Little Mama On The Prairie

A life and weight-loss journey.

Keeping it simple

on May 8, 2013

Hey! I know, its been a while again. Glad to say I’m mostly over whatever that was, still waiting for the sinuses to fully clear up but that may never happen given my history for sinus related stuff. I also re-lost whatever weight that was hanging around on the weekend.

So I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about how the different fads seem to take over the weight-loss and health worlds. About 15 years ago it was all about Atkins and cutting all carbs from your diet because carbs make you fat. So you could eat a dozen eggs and a pound of bacon for breakfast but don’t dare go anywhere near that banana loaded with sugary carbs. Makes a whole heap ‘o sense, right?

These days, it seems to be all about going gluten-free. I have not yet had the desire to join that bandwagon. What is it about cutting out whole food groups that makes people think they are going to magically lose weight and keep it off long term? Only about 1 in 100 people have true celiac disease where they literally become sick and in pain from eating gluten and need to remove it from their diet. Most of the rest of us aren’t fat because we eat gluten. We’re just fat because we eat TOO MUCH gluten! We’re not fat because we eat sugar. We’re fat because we eat TOO MUCH sugar. We’re not fat because we eat carbohydrates, we’re fat because we eat TOO MUCH carbohydrates! Besides, many “gluten-free” products are loaded with extra calories and sugars to make up for the taste and texture difference of “the real deal.” Gluten-free, Carb-free, Calorie-free…none of those necessarily mean HEALTHIER.

Since working on losing weight, I have cut back on a whole lot of foods, but I can’t say I have totally eliminated them. I will steal an occasional chip when my hubby is snacking at night. Two weekends ago we went on a date and I budgeted my points to allow me to enjoy popcorn at the movie and pizza afterwards. In my personal experience, cutting out an entire food group, or depriving yourself completely of foods you really enjoy is setting yourself up for failure.

So before you consider hoisting yourself up on the next fad-wagon, maybe try simply cutting back on the sugars, glutens etc vs. eliminating them. That along with a healthy dose of exercise and you just might be surprised at the results.

You know, I would LOVE to see my weight loss tracker moving faster, I do want this weight gone. But at the same time, I know going at the slow and steady rate that I am, doing what I am doing is preparing me to eat and exercise like this for a lifetime. What I am doing is something that I can keep on doing and not feel like a failure when I give in to the occasional pizza or cookie.



When deciding whether to buy certain products, remember that a small amount of a “natural” product is usually healthier than any, especially a large, amount of a manufactured product. Example: Butter vs. Margarine. Sugar vs. Artificial Sweeteners.

2 Responses to “Keeping it simple”

  1. Barb says:

    I agree with you 100%.
    Slow and steady which is healthier too. October 2012 I weighted 152 lbs today I weight 139 lbs, I had Christmas, New Years and a two week vacation, so with my ups and downs I am finally happy that this spring the weight is coming off and staying off. I hate losing the same weight over and over again, one week up three pounds the next week down two pounds, you know the roller coaster. I did give up my french vanilla creamer that I love in my tea and have found new green teas and other herbal tea that I do not need to add anything too, and I have limited myself to either one glass a wine a night or only on weekends, so making healthier choices is key. Thanks so much for this blog and your encouragement.

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