Author: Jose G. Barr
Soon after Christmas I had a life changing revelation.I had to fly to Albuquerque on business and had to take 2 flights on regional jets. Now, for those of you that have not flown in one of these, they are the much smaller jets used to fly to smaller airports. Boy was that an adventure. Because of my weight, sitting comfortably was difficult. I sat in my hotel room that night and contemplated my day and realized that if I kept going this way I would not live to see my son graduate from school, let alone sit comfortably in a seat designed for someone much smaller than me.
So, While I was in Albuquerque, New Mexico I changed a few things around. I started to eat healthy meals and limit the quantities. What made it easy to get started was the people I was working with. They were all motivated and working for the same goal as me, to lose some weight and get healthy. I made some strides during my 6 weeks there, but the real weight loss occurred when I finally returned home. My doctor recommended a low carbohydrate diet instead of the traditional low calorie diet. I took to it like a fish to water, it was natural fit for me and what foods I enjoy.
One word of warning about starting this type of diet. Many of you will discover that, like me, you are addicted to sugar. The first week was the roughest for me. I had headaches and craved something sweet. I was literally detoxing from sugar. The headaches were my bodies way of telling me that I was missing something that it needed to operate. Soon though, my body adjusted to the foods I was eating and things got better. Ultimately, I stuck to the diet and, 6 months into it, I no longer crave sugar, breads or starches. Also, I am still consuming carbs, just a lot less than I used to eat on a daily basis. I get most of my carbs from health sources such as nuts and berries.
Until next time my friends, love your kids,
Cherish your family.