Schmentils Eats to Live
Hey there everyone! So, you can call me Schmentils. I think lentils are da bomb! So, here's my story. I'm a 48 year old mom of two, married to my most awesome DH for almost 12 years now. Married late. Had kids late. I've been a chronic dieter all my life, and well, if anything had worked, I wouldn't be here, right? So, I've pretty much done it all, and because of that, probably, my metabolism is shot to shyt. Here I am with the same 40 lbs. that I packed on with the two pregnancies and never seem to have rid myself of permanently.
I have some theories as to why I haven't been able to sustain the weight loss. Clearly, I have been doing things that aren't sustainable. My most recent stint was a 12 week liquid diet regimen, Optifast, that was connected with a hospital-based weight loss program. I lost the 40 lbs., looked great, felt great, but last December a series of major life stressors happened. Two people close to me died. Shortly after the first death, I had to study for a major professional exam that required me to spend long hours sitting and studying, while also still being a mom, wife, and going to work. I thought, well, OK, I'll just go back on Optifast and take it all back off again. NOT! After several failed attempts at restarting Optifast, I realize that I'm beating a dead horse. It didn't work because it wasn't sustainable. And here's why:
Weight management is about food management. And food management is about eating style. And if the diet you choose doesn't match your eating style, it's not going to be sustainable.
Over the years I've become a very fast eater. By necessity. Because who has time to really sit and eat, with kids, a home, a job? Am I right? But here's the thing. It takes 20 minutes for the stomach to send the "hey, we're full" signal to the brain. My problem has always been eating too much of good things. But, I can scarf down a lovely sandwich in less than 3 minutes. And while I may have received adequate calories, my brain hasn't caught up yet. So, I am compelled to keep eating for another 17 minutes. A recipe for disaster!
That's where Eat to Live comes in. I'm not a particular proponent of a Vegan lifestyle. However, I think that because E2L recommends eating huge amounts of food in the form of raw veggies and fruits, it will allow me to test my theory that a fast eater needs to slow down, and one way of doing that is by eating fewer calories in greater bulk. And if those calories are coming in the form of high quality foods, then better still!
I think part of the whole "French Paradox" is that meals are usually long, drawn-out events. No one wolfs down a whole baguette and half a pound of Brie in her car on the way home from work.
I will check in pretty regularly to keep records of this experiment of n=1, to see if I'm actually on to something here. I think slowing down may very well be the ticket for me.