My name isn’t really Snarfy.
I made some big life changes and eliminated certain foods from my everyday diet. Because of these changes, coupled with an increase in activity level, I’ve lost a significant amount of weight. This is going to sound cliché, but it really is about life changes. Listen to your body and treat it right. You only get one.
And here’s my chance to explain my eating philosophy:
1) I once willingly gave up gluten. I’m not celiac and I don’t really have a honest-to-goodness diagnosable sensitivity. But I did a cleanse and I found out that I don’t like the way gluten foods make me feel. I still have a bite of cake or a small slice of bread here or there, but I really try to stay away from those sorts of carbs for the most part.
2) I try to eat clean on an everyday basis. Now this can mean a bunch of different things. For me, this means eating things that are not processed. I try not to eat from boxes. I make things from scratch and use fresh ingredients. I’m not a stickler (I still use jarred marinara sauce), but when I buy pantry items, I read the ingredients list and look for things that are on the “cleaner” side. No added sugar, no crazy ingredients I can’t pronounce – just real food.
3) I really really really like paleo recipes. I also really really really like cheese and dairy. I’m not totally paleo, but I think paleo is a great place to start. Maybe I’m more primal? I don’t know the definitions of these diets. What I do eat primarily includes fresh produce and nuts, meats, and dairy, but I dabble in rice and some grains.
4) I try to avoid excessive amounts of soy. I feel like there is too much soy filler in our food, and I question that. There are studies that show that soy mimics estrogen when consumed in excess. Honestly, this is bad for both genders. I’m not here to preach, but I choose to avoid soy in excess.
5) Eat seasonally. This is hard for me to follow too, especially when there is so much available year round where I live, but I try to make sure to incorporate what’s in season. This is why I like shopping farmer’s markets and smaller grocery stores. But honestly, I break this one all the time because that can be a full time job in itself. That’s where the CSA box is your friend.
6) It’s all about moderation. I still have burgers from Five Guys (I get it lettuce wrapped). French fries are my kryponite. Don’t leave me alone in a room with a roasted tri tip because it won’t be there when you get back. But I really try to keep it all in check. It just doesn’t always work.
7) Stay hydrated! I drink a lot of water. Like 16-20 cups a day. I don’t drink soda or fruit juices. Tea counts as water. Coffee does not.
8) Buy what you like and cook with what you have and then you don’t waste food. I don’t always plan meals when I go grocery shopping. I like to keep myself on my toes. I call this Iron Chef America: Home Edition.