I've discovered that smiling makes my wrinkles look better. If you see me out and about, please remind me to smile. :)
A lot of the time I'm running on auto pilot with this maintenance thing. It is not good when I get bored because then I might do something stupid to spice it up. My mind might start to think about eating things that I shouldn't. I'm not a real fan of challenges despite the fact that I've tried two and they did help me. Right now I need something to make it more interesting and I'm thinking about a new exercise. I had the urge to try a hand stand the other day after reading Marion's blog. I still might try it if my daughter will help me without laughing hysterically. :(
I look around and see the weirdest things out there claiming to help us lose weight without even trying. Through the years I've seen a lot of products such as chromium picolinate, hoodia, yerba mate, raspberry ketones, and now green coffee bean extract. I see ads that say just sprinkle your food with this "stuff" and no worries my friend. Drink this weird stuff or take this supplement, and the pounds will melt away. Why do we believe that we can lose weight and get healthy without doing the work? These products must sell or they would not make them.
A few months ago I saw a lady making the rounds selling her book which was called The Virgin Diet. The title caught my eye, but then I learned her name was JJ Virgin so that made more sense. I've noticed that most diets seem to eliminate a food group. Well, she takes it to a whole new level and suggests we eliminate seven things for seven days and lose seven pounds.
Apparently, she's been around for 25 years in the health and fitness industry, and I remembered seeing her on those freaky eater shows where the person only ate one food like pizza or burgers or cheesy potatoes. She talks about food intolerance in the book (I have not read it) and says these foods are high FI and should be eliminated: gluten, soy, dairy, eggs, peanuts, corn, sugar and artificial sweeteners. Oh, she is also selling a shake on her website.
It would not be all that hard to eliminate those things in this day and age with all the gluten free products, but would it really help? I keep wondering if my eye problem is food related. If the new eye doctor I'm seeing in April is unable to help me, I may try going to an allergist. We'll see.