Meet Dee Dee!
Dee Dee is a very busy, wife, mother, an educational professional in her mid-50’s and very conscious of maintaining her good health. But it wasn’t always that way.
Here is her story:
“Three years ago, I totally re-vamped my diet. Upon my doctor’s recommendation, I chose the “gluten-free” lifestyle because I was chronically tired, mentally foggy and 30 pounds overweight. Nothing I was doing at the gym was helping. I was working out with a trainer, eating like a bird, and feeling miserable. I was incredibly frustrated on every level.
Gluten is a protein found in certain grains (wheat, barley, and rye). For 28 days, I removed the top 7 allergens from my diet (all forms of gluten, soy, dairy, eggs, corn, tree nuts/peanuts, sugar and artificial sweeteners). I lost 13 pounds the first month. I repeated the process for 4 more weeks and lost 9 more pounds with very little effort. After 3 years of struggling, I lost 22 pounds in 8 weeks.
Prior to this “dietary experiment,” I was suffering from numerous health issues including gas, bloating, fluid retention, unexplained weight gain, chronic fatigue and mental fog. This 8-week respite from foods known to cause allergic responses in some people gave my gut time to heal, the lining of my intestines time to calm down, and my brain an opportunity to re-boot. After the 8-weeks, I began to add 6 of the items back into my diet one at the time over a 3 day period. If my body reacted negatively in any way, I gave up that food item for good. I reacted severely to wheat gluten and egg, therefore, I eliminated those two items from my diet, and today, I choose not to eat them anymore. (I never eat artificial sweeteners of any kind. They destroy your metabolism and take more time to exit the body than natural sugar).
If you are interested in learning more about this process, visit www.jjvirgin.com or pick up her book “The Virgin Diet.” “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis was also very enlightening.”
- Eat all meals on a breakfast plate instead of a dinner plate. Although you are eating less, your plate will look full.
- Drink 16 ounces of water when your feet hit the floor in the morning. I add fresh lemon juice or 1 teaspoon of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar with “the mother” (probiotic strain) in it. This is a great way to detox and cleanse the body, and it boosts your metabolism first thing in the morning.
- Your plate should be divided into fourths. 1/2 of the plate should be leafy greens or non-starchy veggies, 1/4 should be starchy veggies or complex carbohydrates such as quinoa, brown rice, whole grains, etc. and the other 1/4 should be a lean protein of some kind.
- Remove everything that is white from your diet – white flour, white sugar, white rice, white potato, etc.
- Choose whole grains and raw foods whenever possible.
- Eliminate processed foods from your diet. Choose foods that are “as close to the way God intended them” for the most nutrient value and health benefits. Food is medicine. Use it to your advantage.
- Take a probiotic daily. 60% of your immune system is in your gut. If your gut is healthy, you will be healthy.
- Combination of cardio and resistance training works best. Minimum of 3 days per week for 1 hour or 5 days per week for 30-minutes.
- Interval training burns more calories than maintaining the same level for the duration of your workout. (3-5 minute warm-up; 2 minutes of high intensity such as running or walking at an incline on a treadmill followed by 3 minutes of recovery time such as walking at 3.5 mph on a flat treadmill at no incline; repeat for a 30-minute workout; 3 minute cool down).
- If you walk on a treadmill, warm-up for 5 minutes at 3.5 mph. Increase the incline 1 level every minute for 15 minutes then decrease the level one step every minute for 15 minutes. Cool down 2-3 minutes.
- Alternate cardio days with resistance training days. Do upper body strength training one day and lower body strength training the next. Include stretching to maintain your flexibility which prevents injury and helps with range of motion.
- Choose activities you enjoy doing – walking, biking, swimming, playing tennis or racquet ball, taking fitness classes, etc. If you enjoy it, you will be more likely to continue it.
Dee Dee is a very disciplined individual and when it comes to her healthy lifestyle, she is certainly quite a role model for the rest of us. I have gone out to lunch with her on many occasions, and Dee Dee maintains her healthy eating habits even while out to eat. She is quite specific when she orders and most restaurants will “tweak” some of the meal selections for her.
Thank you for stopping by for Dee Dee’s story on “A Healthier You – Food, Fun & Fitness!”
Now if I could just get Dee Dee to swing by and cook some meals for me… with all that extra time she has in her day (wink wink), I would be all set!
Until next time… stay tuned for some of Dee Dee’s recipes above featured soon!
Readers- Just a reminder that Miracle Mondays will feature a diverse array of stories from real women of all ages. This was Dee Dee’s story, and like the other women who have contributed to Miracle Mondays- this is her unique story.