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Fit by 50 – Week 48: It was SO close, but I’m calling this week a success!

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My goal for this week, was to lose 1.5 pounds…I lost 1.4 POUNDS, but, I’m going to call it a success! When I got on the scale, and saw the number, I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry, but I decided I’m celebrating. I’m of the mindset that every loss is worth celebrating. Every loss is one step closer to my ultimate goal. Hey, at least I’m heading in the right direction!

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Mixing it up, nutrition style

On Monday, I published an article about nutritional typing. I won’t go into detail here, but basically your nutritional type is the kind of food your body prefers as fuel. Some people prefer protein/fat, and others prefer vegan/high carbs, while others, like me, are a mix of both. So, if you want more information on nutritional typing, and a link to a free quiz and ebook, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

YEP, that’s right, after taking 2 nutritional typing quizzes, I am definitely a Mixed type (my body likes both styles). What does this mean for my meals? Here’s how I’m tackling the food portion of my weight loss journey. (FYI- my diet is a bit backwards from what’s considered “normal” by most diet experts)

  • Carbohydrate cycling – This technique involves alternating low carbohydrate days with high carbohydrate days.  Right now, I eat a low carb diet SUNDAY – WEDNESDAY and a moderate/high carb diet THURSDAY – SATURDAY. As a “mixed” type, I find this technique really works for me. In the past, I have found that doing any diet extreme for too many days in a row hinders my success. I could never figure it out. I’d go on a low carb diet and lose a bunch of weight for the first 2 weeks, then nothing. Same for high carb/low fat. SO, while doing a project for school, I stumbled on the concept of carb cycling. Basically what you do is eat low carb for a certain number of days, then add in a few high carb days. You can do any combination, even extending low carb out to 30 days. I just find this way works for me, so far anyway. The benefits of carb cycling include:
    • Fat burning
    • promotes lean muscle
    • increase receptiveness to insulin
    • focused on healthy carbs, eliminates bad carbs
  •  Snacking at night! Around 8:00 every evening, I have a small snack. YES, you read that correctly. This goes against EVERY diet expert who says “NEVER EAT PAST 6:00 pm”. I recently read about a technique where you eat certain healthy “carbs” at night, mixed with high quality protein and healthy fats. A typical night snack is 1/2 cup plain fat free Greek yogurt – sweetened with swerve. (I use swerve because I’m allergic to stevia), 1/2 cup organic berries/cherries, and 1/2 ounce chopped raw nuts. I’ll write an article on this in the future, but for now, the benefits of eating at night include:
    • Regulate your metabolism and optimize hormones to efficiently use stored fat for energy 

    • Stabilize your blood sugar and improve your insulin sensitivity.

    • Rebalance the cortisol cycle to sleep better.

  • Intermittent fasting – I’m doing a 14/10 eating plan. My recent reading suggests that this is the best ratio for women. I typically eat my first meal at 10:00 am and my last meal at 8:00 pm.
  • NOT counting calories, counting carbs or keeping a food diary – This is mainly because I hate doing it, because it’s a pain. I need to keep this plan as easy as possible. This may change as I get closer to my goal, but, for now, I don’t think it’s necessary. I find I’m eating less, partially due to the intermittent fasting, and partially due to the night snack. I am, however, using portion control when I put my meals together.
  • 85% of the time my diet is COMPLETELY WHOLE FOOD.
    • I choose healthy, whole food carbs, NOT refined/processed carbs. My carbs consist of winter squash, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, other starchy veggies, as well as berries/fruit.
    • Half my plate, at 85% of my meals, is covered with non-starchy veggies.
    • I eat ONLY healthy sources of protein – including wild caught fish, pasture raised chicken/eggs, 100% grass fed beef/dairy and raw cheese.
  • I allow myself ONE cheat day per week- This is part of my philosophy of eating an 85/15 lifestyle. You can find more information on this style of eating HERE, but basically you eat a healthy, whole food diet 85% of the time, allowing for a “fun” diet 15% of the time. The main benefit to this? YOU STICK TO THE HEALTHY EATING, because you know that the “fun” day is coming!

Closing thoughts

There you have it. That’s what I’m doing for the nutrition side of things. So far, it’s working, fingers crossed. My goal for this week is to lose 1.5 pounds. Remember, I’m still playing catch up after gaining 3 pounds last week. Stay tuned next week for my fitness routine!

Until next time…Namaste my friends

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About Tamara Hoerner (1268 Articles)
Welcome to The Purple Almond! My name is Tamara Hoerner. I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

4 Comments on Fit by 50 – Week 48: It was SO close, but I’m calling this week a success!

  1. Absolutely a win! I love how much you know about the different approaches, but are adapting them to what works for you!

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