Today, I must begin with what I am grateful for. It is Gwyneth Paltrow. Yes, the pretentious princess of all things Goop-y is what I am grateful for. She allowed me to embrace my inner (and outer) pretention and will be my muse for this entry. It happened with just a short title – Conscious Uncoupling. Don’t get me wrong, I hate when a marriage ends, but who expects celebrity marriages to last and at ten years, Gwyneth and Chris Martin have practically been together forever. What better way to announce the demise of their union with those words – I could not have written it better myself. So today, I will be writing the entry with Paltrow poise. I am also writing it with a fake British accent in case you were wondering. I am listening to Shake Senora by Pitbull (I’m at the “My girl got a big old booty” part) – does that ruin my image? So catchy!
It is with a heart full of sadness that I have decided to separate from overly processed food. I have been working hard for well over a dozen years, some of it with Lean Cuisines, some of it separated from frozen entrees, to see what might have been possible for dinner, and I have come to the conclusion that while I love frozen food, and yes even some canned soups very much we will remain separate. I am, however, and always will be fond of Diet Coke, and in many ways other artificial sweetners (although I cannot separate from Splenda). I am an eater, foremost, of incredibly wonderful vegetables and fruit and I ask for time and space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time. I have always eaten Lean Cusine and Healthy Gourmet privately, and I hope that as I consciously uncouple from all things frozen or not in season, I will be able to continue in the same manner.
As a curator of Dr. Oz’s advice, I have chosen to reveal more of DASH to you, dear reader in the hopes that you too may learn the fabulosity that is eating all of the main food groups. As I scribed in my blog-eth, you eat from all of the main food groups for this plan of wonderous abandonment. The plan also is said to have many benefits including, “… preventing the onset of high blood pressure…reduces the occurence of heart attacks and strokes (by 18 and 24 percent respectively)…it reduces the risk of developing heart failure by 37 percent…it reduces the development of kidney stones by 45%…it reduces the risk of developing colon cancer by 20 percent…it reduces the risk of developing diabetes…it even helps people think more clearly (The DASH Diet for Weight Loss, pages 5-6). I am thinking much more clearly now, and have not had any of the fuzziness that I had on the Oz plan and another plus is that it reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
The basic premise of DASH is Hi-Lo-Slo: High volume, Low Calorie, Slow to Eat. Basically, healthy foods that are low in calories, yet with enough bulk to make you feel full and take you awhile to eat so that your fullness signal can be activated. I wrote more specifics in Tuesday’s blog, but eating fresh fruit and vegetables is important, as well as whole grains and other healthy carbohydrates. There is a lot of fibre in this diet, therefore you should satiate your thirst with a delightful glass of aqua (water). You should also not hoover your food. Oops – forgot my Goopiness for a minute! Eat slowly, chewing eat bite 35 times (ok just slow down). They also discuss CICO – calories in, calories out – this is how people gain, regulate or lose weight. Sound familiar? It’s because I was on a rant yesterday about how simple this all can be for the average person – there are always exceptions.
There is a lot of content in this book. Here is a link that explains the food plan very succinctly http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/dash-diet-explained. I’ll provide some more details over the weekend, but as always, kindly check with your health care practioner (Gwyneth speak for doctor) before trying any new eating plan.
Until later, I am Goopily Yours,