We have always eaten fairly healthy. We have never been fanatical, but we’ve been practical - no Cheetos or Oreos, always vegetables with lunch and dinner, avoid fast food etc. So based on our decent eating along with semi-regular exercise, our weight and physical shape has remained somewhat constant. But now that we have reached the “other side of the hill,” what was once constant, is not so anymore.
The Ah-Ha moment
We were on a vacation cruise and attended a seminar (believe it or not, cruises have more to offer than endless buffets and gambling) on how to boost your metabolism. We learned about the importance of the colon and your entire digestive system and how many things we put into our body that harm us; it was overwhelming! Our Ah-Ha moment came when they simply asked what does a baby do? They eat, and then they poop. We have clogged up our systems with what we have ingested, that foods are sticking in our bodies when they shouldn’t and not flushing through efficiently.
We Don’t Diet
Most people perceive the word diet as a verb. According to dictionary.com the definition is: (v.) To eat and drink according to a regulated system, especially so as to lose weight. The problem with this is that it is temporary. Once you complete the goal of losing weight, the diet ceases – and we all know what happens next: the weight comes back on. We prefer to see the word diet as a noun, again dictionary.com: (n.) The usual food and drink of a person or animal.The seminar provided a great new way to eat that was easy to follow and could be our diet for the rest of our lives.
Who is Dr. Sears
Dr. Sears has become the expert on cellular inflammation, he thoroughly explains it in his book, “Enter the Zone: A Dietary Road Map.” He writes, in great detail the harms of cellular inflammation and provides solutions on how to reverse it. To sum it up, cellular inflammation is what makes us gain weight, accelerate the development of chronic disease, and decrease our physical performance. If the levels of cellular inflammation remain elevated, it can become a silent killer.There is no drug that can reverse cellular inflammation. If you want to retake control of life, your first step must be the reduction of cellular inflammation.
Why We Gain Weight
Increased cellular inflammation can turn your fat cells into a “fat trap” especially if you are genetically predisposed. Once this happens, the dietary calories get trapped in your fat cells and can’t be released to make the energy you need to survive and move around. As a result you are constantly hungry. Once you begin to reverse cellular inflammation, the “fat trap” is relaxed, and you stop the hunger. If you are never hungry, then cutting back on calories is easy.
The Solution: Zone Eating
The Zone Diet is clinically proven to reverse cellular inflammation. The dietary program is conceptually simple. Simply divide your plate at every meal into three equal sections.
One-third of the plate will consist of a low-fat protein that is no bigger than the palm of your hand. Then fill the other two-thirds of the plate with colorful carbohydrates (vegetables and fruits). Finally add a dash (that’s a small amount) of fat that is low in omega-6 and saturated fats such as olive oil.Simple in concept, but often difficult because you will have to avoid many of the “starchy carbs” that people love to eat (bread, pizza, pasta, potatoes, and rice). In addition, you have to maintain the appropriate balance of protein, carbohydrate and fat at every meal to maintain the hormonal balance to reduce cellular inflammation.
We have been eating this way faithfully, for almost a year, combined with an exercise routine. It took about 60 days to see the difference, although we felt the difference within a week. Our “other side of the hill” bodies have disappeared and we feel better because of it. Not quite functioning like a baby, but much more regular and healthy.
Until next time…
Scott & Heidi