A good time to start new habits!

For the past few months I had noticed that my weight loss had plateaued; and lately it was like I had gained weight. I read an article about lowering carbs several days ago (http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/bob-harper-jumpstart-skinny).  In addition, I watched a documentary that said only 100 grams of carbs should be consumed throughout the day.

So three days ago I lowered my carbs. Previous to that, I was eating wheat bread in the morning and wheat rolls or grain cereal with lunch and at night (a friend of mine had said that eating white bread can cause fat to build up around the belly so that’s why I ate wheat or multi-grain bread instead).

The truth was that wheat and multi-grain breads have lots of carbs too which is why I had been gaining weight even though I was running.

Three days ago I lowered my carb intake and I have lost 3 pounds already. I am increasing the amount of vegetables I eat and drinking more water (I try to drink between 12 to 16 ounces of water after each meal).  I have also increased my exercise—working out every day for at least 45 minutes, and starting each workout with light weights to build up my arm muscles.

The article I read mentioned that I should also drink coffee, but since I have GERD, I drink decaf tea instead. I’m not sure if it will have the same effect, but I am enjoying my cups of tea during the day.

So far I haven’t really felt “starved” or deprived of food. The other night I had a couple pieces of no-flour cake, and I eat fruits in between meals as snacks.  This morning I was able to fit into one of my jeans that were a little tight on me last week.

Now is a good time to start new habits!

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever” (Psalm 118:1).

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti
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The Temple of God

My husband and I have been trying to watch what we eat—eating more fresh vegetables and fruits, and refraining from eating red meat, fatty foods, and fried foods. I never realized that eating fresh vegetables can be so satisfying!

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In the past year or so I have lost about 30 pounds. I want to take care of my body. I think what drives me to do this is 1 Corinthians 6:19— “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?”

Not only am I watching what I eat, but I am trying to exercise regularly—not because it’s the “in thing” to do, but because I don’t want to have health problems in the future. A couple years ago, my blood test showed that I was on the verge of getting high cholesterol, but my levels are normal now.

Healthy eating reminds me of Daniel 1:12 &15, “’Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,’ Daniel said…. At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king.”

How are you taking care of God’s temple?

Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti

First day of being meatless

A few months ago I stopped eating meats, but after 23 days I started to feel drained. I thought it was because I didn’t have enough protein so I started to eat meat again. The whole time I was off meat I didn’t have any stomach problems, but after eating meats I had to start taking my medications again.

Yesterday, after watching “Forks Over Knives” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1567233/), I decided to go meatless again. Last night, after eating a dinner of nothing but rice and great tasting vegetables, I was able to sleep without taking any medication. It was great to sleep without any issues.