How to Eat Healthy to Lose Weight

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My biggest frustration with wanting to eat healthy and lose weight was that even though I ate healthy, I was still gaining weight. But once I started eating Low Carb I realized that I was eating healthy for the most part. The problem though was that although I ate healthily, I also ate processed foods. And those process foods were what was killing me.

When you eat processed food, your body releases glucose and insulin. When this happens, it is almost impossible to lose weight. And this could be the start of other problems like cancer, diabetes as well as other health issues. So really the easiest thing to do if you want to be healthy is to stop eating processed foods and start eating healthy foods.

When you eat a healthy diet that is very low in carbs and processed food, and very high in healthy fats, proteins, veggies and fruits and less crap you will notice amazing things happen. Your skin looks better. You feel better. You lose weight if you need to lose weight. Many people are able to reverse their diabetes. That was true with my boyfriend, Brian. He reversed his diabetes and in no longer on medications. More importantly, he added years to his life. As for me, I lost 60 pounds and I feel amazing.

You can read Brians story here.

Eating healthy is actually pretty easy to figure out. I mean we all know what we need to eat and what is healthy. The problem with eating healthy in America these days is that there really aren’t many healthy options. When you walk in the grocery store, for example, 90% of the food available is processed. It is really frustrating.

Learning what to eat to be healthy is the easy part. And actually eating those healthy foods is pretty easy as well. You simply add those foods to your diet.

The difficult part is eliminating the high sugar foods and the processed foods. Why? Because sugar is extremely addictive. As a sugar addict, I can tell you it was one of the hardest things that I have done.

But really it is about mindset. You need to decide how important your health is to you. You need to ask yourself what will happen if you continue to eat the same way you have been eating. Yes, you will feel deprived. Get over it! Living and breathing are more important than eating chips and ice cream. At least to me, it was. I want to live and be on this earth and enjoy my family. This is way more important than crap food.

What to Eat To Be Healthy and Lose Weight (the common sense list)

  1. Eat Real Food

Ha Ha! Now that is a short list. But really it is that simple. When you eat real food you will naturally get healthy. Real food is foods that come from creatures created by God. Or food that comes from the earth or sky or water. So real food is meat, fats, fish, veggies, and fruit. Real food doesn’t come with a label.

Also, try to keep to organic fruits and veggies if possible. This will help eliminate some of the GMO’s and pesticides. (why would you want to put that crap in your body?)

What NOT to Eat to Be Healthy and Lose Weight

  1. Shop the Parimider. The easiest thing to do is to shop the perimeter of the grocery store. This is where you will find real food. Most of the processed crap in the middle isles.
  2. If there is no label it is most likely real food. For example, an apple will not have a label on it. It was simply picked off of a tree.
  3. Read the Label of Packaged foods. If there are ingredients that you can’t pronounce and don’t know what they are, don’t eat it. Seriously, you don’t need it. It could end up making you sick down the road. Real food will only have 1 or 2 ingredients, for example, real butter may have cream and salt. Two ingredients.
  4. Avoid foods that have added sugar.

If you really want to eat healthily and lose weight, you really should consider a low carb high fat diet. It really can change your life.

What has been your experience, success, and challenges of eating healthy? Please leave a comment below.


Eating On A Low Carb Diet

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Eating On A Low Carb Diet

Eating on a low carb diet can be a bit of a challenge, especially in the beginning. But once you get acclimated to it, you will easily know what you can and can’t eat in order to lose weight easily.

When I first started my low-carb, high-fat diet, I found it easier to follow a list of what I could and couldn’t eat. Then after a while, it started to click in my brain how to eat. So today I wanted to share my list with you.

It really is simple. You want to avoid anything that has sugar in it. This would include foods that have natural sugars, like root vegetables and starchy vegetables as well as most fruits.

And you want to eat a lot of fatty foods. I’m not talking about fats that are associated with sweets, like donuts. No, I’m talking about foods that have natural fats.

But to make it easy for you, I created a list that you could use as a guide.

What NOT to eat on a low carb diet

  • Sugar and Sugary foods: Avoid any candy, cakes, cookies, pies, soda, juices, ice cream. (Most processed foods contain sugar and should be avoided.)
  • Grains and starchy foods: Avoid any kinds of bread, pasta, corn or rice. These are all very high in carbs and sugar.
  • Beans: Although these are high in protein they are very starchy and should be avoided on a lchf diet.
  • Root veggies: Most root veggies tend to be higher in carbs because they have more starch.
  • Sugar substitutes: These are highly processed and fake food. They should be avoided.
  • Beer and alcohol: Beer and mixed drinks are very high in carbs. There are some spirits that are low in carbs if you must partake. Drinking On A Low Carb Diet
  • Fruit: Most fruits are high in sugar with the exception of berries. However, berries are easy to go overboard on so I suggest avoiding completely in the beginning of a low carb diet.
  • Processed Food: I suggest avoiding all processed foods. Processed foods always have extra chemicals and sugar hidden in them. You should avoid all sauces and condiments like ketchup. Always read the label and avoid anything that is more than <1 sugar.
  • Milk and Yogurt: These tend to be high in sugar and carbs. The low fat are the worst because they remove the fat and add sugar.
  • Bad oils: Avoid canola, corn, vegetable, peanut, cottonseed and soybean oils. Also, avoid any fake oil like partially hydrogenated oil or margarine.

What TO eat on a low carb diet

It is really all about eating more fat. The more fat you eat, the more fat you will burn.

Learn more about eating fat to lose weight. 

  • Healthy oils: Butter, Ghee (clarified butter), extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin unrefined coconut oil, avocado oil and bacon grease.
  • Eggs: Eggs are the perfect food. Free range eggs are best if you can find them. You can eat eggs any way you like. They also make a wonderful snack, just keep some hard boiled eggs on hand.
  • Meats: Beef, pork, bacon, chicken, and turkey.
  • Fish and Seafood: Fatty fish is best. But you can also enjoy shellfish as well, just be sure to dip it in some yummy melted butter.
  • Cheese: Full fat cheese is best. Avoid anything that is low fat.
  • Olives: Black and green olives are very high in healthy fat and very low in carbs.
  • Avocado: This veggie is full of tons of healthy fat. Eat as much as you want.
  • Nuts and Seeds: Avoid the dry roasted nuts as they often include peanut oil. I suggest raw nuts and seeds. Just check the label. You only want nuts, nothing extra.
  • Spices: salt, pepper, fresh herbs and most spices have zero carbs.
  • Green vegetables: Most of the vegetables that grow above the ground are great with the exception of corn and “winter” squashes. Also, go light with the tomatoes.

I hope you find these lists helpful for your low-carb, high-fat diet helpful. I typed it off the top of my head, so if I’m missing anything or if you have a question, please type it below. 🙂

PS. Here are some Eating Out Tips for your Low Carb Diet.

Cheers!

Wendy