our eyes and bones for example, and we tend to get it from vegetables such as carrots. Vitamin A is found in abundance in the oils of sea mammals and cold-water fish…which also provide Vitamin D which our bodies tend to produce via exposure to the sun…which the Inuits don’t get much of! Finally, whale skin is a fantastic source of Vitamin C…if it’s good enough for the Inuits…
Seriously though, you just do what you need to do. I am on a mission to reduce some of the sugar in my diet at the moment – not for weight loss purposes – but for the dietary management of my diabetes. So things like fruit may end up getting reduced…but this is a work in progress. I want to give my body the best chance at being healthy…and you can find your own way to do that which fits with your food preferences and lifestyle.
I found ‘The World’s Best Diet’ show quite interesting. It was a bit cheesy at times but had some good reminders. A series of experts had ranked the diets of 50 countries by goodness and health. It was kind of obvious that the poorer half of that list contained diets full of fizzy drinks and stuff like high fructose corn syrup. The worst offender was the Marshall Islands…which seemed a shame really. Years ago they were an incredibly healthy bunch until the Americans introduced junk food into their diets whilst taking over the islands for weapons testing. Diabetes is rife over there…with amputations making up the majority of operations on the islands…it was quite sad to see.
Some of our European friends fared well…but the good old UK came 34th on the list with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland a little further behind at 35, 36 and 37…which isn’t good!
I was surprised to see Australia featuring even lower down that list – actually I am not, as I know obesity is a major issue over there – it’s just that I watch Neighbours and Home and Away and you get blindsided by the Braxton brothers and their rather tasty physiques! It was little surprise that our lovely American neighbours were towards the bottom of the list too…if they could crack the healthy eating my malarkey, I reckon the rest of the world would follow as the business and political ramifications would be taken care of. But that’s a whole other blog post.
It was quite amusing really as the lower half of the list was represented by pictures of big fat bums in jeans that were too tight…and the better half of the list was represented by pictures of slender and athletic types!
I can sum the program up for you if you like – if you want to watch it for yourself then skip this next bit…cut out the crap, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients in something then don’t eat it, ditch sugar, eat loads of vegetables and fruit – that aren’t canned in sugar or syrup! – eat regular meals, cook from scratch!
It was a bit of ‘scratch the surface’ job…but it highlighted that good wholesome and healthy meals are the best thing you can do for your weight and health.
The Mediterranean diet came in a close second to the diet of the Icelandics…fresh fish, high quality and locally sourced meat and dairy, good grains, and some veggies.
That’s it from me for tonight! I am a bit bloody fed up of talking about food…one day, I will skip a blog post and go and sit under a tree for the day and daydream!
It’s been a busy day and I am looking forward to my bed. I am also very much looking forward to my Pilates class tomorrow morning as I am pretty bloody achey and sore. My joints are giving me some grief – which is to be expected at this weight when I throw myself into my gym challenges – so I need to get myself some joint supplements I think. I have had some great coaching sessions today, along with another good gym session, seeing the horses, paying a visit to the shops, and an unexpected visit from my sister with my niece and nephew. It was lovely to see them, although my nephew accidentally head-butted me and my lip looks like something a celeb sports in ‘Heat’ magazine after a botched injection of some sort! I also caught up with a coaching colleague of mine which was good, as I may be helping her out with some recruitment activity…nice to keep a hand in with my old line of work. Mr WLB has been watching football all evening…I am off to meditate soon I think in order to free up my mind so that I get a good nights sleep!
Here is today’s food…
Breakfast: Rye toast with spinach, tomatoes, scrambled eggs, and a banana (2 x HEB).
Lunch: Mixed bean salad – mixed beans, spinach, various leafy things, grated beetroot, radishes, and chopped red pepper.
Dinner: Veggie rice – wholegrain rice, courgette, red onion, green pepper, mushrooms, butternut squash, tomatoes, garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, and chilli flakes…with cheese! (2 x HEA).
Snacks: Grapes and Nakd bars (13.5 syns).
Exercise: 30 minutes of rowing, 15 minutes of elliptical, and 15 minutes of treadmill.
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx