WOW! I almost dropped off the couch when I saw that it was back in February when I last posted here. I knew it had been a while, but didn’t realize just how long. Very bad on my part. Thankfully, while glacially slow, the weight eviction hasn’t stopped. I hit the 20lb mark back in May and have felt quite stalled there.
In fact last week, I noticed that I had crept back up 4lbs. When you’re going down in very small numbers, going up 4 is huge. That’s disheartening. The goal here is to not only evict the weight but to form a relationship with food that supports keeping it off so that it becomes a normal part of how I live and eat.
I’m always on the watch for articles and material for me to consider that will help to inform and guide me towards my goal. Knowing I’m not a very physically active person, I’m aware that my metabolism is likely as sluggish as I can be. Metabolism helps to generate energy and to cue the body to burn fat. Now, at this point, the traditional wisdom would drive me towards an exercise program as the answer to the problem.
To a large degree that is a need that I need to meet. I’m also aware that I’m setting myself up for frustration to see that as the only answer. At my current weight level, I need to choose carefully how I can challenge myself physically. Walking is good and will serve as a starting point even though the distances will seem pretty small. Literally baby steps.
There are food elements which can serve to stimulate our digestive system and also our metabolism. Believe or not, some spices and seasoning can do this, like tumeric, cayenne pepper, garlic and cinnamon. The challenge is, how to incorporate them into my diet on a regular basis.
There is another way to not only stimulate my metabolism but to improve my digestive system function that I’ve started exploring. Natural fermentation of vegetables. In addition to producing healthy enzymes, fermentation produces natural probiotics which contribute to healthy bacteria the body needs for a range of functions. Reading the book The Microbiome Diet: The Scientifically Proven Way to Restore Your Gut Health and Achieve Permanent Weight Loss was an eye-opener for me on how much of a biosphere exists in our body and how we need to feed the healthy parts of that to battle the unhealthy parts.
The book tends to suggest supplements which I’m not a big proponent of. Couple of reasons, with food prices rising a lot, diverting funds to buy supplements when I may be able to find a food source is not a good use of my funds and like our food, we don’t always know what has been put into those supplements.
An example is the probiotics. Buying them by way of supplements is a bit like playing Russian roulette. Probiotics have a very short life-cycle and can die off very quickly in supplement form rendering your money wasted and your sense of feeding your health deflated.
Thus my interest in natural fermentation which is done with very simple ingredients and equipment. Another benefit is that the principles can be applied to just about any vegetable and some fruits. For a person living on their own, that means that when I buy fresh veggies, I can preserve what I don’t use thus saving me money.
I’ll discuss fermentation in later posts. I started this exploration off by making sauerkraut. I love sauerkraut but buying it in the store in a vinegar based brine is not only pricey but the brine has less of the good healthy benefits that a natural fermentation brine has. A 650ml bottle of sauerkraut runs me about $4, I made 1.5litres of sauerkraut for $2.25 and man am I enjoying the flavour of it.
I’m literally having some at every meal for the last week. I had some cabbage left over that I added garlic and chopped celery to which has produced another bottle of fermented veggie. I’m loving the flavour of that too. Not at every meal but it does make a nice change as a condiment. Right now I have a couple of bottles of sliced radish underway.
But I digress, remember I said that I had crept back up 4lbs at the start of last week? It’s up there, second paragraph. Well, this morning I stepped on the scales and was shocked to see my weight at 367.8lbs a total loss of 21.6lbs and a new high eviction for me. What have I done differently? Added the sauerkraut. Let’s see how things develop.
Status: 21.6lbs evicted; 28.4lbs to go in 2014
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