This year the best gift I’ve received so far, was one I bought myself. It’s a book called Wheat Belly by cardiologist William Davis and it isn’t technically a diet book, it’s a dietary modification book.
We celebrate staff birthdays once a month at Vickie Milazzo Institute. We used to gather in the conference room, light the candles on a big cake (23 employees eat a lot of cake and no, it wasn’t stale white cake) and sing a bad version of “Happy Birthday” to those whose birthdays was being feted. Cakes don’t tempt me much, so I easily passed up a slice. When I’m working I keep sugar and processed carbs out of my diet. I find my mind is sharper and my energy stays high. Instead, I eat lots of veggies and protein (which increases focus and awareness). Do I need to mention starting my day with two cups of healthy green tea and ending it with a small amount of healthy red wine?
Tom and I travel a lot which means exposure to lots of different types of meals, over which the quality is often out of our control (sort of). No matter how hard we try we can’t control the amounts of sodium and trans-fats or even get real olive oil for a salad. I have my own vices which include movie popcorn, fried chicken and a good bowl of spaghetti and meatballs.
I have a nursing friend who’s overweight and she really wants to lose the extra pounds. I’ve watched her and listened to her stories as she has tried just about everything. She’s done the grapefruit diet, the cabbage soup diet, and the Atkins, South Park, South Beach, Long Beach and Muscle Beach diets. Each one lasted less than a week. Her lack of success at controlling her weight motivates me to stick with my plan of eating healthy, clean, no sugar and to exercise at least five times a week – no matter what; no excuses! She’s now considering lap band surgery and yet another weight management support group.