Everything Starts with a Plan
Updated: Aug 7, 2021
The saying “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail” resonates deeply with me because for a long time, I had various thoughts in mind for solving my weight issue, but no tangible plan that worked. Most of the things I was doing was to solve my problem temporarily not permanently. This time I decided to go about it differently. As I mentioned in my journey, I decided I needed to start with God at the head of the plan and work my way from there. This time the plan was going to work because he was at the top of my thought process.
The other day, I mentioned the importance of food substitutions not being looked at as deprivation. It’s true you can’t look at changing your food as depriving yourself. It’s a new day, and your positive attitude will help you in your process. In my process, I had to figure out how to eat. Sounds crazy, right? If you have been eating a certain way for many years, it’s not easy to admit that you don’t know how to eat. Here’s what I mean.
When I went to see the nutritionist, I learned that for me carbohydrates were big in my daily diet. There are simple “good” carbohydrates and complex “bad” carbohydrates. My consumption of carbs was way too much. I didn’t realize that I was sabotaging my diet daily.
In a day, I may have eaten more bad carbs than good. In fact, I know I did. Just for example, bad carbs are those that are easy to digest like soda and candy and they give you a blood sugar rush then you crash. The good carbs are those that take a little longer to digest like brown rice and whole wheat pasta (which I cannot have) just to give you an example.
There is a whole science called the glycemic load, which I will not get into here, but I found a great article that has detail about that. You can find it at this link: http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/101/nutrition-basics/good-carbs-bad-carbs.aspx.
So as I met with the nutritionist, she told me how I had to eat my carbs since some of my weight issue was probably related to overconsumption of them. For example, this is the type of meal I should have: 1 protein, 1 vegetable, 1 starch/carb. However, there is a trick to this. If I have a piece of chicken breast, I should have green beans and brown rice to go along with it, for example. What I was doing was having the chicken breast, rice, corn and a piece of bread. WRONG! Do you see how I sabotaged myself? The starch was way too much. The rice, corn and bread were causing disaster in my life. Yes, it was good, but the combination was all wrong. I learned from that mistake.
I thought it would be hard to make the change and that I would go into some sort of shock if I didn’t have my carbs, but God changed my way of thinking, and I don’t feel that way anymore. Since I made the change, I have been planning my daily meals by thinking about what I am going to eat and that is now second nature to me. It’s really not hard to do. If I can do it, anyone can. Remember, I was the carb queen! That part of my life is over. To God be the glory, great things he has done.
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God Bless You with Good Health and Wellness,
Antoinette Shar’ron Johnson
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