However, because I gave my participants an over-view of what was to come, most of them cut out meat, and the others cut way back on meat for one week. The results were AMAZING to me. EVERY SINGLE PERSON lost weight...they lost between 3-11 pounds, in JUST ONE WEEK! What was really interesting to me was there is one person that has been a vegetarian for years, but just could not lose weight. She is heavier than she'd like to be, but thought she was eating a healthy diet. When she completely eliminated the artificial processed foods, (she ate veggie burgers found in the freezer section of the market, as well as other packaged vegetarian items), she lost 5 POUNDS...5 pounds....this is a women that couldn't lose 1 pound, let alone 5 pounds, for years!
People reported to me that they felt less bloated, aches and pains were improving, and one young person that has been battling severe gout had absolutely NO SYMPTOMS for that week. The diabetic participants reported a drop in their blood sugars....this is one week's results!!
This week's goal is to eliminate meat....that means beef, chicken, pork, and yes, fish. Anything with a face or a mother fits this category. I know fish isn't "meat", but fish has cholesterol just like beef, chicken, and pork....maybe a LITTLE less, but it's there. Now, I hear you saying what about the omega-3s in fish? Of course the "fish industry" people want us to believe fish is the BEST source for omega-3s.....that's a myth---flaxseed has more omega-3s than fish ever thought of having....but we don't have a "flaxseed industry" with millions of dollars behind them to get the word out. Plus, in flaxseed we don't get the added chemicals, mercury, antibiotics, and everything else that's injected into fish before it arrives at the seafood department in the market. The benefits of flaxseed, besides the omega-3s are fiber, they lower cholesterol, lower triglycerides, prevents constipation, helps with hot flashes, etc, etc, etc.
I gave my class the option of cutting way back on meat this week, or, for the people that are ready to jump right in, eliminating meat altogether. For some, this will be a little difficult, for others it may be easier. Just knowing that meat is responsible for:
- Heart disease, the #1 Killer in America
- Increased risk of cancers
- Increased risk of Alzheimer's Disease
- Increased risk of Parkinson's Disease
- Increased risk of strokes
- Raises cholesterol levels
- Full of saturated fat
- Full of cholesterol
- Full of antibiotics (that have been recently proven to flow through our bloodstream for days after eating meat)
- Full of hormones (causing early onset of puberty in our children--this alone is linked to various cancers)....
And the list goes on an on.
I can't wait to see the results we get next Wednesday. Oh, and most people had a baseline cholesterol done prior to starting this program...the people that didn't are having them done soon. We will be having another cholesterol test at the end of the program to see what strides were made in lowering our cholesterol levels.
I will be very interested to read everyone's food journals to see just how much meat they eliminated this week. And remember, they have already eliminated the artificial and processed foods...we are now adding beef, pork, poultry and fish to our list.
I am extremely PLEASED with the results, as are the participants. Just "feeling better" is extremely motivating, but when the number of the scale drops, (even though this is about HEALTHY EATING and not numbers), I don't care what your goals are, people are ELATED!
Because word travels fast, I do have others asking if they can join us....because I absolutely LOVE teaching people about nutrition and how it can CHANGE THEIR LIFE, I cannot say no...I do have new people joining us on Wednesday which will be our third meeting....if you would like to join us, let me know, it's FREE...we will be meeting at my office in Watervliet at 5:30...if possible, come a little earlier to be weighed in...I can bring you up to speed with the previous handouts. Please let me know in advance so I can arrange for seating.
If you want these types of results, come join us....I would LOVE to help you get there!!