psyck0 wrote:The best things to stop eating are pop, juices and booze. All absolutely loaded with calories, with no fiber to fill you up either.
I drink soda and alcohol about once a month, and rarely drink juice (except for the occasional Naked Juice smoothie, which does have fiber).
psyck0 wrote:Healthy fats are fish, avacado, etc; meat fats are not quite as healthy but still just fine (bacon fats, for example are really fairly healthy, although they don't have the omega-3s of course). Saturated fats don't seem to be as bad as we once thought, but the trans are definitely bad.
I eat a lot of meat, as my cholesterol levels are too low. My body gets entirely out of whack if I don't eat a good amount of meat. I get most of my non-meat fat from olive oil, and I try to have one or two squares of dark chocolate a day.
psyck0 wrote:If you don't cook for yourself, start. Cook or prepare 90% of your meals from fresh ingredients. Also, record what you eat. You can count your calories if you want but you probably don't have to yet- just record what you eat and if you don't lose weight, cut out a little something until you start.
I do that. I'm a recovering bulimic with anorexic tendencies, so I'm not allowed to count calories. My eating schedule is still all screwed up : I eat mostly healthy foods, but I eat them in weird proportions at weird times.
psyck0 wrote:Oh, giving up white flour completely is unrealistic. I make my own whole-wheat bread and it is 50% white flour and still fairly dense. You pretty much need some white flour unless you want to eat a brick, because the whole grains don't have anywhere near as much gluten, which is what makes the bread able to support itself.
Yeah, but the gone white flour is just for Lent. I'm sensitive to gluten, but not sensitive enough to have a real problem. Just enough that it keeps me fat.
psyck0 wrote:Definitely don't fast. Fasts and cleanses are always terrible ideas period, full stop, exclamation mark.
This is a Lenten fast, which is different. Lenten fasts aren't about cleansing the body by not eating, but about focusing the body, mind, and soul by fasting from rich or unhealthy foods. Kind of like pre-Passover giving up of leavening. If I was going all out, I should be eating only fish, plain vegetables, occasional pieces of fruit, and plain brown bread.
Thank you for your advice
I'll use as much of it as I can.
Thank you also, matko5, but I figure I'll be best able to stick to the diet with the added motivator of Lent.