Losing weight, one diet at a time; one month at a time…
Archive for October, 2010
I recently wrote a post on what I miss most since I started the Mediterranean Diet (ice cream for those who missed that post). But there are many things and foods that I really enjoy since following the Mediterranean Diet.
First and foremost – I love the way I feel, I love the fact that the weight is coming off so easily and I love that my health continues to improve. But there are foods that I love too. These are some of the new foods (new to me) that I really like -
1. Hummus, and I like the Tribe Brand the best. I like the red pepper, garlic and the 40 spices flavors.
2. Black bean & corn salad (see past post)
3. Whole grain, multi-grain breads – they’re so good
4. FISH – who knew I could love fish???
5. Finally, the thing I love the most about the Mediterranean Diet – RED WINE! My doctor says I need to have one glass of red wine every day. I love that!
It’s been almost two months since I started the Mediterranean Diet in which I gave up sugar, dairy and white flour. I admit that I feel great, I’ve lost at least 10 lbs, my cholesterol has dropped a significant amount, and I miss ice cream most of all.
Â It was easy to give up white flour, white rice, white pasta. Much of the change was very easy for me – it was a new and different mind-set – but from the get-go I never felt like I was “dieting”. There was never a date a weight or an event where this was all coming to an end. This was my new life. Any time that I felt tempted to go back to my old ways – I would remind myself that if I continued down that path – I would surely die (at least sooner than later). But, all that being said – the one food that I miss most of all – ICE CREAM. Wonderful, chocolate ice cream! From Bryers to Ben & Jerry’s – I love it all. I miss Dairy Queen Blizzards made with chocolate soft-serve, Snickers, Butterfingers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! I miss hot fudge sundae’s from Courtney’s Sundae Shoppe. I miss Breuster’s – Peanut Butter Cup Sundaes. I even miss the little Weight Watchers DIET sundaes and ice cream treats.
Now, I feel better than ever and I’m not going back there… and my doctor has even said that an occasional indulgence is fine – it just can’t be a way-of-life anymore. And it’s not.
I have been going to see my family doctor once every three months to have my blood pressure and cholesterol checked. This was the visit that was going to decide if I need to go on cholesterol lowering drugs or not. Well, I started this Mediterranean on August 20th. My last visit to my doctor in July, my cholesterol was 245. This visit my cholesterol was 170 – a dramatic difference. My doctor was ecstatic at the results. She couldn’t believe the results.
So, no cholesterol-lowering drugs for me!
I have to go back to the doctor in the beginning of January to see how I do over the next few holidays – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years! Ugh!