Diets Don't Work, but this did for me!

United States
May 23, 2008 6:30pm CST
Eating has always been one of my passions as far back as I can remember. I come from a family of fantastic cooks, so food has always played an important role in my life. I encountered some health problems a couple of years ago, and since I'm allergic to most medications, I had to find another solution--one which didn't include loading up on vitamins whose names I can't pronounce. I began changing the foods I ate in relation to my specific health problems. First came the gradual elimination of all the foods known to precipitate and/or worsen my condition. I started with wheat and dairy products which are known allergens for people with arthritis. Each food removed from my diet had a significant impact because of all of the food products I had been consuming that contained them. I spent many hours in supermarkets reading each and every label. Next I had to eliminate most saturated fats because of another health issue, but I replaced them with the "good fats". Fortunately I was never too fond of meat and now eat it only once or twice a month. I prefer fish, and occasionally chicken. I have always loved fruits and vegetables, so I increased my consumption of them to help balance out my diet. I also eat only a minimal amount of starchy vegetables. In addition, I increased the use of spices that have been known to have anti-inflamatory properties, specifically ginger and turmeric. Just making these small changes, and without dieting, over a period of twelve months or less, I lost a total of 35 pounds. Health problems will always be a part of our lives, but the changes I made have significantly improved the quality of mine. A couple of things helped make my dietary changes easier to tolerate. One was the purchase of some raw food cook books. Sounds gross, but it doesn't involve taking a bite out of anything live at dinner time. Actually I found some extremely delicious recipies in them. The other is an occasional day of spontaneous eating. I do this at least once or twice a month and it has no impact on either my health or my weight.
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@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
25 Jun 08
good for you stickergal. my mom also has helath problems well most of people who aged has this. and she also eliminates food that wont make her well. she just dont eat any food that would make her sick. she cooks with canola oil if oil is needed. she eats mostly fish and once in a while chicken. there are vegetables too that she cant eat but, so she dont cook the veggies the doctor said. she is not allowed to eat beans and anything that is made of beans like tofu. so far my moms health condition is okay. she will be turning 76 on october but she is fit