A Diet that I think We Could Stick To

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Aug 242010

Let’s Do Lunch is a diet book and program like none other I have ever seen.  For starters, it is fairly short.  Most others I have been acquainted with are much longer.  It also approaches weight loss from a totally different perspective than I have ever thought of before.

Let’s Do Lunch doesn’t start with counting calories, eliminating carbs, or doing some stranger things like only eating one kind of food. Nor does he impose strict exercise regimes.  In it, the author suggests starting by eating fruit.  And then reordering the way we approach our meals.  Mainly with our protein consumption.  After sitting and mulling over his ideas for awhile, I think they have some if not a lot of merit.  Our current diet as a culture is atrocious.  Roger advocates (without coming right out and shouting it) that we need to move from the processed and convenience foods that are prevalent in our society today and go back to where the food came from.  Eat food closer to it’s natural state if you will.  Weight loss can be achieved by eating the least fattening option, eliminating sugar and changing the order of the meals and moving our largest meal of the day earlier.

Roger isn’t just some nutritionist or skinny guy spouting off his theory of dieting and lifestyle change.  He did it.  He once had a waist that was five feet around and weighed in excess of 400 pounds.  He tried every diet that came along and nothing worked.  Sure, he would lose a bit of weight, but then it would all come back and then some.  He started by eating frozen grapes 15 years ago, and he lost over 200 pounds with the changes he made and has kept it off.  This is what simply worked for him and he felt led to share it with others.

My husband and I are planning to implement his ideas into our lifestyles. I need to lose some weight (we had two children 17 months apart…pregnancy wreaks havoc on a woman’s body, on top of being already a bit on the chubbier side before that) and I hope this is the answer.  I know that counting, eliminating totally and deprivation diets aren’t for me.  Nor are they good for the children.  I don’t want them growing up with a negative body image from watching Mommy obsess.  This diet isn’t about obsessing over food, and being legalistic with it.  This is about lifestyle changing and reordering.  Even if I don’t lose weight, I think we will be healthier with a better attitude about food and it’s purpose. Along with the kinds of foods we allow into our home and consume.

If you are looking for a new approach to weight loss and lifestyle changes, this book is for you. I highly recommend it.

I was given a copy of Let’s Do Lunch by Thomas Nelson through their BookSneeze program in exchange for my reading it and posting a review on it on my blog and a consumer website.  All opinions contained herein are mine and mine alone.  I received no other compensation..

Woo Hoo

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Jul 242010

We had a pretty good day today!  The neighbors across the street were holding a garage sale and they had what appeared to be a pretty nice bookshelf unit out so I had to go and investigate.  Turns out, it was more of a free standing cabinet with doors on it that lock!  I was so excited, even though the doors were not on it and they need a bit of work to get them back on.  While over there, I was able to also score three pairs of kid shoes, a shirt for each of the girls, a set of fleece pajamas and a pair of pink pants for Bugs a pair of cute black sandals for me (finally, haven’t owned a pair in two years since I broke my last ones) and for a mere dollar, a Leap Frog Leap Pad!  Then, we decided to take Daddy to work this afternoon and stopped at another garage sale where I got two brand new outfits, a few more shirts, two more pairs of kid shoes and a purse.  I spent under fifteen dollars today.  I can’t wait to get that cabinet next to my dryer.  I was wanting to build a pantry there anyway to sort of divide my kitchen from my laundry area.  This will work until we can do the building.  That cabinet will house all my larger kitchen appliances that I don’t use daily and homeschool supplies.  Yes, I need to keep things like markers, paint, glue and crayons locked up and out of reach.  The children love that stuff.  In fact, we have a horrible time with losing crayons.  I have found several in my laundry.  Of course, after it had been through the dryer (thankfully it wasn’t anything good, just skivvies and socks each time).

Then, when we went to go get Daddy from work today, it started to rain when a cold front came through.  You have no idea how nice that is.  We have been under extreme heat warnings for what feels like an eternity now this summer.  I have the windows open and the attic fan running and it is so nice.  It wasn’t nice driving in the rain, especially in the dark, but I survived.

Tomorrow is church.  Then it is massive family clean the house day so I can spend the first of next week organizing and packing for a trip to Grandma’s.  The girls are excited.  I’m looking forward to a week away from home.  And I need to get at least one book review written too by then.  May as well do it tonight. I have to finish yet another one and I’m caught up with that at least and can then dive into some books that I want to read that I’m not reviewing.  I can’t wait..