Hello and thanks for clicking through to my blog post today about the best diets for 2019. I think that I may have used the word “Diet” in the title in order to get your attention. The reality is that I don’t believe in “diets”. Diets mean restriction and they also mean that you lose weight and then gain it back as soon as the “diet” is over. How many of us have lost weight and then gained it back again?
Sorry guys but diets just don’t work.
The word I really do like to use is “lifestyle” or life plan”. A healthy bariatric lifestyle is what we all should be aiming to achieve. The best bariatric lifestyle which will enable you to reach your short and long term goals and get you to the world of maintenance is a lifestyle which includes: whole, live, natural, fresh, good quality, real food.
The bariatric movement today is to take back your control over food and get back into the kitchen. The goal is to eat from your own home and pack your own meals. Try to always have something with you as a back up snack in order to not be at the mercy of corner stores and gas stations.
The truth is that diets don’t work. Diets give us false expectations and set us up for failure. We need to clean up our eating and stay away from processed food if we want to meet our goals and maintain those goals for a long time to come. We need to eliminate packaged foods from our diets. We need to eliminate canned foods also. Those frozen meals have zero to offer us as far as nutrients go.
Stay away from sugar in all its forms. Sugar has a gazillion names so beware of added sugars. If you eat real food, you won’t have to worry about added sugars.
When shopping, let’s stay on the outside of the supermarket and purchase real food. That’s where all the real food is located.
So we know what we should not be eating – what should we be eating then?
Let’s eat more vegetables. Eat them raw, baked, boiled, steamed, grilled, pureed – eat more veggies.
Eat more berries. Aim for low carb berries – low sugar berries – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. They are full of fibre and low in sugar.
Enjoy your eggs.
Eat protein – fish, seafood, chicken, beef and pork.
Enjoy dairy products IF as a biochemical individual, your body doesn’t react to it. A lot of use have sensitivities and intolerances to dairy products. If that is your case, use nut milks like almond or coconut milk. There are also cheese and yogurts (vegan products) which are made with these nuts.
Eat your nuts and seeds. They are powerhouses packed with nutrients and healthy fats. Eat your almonds, sunflower seeds, and hazelnuts. Sprinkle your food with sesame seeds. Find creative ways to sneak a few nuts into your meals. Add some seeds to your shakes.
Drink more water.
Let’s get back to the basics and focus on real food. Let’s enable our bodies to use real food and not “food-stuff”. Eating real food will stabilize blood sugars, balance hormones and increase energy levels. Once blood sugars are stabilized, it gets easier to lose weight. We are not constantly hungry.
Move more. I am not asking you to hit the gym, I am asking you to go for a walk – stretch, lift a bit of weight, or use your own body weight to push out some daily squats or 1/2 push-ups. Stay active by taking the stairs and parking at the very back of the parking lot. Find ways to add move movement into your daily life.
Sleep better. Don’t take sleep for granted. Make sleep a priority. Get your cell phone out of your bedroom. Turn off the TV. Turn down the thermostat and have a bedtime routine. Sleep is the best free medicine out there.
You can see that what I am talking about for bariatric success is not about dieting. It is an entire life-style. I want to push this movement forward and I want you to jump on board. Let’s make 2019 about the NON-DIET and let’s focus on life-style. Let’s move forward and focus on our health. I promise you that the weight will come off when you eat real food and use your bariatric pouch to guide you.
2019 is all about food in its real form. Join me and let’s take our bariatric results to the next level. Let’s lose the weight but let’s also have glowing skin and shiny hair and huge amounts of energy.
Reach out and let me know what your health goals are in 2019.
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About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.
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