Some may think why other people are blogging, they ask why do make your blog. To be very honest I started mainly not only to share my achievements, maybe at very first point, but why I continue this blog? Well not only, as maybe some people find it helpful or interesting, I do it for myself. It keeps me motivated and reminds how much time I have already invested to loose 15 kg and keep it up since November 2014. Making new posts keeps me alerted not to go back to bad rabbits and I hope it may motivate others.
This is why today I would like to share with you a true stories from 3 wonderful girls, they over the years completely changed their eating habits turning to the healthy life style.
I made 3 interviews. So let me go one by one here.
Alexandra is my cousin, actually I treat her like my younger sister, she is my closest family I have. Unfortunately we live so far away now. She still lives in Poland and I am in China, almost impossible to meet, also time zone does not help in a frequent phone or even internet communication. My last vacation I spent in Poland and we had a few days just for us together . Even thou we are much different I realized we have so much common. I know my aunt Elisabeth, as well as Alexandra for quite a long time were already focused on a healthy foods, that consist mainly from organic ingredients. I personally do not pay so much attention, but whenever I can I also try to select organic products. In China I realized that often it is still not so much GMO food sold on the streets. However in the big shopping malls there are 2 types, and if you compare the taste of organic tomato or just from supermarket you will feel the difference. My Ayi is buying a chicken from farmers, you can feel the taste of real chicken and the difference if you buy the one from supermarket. In Shanghai I use Kate and Kimi on-line shopping they have a big variety of organics’ products seasonal, as well as different dietary like gluten free or sugar free. It is more expensive but easy and you save your time but not going to the store as they deliver per your convenience to you house
Today in my post I have selected all ladies I know they pay attention how they feed their bodies, I will make an interview with them and share with you their healthy eating habits.
Some of them will also explain how much different they feel when they started a healthy diet. I would like to start from my sister.
Me: hello Alexandra, it my pleasure to have an interview with you. I would like to go back a bit and ask you what were in the past your eating habits? How you felt that time, eating let us, say not so healthy meals?
Alexandra: I admit that my eating habits from the past leave a lot to be desired and driven by temptations. I changed the way of eating approx. 10 years ago. From my point of view the worst habit was connected with eating too much sweets.
After political transformation in 1989 lots of polish manufacturers started disappearing. Instead, imported low quality food appeared on the market shelves in large numbers. Foods under the well-known polish brand that are being produced on mass scale presently, rarely taste in the same way. The answer for the question why and what has happened is ingredients list: full of artificial substances, E-components, preservatives, coloring additives. Furthermore, in 1990s people were persuaded by advertisements that for example margarine is healthier than butter. Corporations, using marketing tricks, have gained an influence on our daily choices as consumers. In communism different types of food were in short supply. The fall of communism among other things brought about a shift from central planning to free market economy. In result we have overproduction, over-consumption and over-eating. This is a negative consequence of the transition. Within 25 years all went in opposite direction. On the other hand, the worldwide trend for slowfoods has spread in recent years in Poland too.
As a teenager I used to eat a lot of sweets and biscuits as well as popular and new at that time flavored yogurts. Additionally, sweetened drinks like cola became available everywhere. My diet remained continuously balanced thanks to handmade meals preparing by my mother at home based on traditional polish recipes containing natural and fresh ingredients. While attending to primary school, I was eating on a regular basis at school in lunch time. During my study was the worst period. As most people, I was feeling lost between long rows of shelves designed to buy more than needed. I changed the way of eating due to raising health problems. I quit eating processed foods and sweets. I personally think that human attachment to sugar is kind of addiction. It might be seen as a quite radical view, but it is inconvenient true about our society dominated by consumerism and industrial food production. I always loved honey, so I replaced “fake sweets” by different types of honey and handmade cakes based on brown sugar. My personal experience proves that change in eating habits is possible but you need to find within yourself reasons to change, you need to be profoundly motivated.
Me: I remember your mom, my aunt always cooked and still does fantastic meals, I love her cooking style, recently even more as it is closer to my heart, she also uses the healthy lean ingredients, no GMO, no preservations, mainly organic. Do you remember what caused the change in your eating habits? I think I remember you faced some healthy issues, can you share?
Alexandra: Indeed, my mother cooks fantastic meals but your father also created delicious dishes. He was able to make almost everything associated with traditional polish cuisine apart from baking a cake. I think it was common for our family. By the way, women and men participated almost equally in “cooking matters”. This pattern is rather rare in polish society. I remember clearly my first experience with cooking. We were accustomed to eat delicious cakes made by our grandmother – chocolate, doughnuts, cheese-cake and many more. Some days I desired to learn baking my favorite one – an apple-pie. After 15 years, which have passed since that moment, I feel a specialist for home-made cakes. Back to your question – for some time our cooking had been dominated by meals made of meat, too much fat for me. I was looking for my own preferences following my senses. Equally important part of that “revolution” was reading books, consulting with doctor and macrobiotic specialist, who offered me encouragement and advice for healthy diet. In the beginning everything seemed to be difficult and required extra efforts.
Travelling around Europe, gave me also opportunity to get to know new smells and tastes. My mother had doubts about my ideas to try vegetarian diet but soon modified her own cooking. After one year of experiments I found my own way in eating and cooking as well.
If possible, I use organic foods. In return you will gain some valuable benefits of being on the organic diet. No one knows yet what is the effect of the genetically modified foods would have on your body. Bio-labels, eco-certificates are good recommendations for your body, I think. Besides, this is a simple way allowing us to distinguish healthy and unhealthy products without spending too much time on analyzing the composition on the packaging. Yes, as you mentioned, the differences in prices are noticeable. I cannot afford to buy only bio products – as most people cannot. In the region there is one bio-bakery providing once a week whole meal bread. Additionally, acquaintances involved in organic agriculture bring me from time to time directly most of vegetables and seasonal fruits like apples, pears, raspberries from their own garden. I grow herbs on my own in summertime: salvia, peppermint, parsley. The more I was conscious what sustainable development means, the more attention I pay to my choices as a consumer. We should take into consideration as often as possible such issues. Organic and sustainable meals are also tasty. We can express our resistance to industrial livestock production through buying organic food or reduce meat in our diet. Raising awareness about the food production provokes further questions, including such problems as a food waste. In the developed countries the third part of the food eatable is thrown away. I would like to recommend watching an inspiring Tristram Stuart TED talk devoted to this issue.
Me: after changing your eating habits, did you feel differently, did you notice also the difference in your skin, nails?
Alexandra: After one year of practice it brought an expected results. I have felt differently, better, less tired in general. I found the new way of eating in 2005. The diet was based on organic whole meal bread, all kinds of groats, traditional polish soups, vegetables & juices. The focus of my attention was plant protein. Comparing to 2005, presently it is easier to obtain all types of organic food in the grocery stores. In the city of 100,000 inhabitants we have only one shop dedicated to organic food but the polish brand markets started providing a broad range of bio-food. Non-governmental organizations that aim is taking actions for sustainable development advise not buying in supermarkets because the way of producing food on mass scale (organic or non-organic) has a disruptive impact on environment, employees receive inadequate remuneration for work etc. but sometimes with limited budget or time you have no choice.
Me: Could you share what mainly changed, what type of products you completely eliminated and what type you eat only randomly?
Alexandra: I eliminated processed food and sweets, refined oils, limited amount of white bread. I use cow milk exceptionally – adding it to coffee or preparing pancakes. I have not stopped eating meat, but I have reduced it significantly in everyday diet. I prefer eating goose, lamb, duck meat, venison or fish.
Me: What mandatory meals have you included in your diet? How would you describe your diet, balanced? Can you share approx. % of meat, fruits, veggies and grains?
Alexandra: If I knew, I would share, certainly. It is difficult to express it as a percentage. Fundamental ingredients of my diet are all kinds of beans, lentils, vegetables, home-made cakes, seasonal fruits, pickles (pickled cabbage, cucumbers, beetroots) as a part of traditional polish cuisine. In my case, warm meals occurred important and eating in less quantities but more often, e.g. 5 times a day (including such meals as a piece of cake with a cup of coffee to start a day). I would like recommend especially the gluten-free millet, famous for alkaline-inducing properties. I enjoy drinking coffee and one type of black tea: Darjeeling.
I try to min. gluten products, but I still eat diary like milk and eggs, butter. I personally do not feel bad. I think today the white bread is really not good. Other than that I try to min. overall flour based products. How about you?
I have mixed feelings only to milk and refined flour. I like especially sheep’s and goat’s cheese, occasionally I drink buttermilk. I have tried macrobiotic cooking but if you look back to polish traditional cuisine, you will find out that ingredients were added in the right order, you were obliged to preparing a meal according the rules. In macrobiotic cuisine rooted partly in Chinese philosophy of cooking, something similar occurs. This way of preparing meals neutralizes the adverse properties of particular ingredients and makes food more nourishing.
Me: Did you notice the weight drop after applying healthy diet?
Alexandra: Yes, after applying healthy diet I noticed the weight drop. In the beginning I established a rigid schedule but my approach was dogmatic fortunately for a short time. Generally if you eliminate junk food, you will be allowed to eat as much as you want. You will recognize your real needs. I am convinced that less means more in life so I practice restraint, celebrate small things and appreciate simplicity. This attitude manifests itself in buying less.
Me: I am sure like most of women, you also watch your weight, did you notice what type of products make additional kg in your case? What do you think about diet, that should build based on your blood type?
Alexandra: To be honest, I have not checked my weight since summer. I agree with your opinions, advices shared on your blog. Mentioned previously types of products make additional kg, especially containing sugar. My knowledge about connection between blood type and the diet is limited. As you described in your latest post, the meat-free diet, based on fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes and whole grains, seems to be proper for blood type A person. Furthermore the characteristics and tips for A-blood type seem to be very useful. I see dependencies indicated in your description. After exposure on the strong artificial smells, lack of sleep or extreme weather conditions, I feel exhausted. By the way, you have made very interesting points concerning the increase of cortisol level responsible for this state of body and mind for blood type A.
Me: Do you try to do any physical activity, like swimming, walking, maybe Yoga?
Alexandra: My favorite physical activity is walking and dancing an argentine tango. Both are accessible to people of all ages. There are no contradictions for this kind of activity. Walking might even become a kind of meditation. Other physical activities I enjoy are swimming and riding on bicycle. I prefer swimming in lakes or the see because of the sensitivity of the skin.
Me: What are your healthy 2016 resolution reg. healthy life style? What would you recommend to other?
Alexandra: More physical activity is my healthy 2016 resolution. The common sense tells us not to exaggerate. I recommend a varied diet rich in the grains as well as vegetables and low in sugar and processed foods. Paying attention to what you eat but treat yourself nice - eating should be a pleasure too. I am against of cutting out any food that gives you pleasure. Research shows that eating habits are responsible for our state of body, well-being max. in 40 %. The rest are genes, exposure on stressful situations and environmental factors.
Me: Thank you very much! That was a pleasure to get so much good input from you.
Agata is my friend with whom I worked in Poland. She is living for a while already abroad in France and now in Norway.
Me: Hello Agata! When have you left Poland? Basically how many years are you living abroad?
Agata: I left Poland in December 2009 and lived in France, Belgium and now Norway since January 2014.
Me: I always remember you was very skinny? What is your current weight and what was when you left Poland? What was your highest weight & lowest after of course you grown up?
Agata: I always remember myself as being fluffy, haha . I now weigh 48 kilos, and the highest I ever reached was 65. It was when I was 22 and taking ill-adjusted contraceptives. When I left Poland in 2009, I was pregnant, so my weight was a bit higher than normal.
Me: How many children do you have? Was it difficult to keep fit after pregnancy? What was the biggest gain weight during your pregnancy and the lowest? Any special diet that you could recommend to any pregnant women’s?
Agata: I have three kids, aged 9, 6 and 4. It was difficult to keep fit during and after all these pregnancies, because I had to rest a lot and had three c-sections, so there are many limitation as to how soon and how much you can exercise after the delivery. Luckily, I did not gain much weight then, only the necessary kilos for the baby to grow. I was quite careful about what and how I ate, though. Mostly veggies and greens, a bit of fruit, making an effort of not eating at evenings and sleepless nights. I think limiting breads and other floury products (pasta, traditional pizza, crackers) had the biggest positive impact on my pregnancy weight. Important supplements (Omega 3 fatty acids, folic acid and cranberry extract) helped stay on track with diet during pregnancies, I believe.
Me: How fast you was able to lose the gained weight during pregnancy? Did you e4xcerise or mainly diet?
Agata: Mainly breastfeeding. As long as I was breastfeeding (for almost a year in each case) I could eat quite a lot, and still was losing weight. I could not exercise for at least 3 months due to c-sections, so I believe it was mostly calories I lost with breast milk that helped me heal and lose weight.
Me: Tell me your secret about how you manage to keep below 50kg?
Agata: It is not only diet. It is overall focus on health, exercise and mental well being. But what I eat is definitely a bit part of the whole picture. Generally, I eat about 80% of “good” food and the rest is, well… sinning I will explain what I found to be good food for me later in this interview.
Me: I lived in Norway and I know it is not easy to get good stuff, I had to order veggies on-line otherwise in super markets was completely not tasty. Where do you make shopping? Could you give an example of your daily diet? How long does it take to prepare such food?
Agata: The situation in Norway, or in Oslo, as I know it best, is getting better. Just last year when we moved here, we could not buy beetroots or chia seeds. They are now available in at least half of the stores. We do order stuff on-line, though, from UK for example, or do some shopping in Poland or France while travelling. Sweden offers good choice of fresh fruit and veggies, too. So it does take a bit of extra effort and money to eat the way we do but it is well worth it. We also learn, mostly from our local friends, how to find and make the best of the local specialties, discovering farmers markets or local suppliers of delicious apples or berries, honey and meat, etc.
Our daily diet includes mostly veggies and greens, in all possible forms to make them attractive to our kids, used to hot dogs, crisp bread and sandwiches, largely eaten in Norway. We also test and keep many good recipes to make our own breads, tortillas, chips, ice-cream and so on. It takes a bit of time at the beginning to introduce a new healthy equivalent, but then it becomes easy and simple. For example, we do not buy or eat commercial ice cream anymore, in my opinion one of the worst food on earth. We use our wonderful juicer to make fruit sorbet (any frozen fruit works, for example a mix of berries and bananas with a drop of maple syrup), which makes healthy 80% of the dessert, and put it in the commercially made ice cornet (20% sinning). Kids still think it is real ice cream since it is served in the cornet, and even topped with dark melted chocolate sometimes!, and they do not ask for “real” ice cream. Well, except on National Holiday. But these exceptions are a part of the success, as long as they are not more than 20% of what we eat in total. For more examples it suffices to google “healthy alternative for … “(your favorite sin), and through trial and error you can build a base of your own good food bank.
Me: Do you cook by your own? It must be very time consuming to select a proper products and prepare food, especially that you are working. Do you cook for your family the same type of food?
We cook ourselves 80% of what we eat. It takes more time than buying a frozen pizza, of course. More money and more effort, too. But it gets easier and easier as we learn, practice and organize.
Me: How Claude is doing with such diet, or he eats differently? How about your kids?
Agata: We all eat mostly the same food, but adjust the quantities (Claude will always take more meat on his plate than me, and I will steal all the veggies, while the girls will like the fries most, by the way home made fries with sweet potatoes or yams are our healthy alternative). But it is me that usually tries the new ideas first and tries to incorporate them into our routines, if they work well for me, for example limiting gluten recently.
Me: Which products would you recommend to avoid in order to be healthy and skinny? While being on gluten free and protein free diet?
Agata: I will list them at the end of the interview. But in general, always look for best quality products, organic and fresh and local, balance the quantity, eat slowly and in a relaxed atmosphere and you can eat everything you like!!! I read somewhere that the healthiest food is the one you do NOT eat. It is worth remembering, when you have doubts about the quality or amount or type of food you are about to eat.
Me: Do you eat a lot of fruits or mainly vegetables? Which kind of fruits you recommend if any?
Agata: Mainly veggies and greens (80%!!!). Starchy veggies, such as potatoes, are not considered veggies. These should be a part of the 20% free-style food. From my experience, the best fruit to eat are local, seasonal, organic fruit available where you live, as they grow. Raspberries or avocados from Chile available in Norway are of questionable health benefits for many reasons easily found online. I was told about a study conducted in Oslo University that showed there was NO TRACE OF VITAMIN C in imported oranges, fruit said to be one of the best sources of this vitamin. In winter, here in Norway, I choose frozen local berries over the “freshly” imported.
Me: what do you think about Dukan or Oxy Diet or other types of protein diets? What do you think about cleaning diet and starvation? What is your opinion about Gerson therapy?
Agata: I think protein based diets overload the liver too much and are not healthy in the long run, but they can help in the first stage of losing weight for example. I think Gerson therapy is great, but also difficult to maintain long term here in Norway. But it makes a great summer cleanse!
I think cleansing and starvation is a great concept, practiced by many traditions and religions since as long as we can trace it back. Huge ancient wisdom. Having tried a couple of times, I am still looking for the way to do a cleanse the way it will work well for me. I think fasting and cleansing need to be well planned, consistent, adjusted to your body and life style and best, assisted by a professional that you trust. I have just finished a series of Colon Hydrotherapy, and the results are just amazing. All the praise you can read from the people who do it regularly is just really true! And those who criticize it are usually the ones who have never tried. It just makes you think twice about what you put in your mouth as you see all the old stuff getting out of your system, after intoxicating your body for months or even years. Just try it, and then decide whether you like it or not. But do try! Take time to find a good clinic and make sure you feel safe, though.
Me: You told me you feel like 20, what gives you so much energy? When you have noticed significant change in your diet after resignation from what type of products?
Agata: Last December, I gave up gluten. Totally, one day, after reading quite a deal about it. For the next two weeks I experienced severe headaches, joint pains, depression, sleepiness mixes with sleeplessness, mood swings, etc. I was totally out of order. Then it stopped. And I began to feel better than ever before, both in body and mind. The cleansing symptoms were so strong, I felt like a junkie on a detox. So is gluten a drug…? I am tempted to think so. Since then I still would eat gluten now and then but I feel foggy and moody right after a couple of hours from eating it. It motivates me to avoid it as much as possible. I eliminated dairy also, as it seems to have bad influence on my skin and urinary tract. Sugar also ruins my skin and slows down digestion, it also gets me agitated. But all these symptoms can only be spotted when you eliminate these foods completely and then suddenly ingest them again, paying attention to how you feel. I am not overly focused on my skin, but its condition gives me an idea of what might be going inside my body. If my skin is clean and calm, then probably everything is well inside, too Another piece of evidence is my hormonal balance. I was never as regular as now. I had to undergo hormonal therapy to have my first child, having been diagnosed with PCOS. PCOS means your hormone levels are way too low or high, no ovulation for a year for example, terrible menstruation pains and losing way too much blood. Moodiness and depression, overweight and diabetes are some of the side effects. My third child was conceived with no medical help! It was after I started to eliminate many foods from our diet due to my oldest daughter problems with asthma and the help of blood type diet and professional dietitian. We all cut on gluten, dairy, processed foods, sugar, etc. It is all gone now, her asthma and my PCOS. And many other ailments our family struggled with. It is not perfect, but so much better. We continue to learn and try new things, recently fermented foods and probiotics.
Me: You told me you resigned from alcohol. I agree this is killer to any diet. However I spoke with Aska and she applied for a while red wine diet. You even do not drink red wine, a good red wine seems to be healthy from time to time? How about your favorite Baileys, I remember you liked coffee with baileys? I wonder how do you fight with your temptations?
Agata: I think red wine, a glass per day, is healthy for some people. Not for me. I do not like the taste, and it gives me headaches and skin rashes, it dehydrates my system. But I remember you drink it and like it. I also remember you always looking great and glowing! I have a friend who takes two glasses every evening. She looks amazing, her skin is radiant and eyes shining. She is also exceptionally smart. It must be good for her, too!
I still love baileys. I always have a bottle at home and take a drink from time to time. But I do not have the temptation so often, and a small sip is usually enough. The same with other temptations, I still have them and give up, but do not dwell on them and move on with the good way the very next day. If I “sin” for two days, then I pay extra attention to what and how I eat for the next two days. And so on. Discipline is very important, there are no good result without it. “No pressure, no diamonds” Fanaticism is not the way to go, though.
Me: Do you eat soups, any type of sweets? Or sugar only in form or fruits? How about dark chocolate?
Agata: I eat a lot of clean soups, almost every day, sometimes a couple of times per day. A clean soup for me does not include gluten, starch, cream, grains, flour, noodles, rice, etc. Just veggies and greens, sometimes pieces of good quality meat. Recipes are easy to find on line. I focus on low sugar fruit, mostly berries. Bananas are a dessert, within 20% free-style food. I love dark chocolate. I buy good quality dark chocolate and we eat it at least once a week. Couple of bars, haha. Claude makes fantastic dark chocolate with raw cacao, cocoa butter and I dunno what else he puts in it that it is sooo damn good. Love, I guess 😉 . We usually eat the whole batch in two, three days!
Me: So finally what are your 5 tips, or let me say Do & Do Not?
1. Do consider diet as a part of an overall healthy plan for your body and mind, your lifestyle.
2. Do avoid or completely eliminate gluten, dairy, sugar, and all processed foods. All this stuff is scientifically proven to be bad for you in unlimited amounts.
3. Do make 80% of your daily intake veggies and greens, enriched with carefully chosen superfoods and supplements and probiotics .
4. Do put people first and eat whatever they serve for you with love. Make up for it as soon as you can to put your body and mind back to balance.
5. Pay attention to what you eat and how it makes you feel. Avoid what makes you feel bad. Focus. If you are overweight, you will lose weight. If you are too skinny, you will pick up some kilos soon. Your digestion will find a good pace. I talked about what works well for me. Discover what works well for you!
I hope that you will find some ideas in here worth exploring and testing for yourself!
Joanna, thank you for the opportunity to talk about my great passion and what I believe to be of huge importance to all of us. Among many others, you are one of those who inspired me when I saw you picking mushrooms back in Bergen, just outside your home, showing them to your daughter and explaining patiently how to sort and clean them. They were delicious and what you did was filled with wisdom and love for life, food and your child. That’s what I count into my GOOD 80%, my best friend food!
Me: Thank you very much for your great tips and advises and sharing them here on my blog.
Before introducing the healthy life style, photo from her visit in China back in July 2015:
After weight loss December 2015:
Iza is the sister of my husband and when I was this summer in Poland, Iza was not happy with of her weight. I have offered to her to share my observations and explain how to lose the weight while keeping it for longer. Today Iza weighs about 55kg less than before the holidays in China. Of course not everything she lost in China, because she was here less than a month. In contrast, today I would like to share how she achieved that and what she did.
Me: Hi Iza. Do you recall when and at what time have you started to gain the kilograms? Did you change anything? What mainly has contributed to the fact that your weight started to grow?
Iza: I did not notice that my life has changed somehow. I do not notice that I became tighter in the clothes I were coming slowly with more kilograms. During the year, I gained 12 kg. Surely the important thing here is age – crossed the 40-tuple. I think my metabolism began to slow.
Me: When did you decide you would want to come back to the previous weight. What was the motivating factor?
Iza: Clothing, haha. And the pictures of Christmas. It was pretty scary. All my clothes became too tight, the size of which – always the same I used for years. And this was the moment.
Me: You have two children, did gain a lot during pregnancy? How quickly did you manage to lose weight after giving the birth?
Iza: This is surprising that, when being at ninth month, giving delivery, I weighed less than very recently before I came to China. Loosing additional kg after pregnancy wasn’t any problem that time, breast feeding helped a lot.
Me: Did you notice which products make you gain weight? What are you trying to avoid? What are you doing to keep fit?
Iza: I am a meat lover, all my life I liked meat very much. Always I was eating greasy and on top of it a lot. The roux, the flour, frying almost all dishes and the minimum amount of vegetables. Instead of fruit definitely I preferred to chocolate.
Me: Did you apply any diets, and if so what would you recommend, what is your advice to avoid in your diet?
Iza: Unfortunately I love food too much, to make restrictions. I tried to eat more often, but less and at least 2 times a week going for Zumba. I lost 4kg but after a while my weight stopped dropping and after a while I gained again. Only after going to China to visit you everything changed. Here I realized that it is possible not to eat meat, without losing a pleasure of eating. All vegetables appropriately prepared are delicious and also can make you full. I feel much better and lighter, after vegetable dish rather than meat meal. I also started to believe there is a life without sandwiches –in Poland almost impossible to imagine. Additionally we spend together hours talking about food and I learned a lot about healthy nutrition, absorption of the ingredients, combining dishes, etc.
Me: If it comes to physical activity, what are you doing during the week?
Iza: I’ve never been a lover of movement, and at the school I was even cheating to skip PE. Today, for my colleagues I appear as an Alien. Twice a week I go to Zumba and practice yoga and weekly swim at the pool. In addition, I gave up the car and go everywhere on foot, giving a day approx. 5 km.
Me: Do you cook at home separately for yourself and your family? Normally it is pretty difficult to avoid some of the products, sweets, which our kids or husband eat without any concern or fear to gain weight?
Iza: We all eat the same, but kids and husband eat lunch at school or out. I managed to convince my family for change of the eating habits, I mean: skip the fatty sauces, heavy, creamy soups, or always meat for dinner. On top of eating more veggies, we eat more fishes, grouts and fruits.
Me: What type of fruits do you eat? What type rather not to eat when being on diet? Are you currently on any diet to keep your weight?
Iza: My diet is mainly vegetables and fruits at every meal. I try to avoid sweets and I said good bye to coffee forever. Every Saturday together with my daughter I eat only vegetables and fruits, we decided to make this one day a cleaning day.
Me: What do you think about diet and the Dukan Diet or new Oxy Diet? What do you think about the body cleansing? What is your opinion about the Gerson’s therapy?
Iza: I am not interested in any slimming diets. I agree with the assumptions of the Gerson’s therapy and sometimes using them: vegetables, fruits, juices and enemas.
Me: Do you eat soup, sweets? Do you Avoid gluten and high protein dishes? When last did you eat so called Junk Food?
Iza: Unfortunately during the Christmas Holidays I sinned. Being the guests we did not have much impact on the meals I had to adapt to the team. I hope to catch up in a healthy diet as soon as possible. I came back to daily activity as well as the vegetables and fruits.
Me: And finally, your advice how to take care of graceful silhouette. What to do and what do not?
Iza: Water with lemon and ginger in the morning. In addition sourdough with beets on an empty stomach and a lot of water alkaline (ionized) and vegetable cocktails throughout the day. In the evening, herbal teas (like cleansing, St. John’s wort / Hypericum perforatum/, mint, green tea, rooibos, pu-erh). During the day, eat three meals consisting of vegetables, fish and meat once a week with turkey. Between meals, fruits’ snacks.
I think that you cannot effectively lose weight without physical activity and the car is our enemy in the fight against shapely silhouette. Walk as much as you can and avoid the elevator and try to get some form of movement at least once a week.
Me: Thank you very much, I hope your true story will motivate others to drop with unwanted kg.
I guess all 3 interview have some common points, and if you read there are elements that no matter what type of diet you have you should implement in to your life style, I could make here a short summary in a few points, which I also agree and apply, especially when I see my weight is going above 130 lbs. I try not to exceed to much of 130 pounds (or 60kg). If I see I reach 133 pounds I start to exercise more and min. carbohydrates, apply cleansing day.
So let me summarize what are the common points when taking care about the healthy life style and stay fit:
1. Watch what you eat, I believe in the statement: YOU BECOME WHAT YOU EAT.
2. If you can choose organic, natural products
3. Less processed the better it is for your health
4. Replace sweets with fruits or dry fruits
5. Implement veggies if possible with every meal
6. Replace any unhealthy drinks with water or freshly squeezed juices
7. Do from time to time cleanse diet or at least one cleaning day, you need to clean your body and even starve a bit from time toi time. Preferably in a natural;; way, read my article about Gerson Therapy
8. Minimize carbohydrates intake or if possible replace with healthy ones: rice, oats, groats
9. Select healthy, lean meat: most fish, sea food, veal, lamb, beef tenderloin, turkey, duck, non GMO natural chicken, choose venison
avoid pork, if you cannot choose pork tenderloin. Do not eat processed with preservatives. If you need meat on your sandwich better to grill or bake healthy fresh meet. Do not buy packed in the store as is full of preservation and salt
10. By the way min. salt intake if so use sea salt,
11. If you need carbohydrates, choose gluten free, or without white flour
12. Skip Fast Food and Junk Food
13. Drink early morning on the empty stomach glass of lemon with water or other alkalized your body drinks
14. Watch your weight and observe what makes you feeling good, each body is different, listen to your body
15. Learn what food is good for your blood type and test if it works for you
I think it is the best time to motivate ourselves for the new year resolutions, and influence the changes in our life style bad habit. I am sure everyone has some so now is the time to make it happen as we are already in February, for China today is Chinese New Year so it is also great time to start!
Happy New Year to all my Chinese Friends and good luck to everyone in new years resolution.
Thank you all Ladies for their great input & their true stories they were willing to share on my blog!