I've mostly been eating healthy since I read Campbell's China Study book 5 years ago. I say mostly, but I've slowly evolved. Even before I read the book, I kinda cut out candy when I got married to a Chinese man who likes to grocery shop with me and gently told me we shouldn't buy the junk when I tried putting it in the grocery cart.
I say I mostly eat healthy, but then you might ask, why am I obese? That's a question that sent me on the quest that led me to Campbell's book and then Dr Mcdougall's book, the one with the big smile and his hands spread out to grains and fruits and vegetables, seeming to say, "come, eat this delicious food, and be healthy."
I read that book three years ago. I believed every word. I had finally found the answer to my weight problems, no doubt. I have been and always will be grateful to Dr. Mcdougall and Dr. Campbell for their leading me to the truth. Things clicked when I read the one five years ago and then they clicked even more when I read the second book two years later.
And things keep clicking the more I read and re-read information on Dr. Mcdoguall's website. So the question keeps coming up, why am I overly fat? I know, just be patient with me, I know. Patience is something I've learned hard through this weight loss journey. I've been patiently waiting for things to click. I read the information, I believe it, and I patiently wait until my mind and body both say, "Okay, I get it, got it, love the rice. It really does fill me up."
I often compare the contents of my grocery cart with that of others and almost every time I do, whether the person is thin or heavier, the contents of theirs are full of mostly junk, pure junk. While mine is full of fruits and vegetables. And I ask myself, "I get it. I got it. I know what I'm supposed to be doing to lose weight. I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing, so why isn't it coming off?" So I would go and re-read things from Dr. McDougall's site and I would try new things until another thing would click. Of course, they wouldn't click until I made a few mistakes and went back to old habits. And I've been doing that for the past 3 plus years. All the while, watching my weight slowly rise through two pregnancies.
But I think I got it. I think I got the final puzzle that should be the last missing piece. Something that I've known all along, but hadn't clicked until this past week after I read what Dr Mcdougall said about sugar, how it raises insulin so the fat can't be released from the cells. I know I've been eating too much sugar, from the big spoonful or two that I add to my bean soup or oatmeal for breakfast, to the ketchup that I dip my baked french (unfried) fries in, to the 4 grams per slice in my oil/butter free whole wheat bread.
Anyways, I finally got it and cut out the sugar and bread (because it has sugar) from my diet and since I've done that 6 days ago, I finally started to lose. My official measuring (I think that's more accurate than weighing) will be tomorrow. I'll post how it goes.
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