The reason why you will never see a calorie counter on my website.
You’re probably reading this, because you’ve been on a diet before, or maybe many diets. You lost a little weight but now you’re feeling down because after all your hard work and sacrifices, the weight has slowly crept back on, maybe with a little extra, am I close?
You see all these great recipes, yet you feel guilty trying them because you feel you should be sticking to zero oil, low fat products and produce that tastes like rabbit food.
Okay so I’m a Chef and not a nutritionist, I’m about good food, but throughout my career I have learnt a lot about nutrition. I’ve watched people’s habits and studied how others live in different countries. Why some people are healthier and live longer and some never diet, they eat rich food but don’t put on weight.
Is there a secret, a magic bullet to all this? If only! Please read on as this will change your life.
How many diet books are there on Amazon, I believe 80,000 plus! You could rebuild the Amazon forest on that paper alone, yet people are still getting fatter, why, how can that make sense?
Diets simply don’t work, or we would all be thin.
Firstly I will repeat I’m a Chef and not a nutritionist, so I advise you do your own research and speak to your medical practitioner before undergoing any diet change. But I’m also a living breathing example of why this works. It works for me and it can work for you.
I truly believe the following information will change your life.
This is free information and I’m not selling some dodgy program or asking you to subscribe to anything. I just want you to enjoy my recipes guilt free. All I ask in return is that you pass on this information to help others, to assist as many people as you can into living a healthier life.
A Lifestyle Change
Imagine if you never had to diet again, you could eat the foods you enjoy, all without effort?
Now you’re probably on a diet right now and scale checking twice a day with some success, but shortly after you will break the diet and end up putting on more weight.
If this is you, and you’ve been through it many times before, you’re not alone. If you’re dieting right now, then STOP right this very second. Forget dieting for the rest of your life, and stay off the scale, please!
If I can convince even one person in the world, then I have done my job, hopefully that person can then share this post and convince others.
“Dieting is a billion dollar industry that plays
with people’s emotions by giving them false hopes.”
Sure diets will make you lose weight, for a short time, it doesn’t last, but it comes at a cost, and that cost is dangerous to your health.
I know what you’re thinking, “yeah I have a friend that’s been dieting and now he or she looks great”.
Sure, if you’re on a no carb, lo fat diet, you will lose weight. If you eat bananas everyday you will lose weight. But again it’s at a cost and the cost is very expensive to your health. Fad diets are dangerous! If you see ads like “How to lose weight fat” or “Quickest way to lose weight” or “How to lose 10 pounds fast” then stay away!
Let me explain.
The human metabolism is a very complex system. If you starve your body from the regular nutrition, you create a myriad of other health issues. Usually insomnia, lack of energy, poor digestion, hormonal problems, added stress which creates poor thyroid function, sugar swings, high blood pressure, loss of muscle mass and many more symptoms.
But it gets worse…
Dieting actually slows down the rate that you burn calories. Again, more irony, you eat less calories to lose weight yet your body burns less calories to preserve it. You’re declaring a war against yourself and you will lose by gaining weight.
What happens when you have less energy? Your appetite increases. So you eat more. You lose muscle mass and you retain fat.
It’s a vicious circle, you eat less, you get food cravings, you lose control, you over eat and you gain weight. Then you start again, each time adding a little extra, conditioning your brain for weight gain.
Because you’ve starved your body, your body has a built in survival instinct that sends a message to your brain that there’s lack of nutrients and asks your brain to store as much energy ( energy is fat) as possible should it ever starve again.
Your body also sends another signal to your brain to lower the energy consumption so you can hold on to energy (fat) longer. So you then put on added weight and start to feel more tired. Your body increases the fat storage enzymes and decreases the fat burning enzyme. The body also lowers your temperature to lose less energy making you feel cold.
This vicious circle repeats itself over and over until you reprogram your survival instincts and can never lose weight permanently ever again. The brain has a built in thermostat to balance your energy levels. Each time that you diet, you reset the hunger thermostat to a higher fat level. Your brain has it’s own sense of what your weight should be. It’s usually around the 10 to 15 pounds or 4 to 7 kilos. After each diet, this level goes up, but it never comes down. Your brain reacts and believes that it’s been starved and no matter what weight or size you are, those extra pounds become the new normal balance for your brain.
This can all be tracked back to evolution. When food was scarce, we had to survive by conserving energy. When food was available again, we put the weight back on until the next shortage. Our brains are instinctively hard wired this way.
It gets worse if you’re young. If you have a young child and you starve them from proper nutrition, you are programming them to be obese for the rest of their lives. If you’re a teenager who’s dieting, you are also setting yourself a path to obesity. 80% of young girls in US have claimed to be on diets. Research has proven that girls who diet in their teenage years, are three times more likely to be overweight 5 years later and develop eating disorders. That is an alarming thought. Have I scared you enough about the “D” word yet? That is why your diet isn’t working and the reason why you will never see calorie counting on my site.
Okay so what’s the good news I hear you ask?
The good news is that if you follow the following steps, you can reprogram yourself to lose weight by resetting your thermostat. The not so good news, it can take several years to reset that thermostat, so don’t waste any more time and start today. But the fantastic news is that you never need to diet again and you can start enjoying your new lifestyle immediately.
Three things you must always remember to lose weight and be healthy.
1) Never eat anything that you don’t prepare or cook yourself. (see my recipes)
2) Stop eating as soon as you are content. Leave what’s in your plate, not easy at first but you will learn.
3) Only eat when you’re hungry. Never ever eat when you’re not hungry.
Let’s Delve into these three points:
Number one, only eat whole foods that you prepare yourself, that can be salads, fruits, steaks, roasts, it doesn’t matter. So long as the foods are not processed. Never buy prepared meals or anything processed. They are full of sugar, salts and additives that turn into toxins. Stay off any unnatural sugars!!! Cook or prepare all meals from scratch, don’t know how, check out some of my quick and easy recipes. Cooking is so much fun and it’s easy to learn.
Number two, Stop eating when your stomach says I’m content. Don’t listen to your brain that’s been brainwashed into wanting more. Truly listen to your body. Eat slowly and really think about how much you are consuming. The body is an amazing machine and requires very little energy to function very well for a long time. If you eat a pizza, maybe two slices are enough. Wait 15 minutes for your brain to register, and if you’re still hungry have a third slice. But don’t eat the whole thing. Keep the other half for the next day. Once you condition yourself to reducing your portion sizes, you’ll be amazed how little you actually need. You’ll be surprised how most meals will end up being two meals. The great news is that you’re no longer dieting and you can still eat anything you like.
Number three, Never starve yourself. You should never be hungry. If you’re body is craving for food, I mean really craving for food, not just snacking from bad habits. Then you must eat immediately. Don’t go to work without breakfast, don’t starve yourself thinking you’ll lose weight. The opposite will happen. Eat fruits and lots of vegetables.
Don’t be tempted by bottled juices you buy off the shelf, even juices marked 100% pure juice and no added sugar on the label can be as bad as soda drinks. They are packed with sugar and contain very little nutrients. Drink water, eat fresh whole fruits.
It’s so simple and makes so much sense yet everyone still looks for the magic bullet diet. This works for me, and look at the food I eat? But it’s all home made, I don’t drink soft drinks or bottled juices and I don’t buy processed foods. Eat when you’re hungry and don’t fear your appetite, you will be thinner for it. It’s OK to eat.
So stop dieting right now, exercise a little and enjoy life!
Please comment below or share with me your experiences with dieting.
November 27, 2016 @ 3:27 am
Couldn’t agree more! I have lost 25 lbs by doing just like you said… If we eat out I stick to salads and make sure getting good fats not the man made processed junk…glad to hear the free advice for all! I feel bad for those who are so morbidly obese in our society. Bad choices made for sure! Thanks for all the awesome recipes, they bless us all! So yummy 😍
November 27, 2016 @ 8:56 pm
So glad to hear it Janet, thanks for sharing and inspiring others. 🙂
October 7, 2017 @ 11:42 pm
Hi Janet! My name is Olivia Flora and I’ve been trying to get in contact with you about your instagram name “chooselife.” My brand is called choose life and I was hoping you could give me that instagram handle (I could compensate you if you want.) because it looks like your account is inactive. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org, let me know if you would be willing to help me out 🙂 thanks!
October 8, 2017 @ 12:37 am
Hi Janet, I don’t have or use the name “Chooselife”.
November 27, 2016 @ 6:52 pm
True, i have been on a diet for years and always gained weight.
November 27, 2016 @ 8:54 pm
You’re not alone Gerald, what people don’t realize is it takes years to put on the weight, therefore it also takes time to lose it. Any quick weight loss will will surely result in weight gain afterwards. A gradual healthy lifestyle change over a few years is the answer.
November 28, 2016 @ 3:51 am
“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants”
November 28, 2016 @ 5:00 am
Love your philosophy and your recipes. Have you posted this particular article on Facebook? If not, you should! It might educate a lot of people who are utilizing fad diets, I.e, jucing, low carb, low fat etc. to lose weight. I cook from scratch whenever I can, although it’s very difficult to know what has actually been added to grocery store items labelled “no additives”. And we wonder why the new generation is exhibiting signs of “syndromes” and allergies to things we took for granted in the past when people only had natural food at their disposal. Peanut allergies? So much of this. I wonder why!
December 5, 2016 @ 3:05 am
Thanks Sue, you are right, the majority of modern day allergies all relate back to the poisons we are forced to eat. The body is really good at self detoxing, a few toxins won’t hurt, and the more greens you eat, the more toxins you will flush out. I look at other people’s trolleys when I shop and I have to shake my head, it’s mainly full of toxic colorful boxes. Sadly people are brainwashed into thinking that’s the normal food to buy. The body can only handle so much before allergies start to develop. Let’s hope we can help spread the word as it’s really so simple.
December 19, 2016 @ 4:22 pm
I absolutely agree! I had to change my diet a few years ago due to an autoimmune disease and food allergies. My husband and I switched to whole foods. Lean means. Fruits and veggies. No sugar, preservatives, or anything prepared. (Due to my allergies, I also got rid of gluten, dairy and soy). WOW. We lost a ton of weight, feel great, and eat FABULOUS. You CAN find great recipes with a ton of flavor. The big key is: you need to prepare your food yourself from scratch. It does take a lot of time an energy, but then again, so does everything else. Not to fear though, the crockpot and made ahead freezer meals are life and time savers! I also love recipe30! (The chicken francaise is my FAVORITE! and every recipe off of here I’ve made, we’ve LOVED. ) I change things up a little to make them gluten free for me, but every recipe on here has been a HOME RUN! Thank you for your website!
January 9, 2017 @ 9:32 am
Glad to hear your story Mona, unfortunately most people are not educated in proper food nutrition, it’s not their fault as know one taught them, and they are passing the same bad habits to their kids. That’s why there are so many more allergies and other new concerning health issues which didn’t exist 40 years ago. I’m hoping I can help a little by encouraging more people to cook at home again and stop silly fad diets. Being organised by freezing your prepared meals as you do is a great way to save not only time but money too. You don’t need to cook every day to enjoy home cooked meals, organization goes a long way. Keep up the good work and keep sharing your story to encourage others.
May 28, 2017 @ 3:08 pm
Great site! Would you post some recipes to freeze and slow cooker also. I have one or two days to devote to prep and cooking so freezing and crockpot would be so helpful. Thanks
October 25, 2017 @ 5:06 pm
Hello! I just would like to give a huge thumbs up for the great info you have here on this post. I will be coming back to your blog for more soon.
November 8, 2017 @ 2:04 am
Cheers Carlos, appreciate it! Joel.