YOUR FOOD DOESN’T LOOK VERY APPEALING!

So commented a dear friend recently.

For me, some of the keys to losing weight have been:

  1. Regularizing meals – I eat the same breakfast 99% of days (oatmeal, protein powder, cinnamon, dried cherries, skim milk – see below).  I came to this by trial and error.  It works extremely well for me when I travel – I carry it with me.

    Broccoli and plain chicken breast from Whole Foods salad bar

  2. Avoiding added sugar/fat/salt.  Once I got used to this (2 weeks), I fully enjoyed my simple foods – steamed/nuked, with minimal added healthy oils.  Spices/mustard/hot sauce add taste.  Fruit tastes great by itself (fruit, rather than sorbet).
  3. Food is not a reward for me.  I try to find other ways to reward myself – a massage, say, rather than a meal out.

What has worked for you?

Travel pack of oatmeal, protein powder, cinnamon, dried cherries

Travel pack of oatmeal, protein powder, cinnamon, dried cherries

One bag of oatmeal, protein powder, cinnamon, dried cherries

One bag of oatmeal, protein powder, cinnamon, dried cherries

Powdered skim milk to add to oatmeal

Powdered skim milk to add to oatmeal

Adding hot water to oatmeal

Adding hot water to oatmeal

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.