Unprocessed Food Diet (Again)

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I’m back on my Unprocessed Food Diet (UFD). I had been maintaining my weight under 190 for a while, but over the past year, my eating habits deteriorated. My once a week cheat days on the slow carb diet became cheat weekends. Then I started eating badly all the time. It finally got to the point where I was eating fast food again daily, and my weight was going up every week. Add the holidays to the equation and well, I had to change things.

A few weeks ago, I started a fitness boot camp at my gym. As has sometimes happened in the past, over the first couple of weeks, my eating habits actually got worse and this Monday, I peaked at 198.8, at least 25 pounds over where I’d like to be. So I decided to put myself back on the UFD and continue working out. I knew it would help turn things around, but I’m pretty impressed with the results so far:

  • Mon: 198.8
  • Tue: 196.2
  • Wed: 193.8
  • Thu: 193.2
  • Fir: 191.6

Yep, over 7 pounds in 4 days.

This time around I’m keeping it really simple. Here is a list of things I’m eating:

  • Steamed chicken
  • Grilled fish
  • Green vegies (frozen)
  • Brown rice
  • Black beans
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Coffee (with cream)
  • Greek yogurt (plain, full fat)

As you can see, I’m not really restricting any particular macro-nutrient. I’m not eating any sugar, but there are plenty of carbs in the rice and beans and plenty of fat in the greek yogurt and eggs. Mostly, I’m just keeping things really simple. I don’t add salt, use the minimum of butter or oil that I need to cook with, no spices or sauces or salsa or anything else designed to make things taste good. It’s a bit boring and repetitive, but boring is the idea. After a while, I think I’ve regained an appreciation of simple flavors like a plain brussel sprout or a nice piece of fish.

I do get hungry. Most of my meals are combinations of veggies, meat, rice and beans. And I often find myself still hungry after eating. If I am still hungry, then I eat again. I don’t count calories. I believe in eating when you feel hungry. Sometimes I eat an egg or some yogurt when I feel hungry after a meal. The yogurt is often good for putting a stop to my hunger. So is a good cup of coffee.

I’ll post again about my progress soon.

Oh, and always, I recommend reading the Whole Health Source blog if you want to delve more into the theory about why eating like this is good for you, and good for people who struggle with their weight.

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