The Schizophrenic Diet
I have tried sssooo many diets sometimes my head spins. Low calorie diets, the hot dog and boiled egg diet, the belly fat diet… you name it and I have tried it.
So, I finally found a diet that works - or so I thought. I tried one of the popular no-carb, low-carb options, and lost 33 pounds. I was so very proud of myself. When I went to the doctor I bragged about it, until my blood work came back. Seems I lost 33 pounds, and gained 40 points on my bad cholesterol! How could this happen? I was eating healthier than I have in years, and the scale proves it. I cried. Then I called the doctor and cried again. "Now Lori," she said, "it could be genetic." Even that didn't comfort me much. My cholesterol is still high, and I now have to change my diet, yet again, from something that works to something unknown. I am Lutheran. We don't like the unknown. We tell God that all the time.
Low fat was recommended. After a consultation with a dietician, I was armed with the information that I needed to cut the fat from my diet. So, being a bookkeeper, I did the only thing that I know how to do - I made a spreadsheet. I have columns for carbohydrates (out of habit), calories, fat, and one to automatically calculate the percentage of fat from calories, then subtract my exercise for the day, leaving me with a net calorie total at the end of the day. Once I set it up, I never have to think about it again. I also made macros for the food counts of my favorite foods. Now all I have to do is enter things like:
½ chicken breast
2 tsp ketchup, etc.
and the spreadsheet does the rest. I'm still not happy about it, but am willing to give it a try for my health.
Now I know my body is a temple, and that we are to avoid things that will hurt us (I put blood tests in this category). I wonder what Biblical times people did to lose weight. The federal government says that low fat is the best. What does the Bible say. Then I found it:
'But Abel brought the fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering."
We are supposed to give the fat to God, and He is happy. This is mentioned multiple times in the old testament. We are not to eat the fat, but save it for our offerings. Could it be that the federal government is right, and that fat free is the best way to go? I don't know if I will go that far, but I am willing to try it and see what works.
Psalm 23:6 "...my cup overflows."
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Bionote: Lori is the author of three business books, numerous church skits, and several articles. She lives in Sacramento with her two children, two dogs, and cat. She loves to hear from her readers, so please email your thoughts and questions.