A number of you have asked me to give you the details about my recent weight loss. I have always maintained what I consider a very healthy 114-115 pounds. Well, earlier this year while poking around YouTube much to my joy I found the TED Talks channel and watched Dr. William Li’s talk about anti-angiogenesis. Y’all know I have the Big C in my family and I am always listening for new ideas to keep those genes dormant. Not that I have the gene should any health insurance adjuster or NSA dude happen upon this page. Just kidding. Seriously though, I don’t have the gene.
I watched Dr. Li’s video the first week of April and slowly added some of the foods on his list to my meals. And I do mean some because I already had quite a few on my list of good things to eat because I picked up Dr. Furhman’s book about healthy eating. At the time he called it GOMBBS (greens, onions, mushrooms, beans, berries, and seeds). Where was I? I went to my bi-annual physician’s appointment around April 30th and from May 1st until May 15th I ate the following:
For breakfast I had 2 eggs scrambled in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil seasoned with salt, black pepper, and turmeric and about a cup of lightly cooked spinach or kale and mushrooms seasoned with apple cider vinegar. After eating this I was full until my next meal. I really had no desire to have lunch but would eat some berries or make what I call healthy oatmeal cookies with dark chocolate. For dinner, I used a little bit of olive oil, sauteed onions, mushrooms and garlic seasoned with salt, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and turmeric. Added a little tomato paste, spinach or broccoli, some water from the cooked beans and then 1 cup of drained beans. I would have a slice of homemade bread and seasoned the stew with half a lime. With every meal and snack I drank hot white tea. On Fridays, I ate whatever I wanted. In addition, I had my weekly bar-b-que because …well not having BBQ is just plain wrong and I believe un-American, definitely un-Southern. Then there was Sunday dinner which can be anything from fried chicken to pork chops. I think on the Sundays in question I had fried chicken with cabbage and candied yams and on the second Sunday meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes and collards.
On May 16th I weighed myself and found I had dropped 10 pounds. I visited my doctor again just to make certain everything was OK because given my size 10 pounds is a lot to lose in 2 weeks. I continued losing weight and now more than a month later it seems to have stabilized around 104 pounds.
Here’s the thing: I did not deny myself any food and I most certainly did not increase or change my exercise routine. The only thing I did was make certain some of the anti-angiogenic foods on Dr. Li’s list were added to every meal. For example I add turmeric to everything! I remember ordering a pepperoni pizza and before diving in I sprinkled turmeric all over it.
I’m not a doctor. I can’t and won’t give any medical advice to anyone. All I can do is say this: I added some of these foods to my meals for one specific reason and ended up losing 10+ pounds, a few inches and a couple of dress sizes. So, who wants to take me shopping?
I titled this post Eating to Keep You Sexy. If you don’t know this by now, you will learn it today: you have to eat to lose weight. Several years ago I went on a 20+ day water fast. No I didn’t do it to lose weight. I did it for spiritual reasons. During that water fast I lost less than I did adding these anti-angiogenic foods to my meals. After the fast, I had to watch everything I ate for 8 weeks because going on a fast or depriving yourself of nutrients wrecks havoc with your metabolism. Please don’t fast to lose weight or deprive yourself of food hoping to lose a few pounds. You are only losing water weight and destroying muscle. In other words, you’re making yourself sick and a dehydrated person with no muscle is not sexy. Soooooo eat to stay sexy.
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