Eureka!

I have found what I have been looking for during the past few days.  I have really struggled to eat healthily and have felt a bit dissatisfied between meals and been too pre-occupied with food.  This morning I decided to give in to my wishes for something fatty, flavourful and salty.  My goodness it was good.

I wanted butter and I wanted cheese.  But I didn’t want to break the points bank.  I have no idea why but if I eat cheese with crackers or fruit, I can eat a ton of it.  But if I eat it in an omelette, it seems so rich I can only eat a little bit.  Well, relatively a little bit.

So for breakfast today I had a 2 egg omelette, with spinach from the garden, a ripe and juicy plum tomato and 50 g of Cashel Blue cheese.  I greased the pan with butter.  Not much as it is a non stick pan but enough to give me the butter flavour I wanted.  It was probably a small teaspoon full.

The whole thing tasted amazing and I felt completely full and sated.

The spinach and tomatoes were full of flavour and the best bits were the melted cheese which oozed and ran over the plate.  Blue cheese, spinach and juicy tomato is a fabulous flavour combination.  Totally delicious.

One of many diets I have tried over the years is the Metabolic Typing Diet.  This uses the concept of “biochemical individuality”.  Based on years of anthropological studies, many different researchers have concluded that no two people are exactly the same, either biochemically or physiologically.  Due to variations in local environment,  climate, indigenous food availability, heredity and cultural practices, a diet that one group may thrive on could make another group sick.

Further research showed the key role played by the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) in determining metabolic individuality and the person’s response to health and disease.  The ANS has 2 branches; the sympathetic system controls bodily processes to do with energy utilisation and the parasympathetic system controls activities relating to energy conservation.  In most people, one branch tends to be dominant over the other which creates a metabolic imbalance.   This can determine what types of food a person needs to eat to be healthy.

Another determinant of what type of food an individual should eat, is the rate at which their bodies convert food in to energy.  Some people convert food to energy more rapidly so to sustain metabolic balance, they need foods that burn slowly such as heavier proteins and fats.  Individuals who convert food to energy more slowly need to eat more carbohydrates which burns faster.  It is an interesting diet and if you are interested, ‘The Metabolic Typing Diet’ is by William Wolcott and Trish Fahey.

I am definitely of the type that needs more protein and fat.  I can eat low or no carbs, except fruits and veggies, easily.  But I really miss protein and fat if I don’t have it.  And I think lately, having had some decent weight losses, I was craving some fat and protein.  So I gave in to it and now I feel great.

I had a really busy day.  I am in the midst of clearing every cupboard and drawer in the house.  At the moment, there are piles of things everywhere.  Plus, I had numerous bags of glassware and ceramics from my Dad’s house.  It needed unpacking, washing and laying out so when my sisters come on Saturday, we can all see what we would like as Dad is wanting to pass on some of his collections.

It took about 3 hours to just unwrap and wash and dry it all.

The glassware looked amazing, sparkling in the sunshine.  This is some of the 32 liquer glasses I washed!  It was a very pleasurable task.

I also ploughed through paperwork and tided and cleaned the study and spring cleaned the dining room.  I was so busy I didn’t even think about food until about 5pm.  I had completely missed lunch which rarely happens.  But I felt fine.  I had a banana and thought about what to do for dinner.

Harvey was out on a sleepover so James, Lara and I decided to go out for a curry.  I did consume far too many calories/points but not because I was bingeing or picking.  But because the three of us so rarely go out for dinner it was a lovely treat and my King Prawn Makhni was so amazing, every single morsel had to be eaten.  Thank you Raja of Kent for yet another delicious meal

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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One Response to Eureka!

  1. Lucy says:

    Ooh don’t those glasses look pretty. Am looking forward to seeing the rest on Saturday
    Thanks for the washing and drying – have had enough of that the past week!

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