by Rainbow (這篇原文是英文，譯者賴宇凡)
Rainbow這輩子的第一件size 4 緊身褲
2015年八月，我在我朋友宇凡家留宿了幾天。我知道她寫了幾本有關體重和血糖的中文書。做為一個心理諮商師，我很好奇她對飲食與心理健康的研究。我開始問有關她的英文書的問題(Slow Calories and Fast Calories: Decoding Weight and Blood Sugar like never before)。我聽到了我從沒有聽到過的訊息。我從沒想過食物裡的蛋白質、油脂、碳水化合物。我從不知油脂和蛋白質可以平衡血糖。我更不知道有些食物在我體內能化成那麼多糖!我開始了解，原來我的飲食，其實是不正確、不均衡的。我一直以為吃愈多的水果和蔬菜，就愈好。錯啦!!!
接下來的一年裡，我開始平衡自己曾經不斷震盪的血糖，我開始學習食物裡有多少天然糖份。我增加天然美好的油脂和蛋白質。我不再吃加工食品，因為我不知道它們裡面到底有什麼。我開始花大把的時間買菜。我從沒如此享受過下廚!我不再吃義大利麵，我開始享受找尋能夠代替麵和麵包這等本來讓我感到安慰的食物。結果另人驚訝!! 當大家問我我是怎麼減肥的，我都說，這不是減肥，這是一種生活型態的改變。我第一個發現的改變，是我的精神和情緒都變好了。這是我第一次在減肥的路上，不感到我在餓自己。可是，我的體重卻開始下降! 我整天都在享受美好的食物! 我每晚都烹煮美味可口的晚餐。我開始用節瓜薄條代替義大利麵，我以菜花泥做為Pizza的皮，我以菜花粒做為米飯。我不再不吃我所愛的食物，我只是以不同的方法去享受它們。我依舊吃我鍾愛的冰淇淋，我依舊喝我喜愛的葡萄酒，但是，我將他們代替了我所吃的馬鈴薯，且我都是在平衡餐間喝紅酒或平衡餐後吃甜點。
My whole life I’ve struggled with my weight. I would describe it as a roller coaster. No sooner did I lose weight I would quickly gain it back. My first big weight loss challenge came in my early 20s. I was heavier then I had ever been at 165 pounds on a 5’3 petite frame. I made a drastic life change and started working out 1-2 hours a day 5 days a week and limiting my calorie intake to no more than 1,200 calories per day. The results where phenomenal! In 3 months I lost 30 pounds and felt trim and toned but I was starving. I missed good food so much!
One thing you need to know about me is my love for food. I love to cook and try new foods. During my initial weight loss I missed enjoying food. Over the course of the next 5 years I continued to exercise but didn’t manage my calorie intake. Gradually I started to gain the weight back. In my late 20s my weight was back up to 160 pounds. I started to increase my workout regimen, 2+ hours per day. I saw the positive effects with 10 pound weight loss in about 1 month but that’s when I hit a plateau. I continued to work out regularly over the course of the next 3 years but saw no change. Not only did I not lose weight I started to gain weight. Maybe it was because I entered my 30s, maybe it was because I was gaining muscle, or maybe it was because I didn’t change what I was eating.
I became exhausted and discouraged. I was so tired of working out all the time and not seeing the effects. I was working long hours and my energy levels where low. I decided to give up! I stopped working out. Instead I started enjoying my family and friends and started cooking again. Of course I gained weight. Over the course of 3 years I put on 30 pounds. I was happy with my life but not my weight and at the top of my weight gain I was 175 pounds. I knew I needed to do something different but I didn’t want to go back to starving myself and having no time for me!
Then in August of 2015 I spent a couple days with my friend from grad school Sara Tang. I knew she had written a few books in Chinese about weight loss and blood sugar. As a counselor by profession I was interested in her research around mental health and diet. I started asking her questions about her book “Slow Calories vs. Fast Calories: Decoding Weight and Blood Sugar like never before”. I heard some things that I had never heard before. I had never thought of food by looking at the fat, protein or sugar grams. I had never heard that protein and fat balanced blood sugar. I never thought of how much sugar certain kinds of foods turned into in my body. I realized that the way I was eating wasn’t really the right way. I had always thought that the more fruit and veggies I ate the better I was eating. WRONG!!!
Over the course of the next year I started applying the concept of balancing my blood sugar by looking at the carb or sugar grams in the food I wanted to eat. I increased foods high in protein and natural fats. I stopped eating processed foods because I didn’t really know what was in them. I spent most of my time shopping around the outside of the grocery store. I enjoyed cooking like never before. I stopped eating pasta and instead started finding joy in creating alternatives to pasta, bread and other comfort foods that I love. And the results where amazing! When people ask me about what diet I’m trying I like to say it’s not a diet it’s a lifestyle change. The first thing I noticed with my lifestyle change was my increase in energy and improved mood. For the first time in my weight loss roller coaster journey I didn’t feel like I was starving myself. And I was losing weight! I ate great food all day every day! I cooked amazing yummy meals every night. I started making zucchini as the pasta in my lasagna and spaghetti, cauliflower crust pizzas, cauliflower rice, and spaghetti squash pasta primavera. I never stopped eating the food I loved I just changed how I was eating it. I still eat my favorite ice cream or have my favorite glass of wine but instead of having potatoes with dinner I eat a dinner high in protein and veggies then I can have my ice cream or wine right after.
It’s been a little over a year since I started this journey and I’m down 35 pounds. I’m lighter then I have been since I was a teenager. I feel amazing in every way! I eat incredible food every day. I’m more active than ever before but I don’t have the stress of going to the gym for hours every day. My weight loss journey has been gradual. I know exactly what I need to do to maintain. My life is forever changed because my friend Sara Tang took the opportunity to share with me her knowledge in a way that I could understand and appreciate. I am forever thankful for the gift of her friendship and love!