I lost somewhat more than 100 lbs. in 2001 with the help of a weight loss clinic, doctors, nurses, dietitions, many hours of counseling, physical rehab. The first 50 lbs. came off with lots of exercise and food supplements. The next 50 with even more exercise along with the American Diabetes Association diet with my own twist: no flour, no added sugar. It looked a great deal like the South Beach diet, actually, except that I did count calories, every single one, and counted the minutes of exercise, too.
Kept that weight off for many years, but then life got more complicated, my health took a bit of a dive, and some of the weight has crept back on. My interest these days is in finding ways to remain interested in daily exercise. I also love reading the writings of public health school nutrition scholars who are trying to solve problems of food availability and obesity, food messages and food psychology. I am easily drawn into conversations about cultural norms, ideas of beauty, images of health, fattism, women and health messages, and children and good health.
I love to cook, strongly advocate home cooking for optimal nutrition, and love especially to find simple, inexpensive ways to make the 200-calorie, starch-free, sugar-free meals that are still the mainstay of my diet. I also love tea. And knitting. And when I’m not eating, trying to exercise, or sipping tea, I’m probably writing about sex after 40 for MiddlesexMD.