Re: From Mike
I guess when its all cut and dried counting calories is going to be the only way to lose weight and keep it off. There doesn't seem to be any magic formulas out there. I still like Fuhrman's mandate to eat lots of nutrient dense complex carbohydrates as the main component of our daily food; but frankly I need a little meat and a little more fat than he recommends. Adding fat to the mix (alas, some healthy, some not) has made a huge difference in how I feel and on my energy levels. Even if its just some olive oil on salads or coconut oil on baked sweet potatoes (delicious!), that added fat has really helped. The ice cream fed the spirit more than the body, so I'll not dwell on that.
I thought about going back on the Cabbage Soup diet for a week, but changed my mind. Since my sweet tooth is in overdrive right now, I think I'll try doing a version of The Master Cleanse
diet for a week or so and try regain some discipline. I really don't plan on doing a fast though, what I'm thinking about trying is doing the lemon drink for two meals, then eating one meal a day. The first course will be a raw salad, followed by the food of choice, perhaps meat, maybe a vegetable, maybe even a cheeseburger or taco. This is essentially a calorie restricted diet, but will allow some favorite foods. I don't know how this will work, but I don't want to blow the cleansing weight-loss I've been doing, yet, I'm ready to cave if I don't get more variety in what I'm eating. Since I usually don't get real hungry until the afternoon, I think the one meal a day plan will work for me, but the lemon drink will provide some energy and minerals. Still this is a short term plan, not a way of life.
On another topic, I have found another addition to my anti-inflammatory mix that has really helped the pain. Its the enzyme Bromelain. I take about 400-500 mg a day along with fish oil, turmeric and ginger. I also take B vitamins and minerals from my doctor for joint health.
I know a lot of readers, especially new ones will wonder why all this talk about diet on a forum dedicated to fasting. The fact is that fasting is a tool, a temporary measure to try and gain some health benefits. A healthy Diet
must be in place before attempting to fast, and must be maintained after fasting. Fasting without major improvements in the average person's diet is utterly useless, perhaps even detrimental to weight loss and health. Anyone who is not open to changing their diet should not even consider fasting for any reason.
Good to see you back Mike, I've been wondering about you.