Friday, November 08, 2019
Today marks three weeks of tracking. When I first started I kind of lost sight of something that I knew but temporarily forgot. And that is: There are good fats and bad fats and there are good carbs and bad carbs. I do not believe by any means that we should abandon all of any nutrient group...but we should kind of try to keep ourselves consuming the better varieties of these food groups. FAT, should mean "Plant fat" such as avocado and fat from nuts...Soy etc. And CARBS should be largely plants: fruits and vegetables and whole grains. NOT Dunkin Donuts variety of carbs. (although, I confess yesterday I had a mocha latte and was appalled when I tracked it to find how many calories and carbs there were in it.)
I have steadily been losing weight. In the three weeks of tracking, I have lost 8 lbs...That is with ZERO exercise. I am disabled by Psoriatic Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis as well as Osteoarthritis. (Yeah it's a grand slam) Anyway I can barely walk to the bathroom so exercise is pretty much impossible. I do calf lifts and legs lifts from my bed or recliner...I cannot raise my arms or lift any weight hardly at all and my spine is very damaged. It makes me so sad to recall working out for an hour and a half in 2012...doing Leslie Sansone's most challenging 5 miles of aerobics and walking without getting short of breath.. Now walking from my bed to my recliner has me gasping for air.
So I do what I can do..and that is to track my food and watch my calorie intake. i know that losing weight will help my joints and hopefully reduce my pain levels.
I don't believe in good foods and bad foods per se (although there are foods that are better for you than others. As long as you keep your calories low and make those burgers a rare event, you can still lose weight. A good friend of mine from high school days, Dr David Katz, has made a career out of diet and nutrition (he is also a cardiologist) and he says that he is mostly vegan but does occasionally indulge in meat. And Dr Fuhrman (of "Eat to Live" fame) says that if you keep animal products at or below 10% of your calorie intake, you will be doing well.
I know that there are foods that spawn inflammation and that they should be avoided. Honestly, I have never been aware of feeling worse after eating these foods but I have never really made a conscious decision to avoid them...so I don't know how big of a role these foods play. I do know that for a number of years I was a raw vegan and that it did little or nothing to reduce my arthritis symptoms or the rate of degeneration I have experienced since 2006 when I was first diagnosed with PsA..
You have to do what works for you. Our bodies are our own and what may be true for one, may not be true for all.. For me, I know that the most important goal for me now is to lose weight. After I get to a good weight, I can fine tune what I eat and what I eschew. But for now, I am close to being a vegetarian but I do eat meat on occasion. cheese on occasion (although I do not think I've had any in the past three weeks) I do often have eggwhite for breakfast on whole grain toast with maybe a slice of deli sliced turkey.. I just bought some turkey bacon and plan to have a slice of that on my egg and toast for a change from the turkey.
Anyway...these are just some of the things I've been thinking about on this new leg of my journey. I think it is important to make one choice at a time..one meal or snack at a time. Ask yourself 1 ) What is available? 2) what am I hungry for? 3) what is the most judicious choice, taking #1 and 2 into consideration? and then depending on what you choose, you have to decide on an amount or serving size. Moderation is probably the biggest factor of all in determining what makes a good (healthfull) food choice. A bite of cake is not the same thing as half a cake. But if you find that you cannot leave it at one or two bites, maybe that food should not have a place in your "diet." (meaning meal habits) For me? I cannot have any cookies or ice cream in the house....because there is no such thing as "one bite' for me in regard to those foods.
I'm no expert although i have done a lot of reading on the topic. And I have lost enough weight in my lifetime to have made a whole other person.... But each person's path is his/her own, and they have to figure out what works for them