• As I embark on my One Year Health Challenge, I have decided not to use a special diet to reduce my weight.

    Nope…I’m not doing South Beach, Dr. Atkins, Paleo, D.A.S.H., Low-Fat, Low Glycemic, High Protein…none of those.

    I confess that I did peruse the Eat to Live food plan, but decided against it. I have nothing against the plan. I am simply tired of trying to follow instructions and decipher other people’s regimens.

    I’ve tried all those diets. Every. Single. One. I also tried fasting, Weight Watchers, NutriSystem, and the 17 Day diet. I have eaten grapefruits by the dozen, forced myself to eat cabbage soup three times a day, and swilled apple cider vinegar.
    Even with all that effort, I’m still fat.

    To accomplish good results on my lab reports, I have to make a lifestyle change. The change has to be something I can actually accomplish. I know I’m not going to become a vegan or never eat Blue Belle Homemade Vanilla ice cream again.
    To make a lifestyle change, I have to use some common sense. I have to look at my life and determine how I like to live it. I like to eat well. I like to eat what I like.

    Fortunately, I like a variety of foods, including fruits and vegetables.

    I am making my own eating plan and calling it Peggy’s Common Sense Diet. I’m emphasizing Common Sense and de-emphasizing Diet. I am fortunate that I attended a small high school and was forced to participate in four years of home economics classes. I learned a lot about good nutrition there. That knowledge served me well when I was raising my family. It can serve me well again.

    I believe I gleaned enough knowledge from all the diet advice I have digested to make my own decisions about what I can and cannot eat. Unlike so many other diets,  My Can Eat  list is much longer than the Can’t Eat list.

    My own common sense list is comprised of two servings from the starch group, two servings from the protein group, two servings from the dairy group, three servings from the fats group and five servings from the fruit and vegetable group.

    I have a small income, so I have a small food budget. I can’t afford specialty foods like steel cut oatmeal, so I’ll stick with good ol’ Quaker Oats. I’m not buying kefir when plain, unsweetened yogurt serves the same purpose. In my opinion, overly hyped “Super Foods” are ridiculous. I’m sick of hearing about the newest miracle foods.

    While common sense and a limited budget mean no specialty foods, it also means real food and no pre-prepared food. For a fraction of the cost of the available preservative-laden frozen pastas, I can prepare my own angel hair spaghetti with olive oil, garlic, and olives, lemon zest, and capers.  I can also control the amount of sodium used to prepare the dish.

    I will be dining at home a lot more. No more drive-through dining for me. That’s where the lifestyle change comes in. My friends at the Taco Casa carry-out window are going to miss me. I will likely miss them more.

     

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    Article by: Peggy Browning

    Peggy Browning is a freelance writer and author. Peggy is the author of The View Through My Rose-Colored Bifocals, Square Peg's Words of Wisdom, and Heart & Soul Food: Tales of Food, Friends, and Family. Peggy's first novel is The Big 5-0. The Big 5-0 is the first book in the Adventures of Matilda Mason series, which follows the age 50+ heroine as she makes her way to being an investigative journalist...solving crimes as she goes and grows. The second book of the series, Waltzing Matilda, will be released August 1, 2015. All Peggy's books are available at amazon.com. Follow Peggy on her blog, Peg's Wonderful World, at http://peggybrowning.com.

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    1. vito@beapartof.com' zestnow says:

      POSTED NOVEMBER 10, 2014
      Sounds easy enough …..with a little encouragement. Bye-bye Sonic.

      by CAROLYN
      POSTED NOVEMBER 10, 2014
      I absolutely agree with this idea. All those diets only serve one purpose: getting whoever started them a lot of money. Convincing us that we need to have this or that Super Food only serve for us to spend more money at the supermarket. Thank you so much for starting this trend. From now on, I am following this Common Sense idea. I wish you a lot of success, keep us posted!!!

      by MERCEDES