Balancing Nature

by | Feb 1, 2022 | Health and Wellness

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A Blog by Gail Cushman

I’m on my annual January/February diet. The holidays take a toll on my body, and I always vow to lose weight, sometimes I do, other times, I don’t. This year is one of those border times, up, down, all around. In the past I have tried almost every diet known to mankind, from Weight Watchers (meh) to Code Red (that gallon of water might work for some, but I spent the majority of my Code Red days in the bathroom). Nutrisystem likes my money and promises a lot, but the pounds pop back on as soon as they cash my check.  Keto works well, but it takes a while to get in the mood to eat eggs, cheese, and meat without putting them between two slices of whole wheat bread. All of the diets say no alcohol, a non-motivator for me.

I ran across an article by someone who lives in NYC named Perri Ormont Blumberg who is dedicated to healthy living, and her ideas are another problem. She said, “No bacon, either hog or turkey.”  Really?  Bacon is one of God’s gifts to those of us who eat food. Perri has nearly 4000 followers and I wonder if they are A. Healthy B. Skinny or C. Happy. Bacon makes me happy and reasonable portions, without carbs, easily fits into a Keto diet. I don’t think eating all of one thing is a good way to live. She has other ideas, most of which I agree with, like not eating processed food, sugar, and potato chips, but I’m at odds with her over bacon.

The Balance of Nature people want me to take fruit and vegetable pills, which doesn’t appeal to me either. They look like powdered seaweed and beets. I eat a lot of salads, fewer fruits, because I didn’t have many as a child, despite living in Emmett, also known as the Valley of Plenty to us locals. I drink a lot of water, not the Code Red gallon, but perhaps a half gallon and I can live with that. I’m currently trending with a form of Keto, limiting carbs. I don’t crave bread or fruit, so that helps, but I feel like I’m overdosing on protein.

I checked further to see if Perri had other ideas for healthy weight loss and she suggested drinking more water. Check. Doing that. Her next idea baffles me because I have no idea what it is. “Practice ‘hara hachi bu.’” As a child I would have been slapped silly for using those words, but hopefully someone who reads this blog can define “h h b.” She next suggested breakfast, (check) using smaller plates (check), and eating fish (reluctantly because I like supporting the beef industry and nothing is better than a charbroiled steak with ketchup (just kidding).

For this year, I’m sticking to Keto and I’ve lost a few pounds, which I’ll find again this summer, but in the meantime I’m trying my best and I’m enjoying a couple strips of bacon for breakfast every day.

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