The Skinny on being skinny
For years I use to struggle with maintaining my weight, learning all kinds of tricks and trying new ideas. One of the best idea that actually works is drinking lemon water. When I was actively performing in my Show Band, Rumble Seat, in order to make sure I would be able to fit into my clothes, I had to always weigh in about every two weeks to make sure I was staying at a certain weight. If the scales showed some additional poundage, I would immediately eliminate sugary drinks, foods and replace with lots of water and caffeine. I found adding a slice of lemon to my water or tea, reduced my weight by several pounds and I saw my waist line and thighs lost inches. I also had a poochy tummy even when I was little, and it helps that too. The next miracle item I found was taking fish oil, 1000-1200 mg. per day also helped flatten my tummy.
Folks ask me all the time how I manage to stay so thin, when they would witness me dining. I also loaded up my plate at my meal times, but would never finish what I had on my plate, my eyes always over loaded my stomach. The secret to my dining habits, is simple too. We tend to always try to eat our main meal of the day around 2 to 4 p.m., Snacking lightly after 6 p.m. I don’t do breakfast, my morning routine is Coffee and Coffee. And my Vitamin C and Fish oil. The other area and most important, to keeping a healthy weight is eating lots of veggies, fruit, and fiber filled foods. Grains and Brans, chicken, fish, and pork. Love red meats too and will eat steaks and burgers at least once a week. Salads and Breads are some of my favorites, however, I only eat breads in small portions. I don’t drink hardly at all alcoholic beverages, used more in cooking. Beers and Wine are always stocked for cooking purposes. Sherry is a great cooking ingredient too.
I am 5’3.5″ and currently weigh 110. The most I have ever weighed was when I was a teenager living in England and Germany, but it was all from eating REAL foods. Very little synthetic or prepared foods, no preservatives, and no additives. Real Creams, butters, meats, fresh veggies and fruits and home baked goods. Cutting back and exercise after coming back state side helped reduce my weight gain. I have always worked full time and very active maintaining my home, pets and family. I love the outdoors, and an avid animal lover.
I tend to cook with real butter, olive oils and still love fried foods too. One of my all time favorite meals is real Southern Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, scratch biscuts and country pan gravy. Other favorites are Italian food, Mexican Food and Mandarin Food. I also love German Food and all types of fish and seafoods.
One advantage I do have is doing a lot of my own cooking. Anyone who knows me well, knows I do love to cook. I truly think this is a major asset in maintaining a healthy diet and weight. I love to bake, and enjoy watching others dine on my labors.
The most important advice I can give anyone is the “time to dine”. When and how much you eat plays the biggest role in your quest to weight management and health. To many Americans tend to eat at all different times of the day, and the biggest mistake is eating late in the evenings. Especially their main meal of the day. If folks would just change this one thing, it would show major improvements. I hear excuses to this idea all the time why it can’t or won’t work for them. I work all day, can’t have my main meal early, or kids in school have to prepare meals late because of recreational schedules, work schedules, etc. Or due to medical conditions like diabetes, my sugar spikes or lows, I have to eat, or taking medications I have to eat, etc.
Here is my suggestion, if you work during the daylight hours, then eat your main meal at lunch. Make sure your children do as well. Then have a small meal at your dinner time, but make sure it is not heavy with red meats, or other food items that are hard to digest quickly. Cut all food off at least 3-4 hours before your bed time. Drink Plenty of water. Water helps with keeping your body hydrated and gives it a full feeling. It will help reduce cramps and help in resting better. I also tend to sway away from juices, only drinking Orange juice occasionally. Most have tons of sugar, and acid.
Exercise, it is a major part of weight management, however, if you are active in walking a lot, or tend to do things like taking the stairs instead of elevators, or escalators, do a lot of bending and stooping, dancing or running, riding bikes, swimming, etc. This may be good enough, lifting weights may help build muscles, but a lot of what we do daily can too.
My point to all of this is I stay away from fad diets, and weight loss programs, why? They have never impressed me much. Probably because I have seen to many start get short term results then end up right back where they started or worse. Just remember, these folks who promote all these plans are in business not only to help you, but to make money. And if it truly worked long term, they would be out of business. My suggestion is if you need additional support other than the want to do it yourself, get a family member involved, or work with a personal trainer. Work with those who practice what they preach everyday, and are truly ones who care about you. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself and don’t expect miracles over night. By getting a family member or a good friend involved, they can help motivate and support you.
I am not an expert by any means, but I do know what works for me, and hope that some of my ideas and suggestions may work for someone else. If you have questions or would like to learn more, leave a comment. Thanks for reading and have a blessed and wonderful healthy life!!