Over the years, and especially in the last decade, I’ve tried my best to improve my diet. It’s a hard process, sometimes deliberate and sometimes spur of the moment decision to try another diet. The objective is to live a healthy life every day for the rest of my life.
I’ve tried supplements and vitamins: At one point some of them helped but once I gave them up slowly, I did not feel any difference. So I gave up on them except the occasional vitamins or supplements whenever the mood fits.
I’ve tried carbo-loading before – (when it was vogue in the 90s). The theory was by eating oodles of noodles, that food is converted into stored energy. I used to eat lots of pasta especially before a long bicycle ride to fuel every ride even though my rides are usually less than 30 miles. The bad news is that you gain more fat and weight doing this.
I’ve tried high protein diets where my carbo only came from vegetables. But I read months later that high protein diets is bad for the kidney if done for more than two weeks or so. I used this diet to lose 2-3 pounds in a few days. But I’m afraid to mess around with my kidney so I stopped.
I also did a “detox” consisting of eating select steamed vegetables (roasting caramelizes the sugar in the food) and adding nutritional supplements because it is a very low calorie process. I lost some weight but this was hard to do consistently. Years later, I read that most of the detox are done by our liver and kidneys already so it’s much better to just watch what I eat instead of subjecting myself to unnecessary suffering.
Over the years, I’ve been mulling some thought in my mind: how to eat healthier. Translation: how to incorporate more berries, fruits and vegetables to my diet and remove animal protein except maybe for fish, and the occasional eggs. We have to be great chefs to come up with really tasty recipes for vegetables and we are always time constraint due to work and family commitments.
Then one day, i watched a documentary called “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”. It struck a chord with me. Finally, I found a way to eat more veggies – by juicing. But then I did some research first and found out that juicing may take away the dietary fiber which is essential to cleaning our digestive system. Someone suggested to use a blender instead.
I got a new blender because my old one gets stuck when it encounters ice. To make a smoothie takes about 30-45 minutes. I did some research and found the Ninja.
My wife and I started blending vegetable (and fruits) three weeks ago. Here’s the results (for me):
Felt less tired even after driving almost an hour after work
Smoother food digestion process
My brain seems to work fine even in the late afternoon.
Eyes seem to see slightly clearer.
Felt less stress in stressful situations (such as heavy traffic).
I lost about three pounds and this time it feels like I’ll maintain my weight better
The difference is highly significant especially because I am no longer in my 30s. Any slight improvement in my well being is much welcome!
On the weekends, we eat regular food but we still avoid the unhealthy ones as much as we can.
The bigger challenge is getting consistent and staying on this healthy diet. But this time, it looks very doable.