I lost about 5 to 7 lbs and approximately 3 inches on my waist. But the IMPORTANT thing let me tell you: I have changed!
I am a 31 old woman; mother of two and breastfeeding my 4 month old baby boy. When I received that email from Doctor H. I knew I was ready to try something new to improve my health. See, I had a BMI of 35, I was 234 pounds and my waist could have its own orbit so round and big it was.
The thought of being in an international program (I’m Brazilian, I live in South America) was exciting for me. Not another fad diet, not another quick fix. This time it was an experience much bigger, with a real doctor… A research of which I had the honor to be part of.
I started the program thinking it would be hard but I’d get through eventually. The very first week I was like “God help me, I can’t make it!”. By the second week, all I could think about was “okay, focus, you CAN’T eat this, you CAN’T eat that!”.
I used to read in our Facebook community about people losing inches (even since the prep phase), losing weight and I was VERY disappointed. I honestly thought when I read the book that I’d lose at least 30 pounds. The other thing that bothered me a lot was reading how they were doing great; they weren’t feeling deprived, blablabla… And all I could think of was that I wasn’t only depriving myself, I was a SACRIFICE! And then that’s where the magic started.
By the third week I could only focus on what I was doing. No time to think about what I couldn’t eat. And shopping was like a mission. Eating was about NUTRITION. I felt great. Every survey each week all I could say was: “I feel the same like last week. It’s been a breeze”. And it was! I felt powerful to be making such great choices, eating all those powerful foods and taking my supplements.
My 4 year old daughter, who never eats unless it was junk, was picking lettuce from my plate and eating, asking for celery and carrots… That made me so happy and so self aware of how I was allowing my own little child to get all that trash into her system. My husband is the one who brings all the bad food into the house but now, I don’t just say “I’m not gonna eat it cause I can’t”. I turn the bottle or the package and say to myself: “I would have to be crazy to put 15 grams of sugar in my body just like that” or “oh my God, why does this thing have so much sodium??”
I have learned to read labels and I know now why I shouldn’t have these things. I am packed with this information and I am using it of life. I never had diabetes or any obesity related disease. Also, I haven’t lost much. I lost about 5 to 7 lbs and approximately 3 inches on my waist. But the IMPORTANT thing let me tell you: I have changed!
It will take me longer but I won’t give up and I’ll do it right. I love how doctor H has shared so many information in this book in such a easy, straight forward way. I now look for fruits and veggies that are good for my skin, what is good for my hair, what I can eat to improve my bowel movements… Food as medicine.