hey everyone, I'm new here and its really inspirational hearing all of your stories and seeing your tickers that are marking your progress. I have been overweight for as long as I can remember and I recently had thyroid cancer and basically I realized that I have to change my diet and the way I eat. My doctor expressed concern because I gained some weight and I was almost at 200 lbs (I'm about 5'5) and it really scared me because I just couldn't live with myself if I crossed that boundary.
Anyways, i was working at Barnes and Noble and came across a book called "Skinny B*tch" and I highly recommend it to everyone. Now, I must warn everyone, it uses offensive language to some people but the authors are hilarious and shed some new light on food.
Its also a book about going vegan: that is, no animal products whatsoever. They talk about how animals are treated and go into the ethical as well as health problems that arise by eating meat and dairy products.
I picked up the book without knowing this and never intended to go vegan (I'm not 100% btw, I still occasionally eat sushi and other seafood), but I've found that i feel a lot better when I am on-track (I've had a couple of slip-ups....dairy is dang difficult to give up!). It also talks about cutting sugar from your diet and using natural alternatives like agave nectar and not consuming sucralose.
The thing I like most about abstaining from animal products is that it makes you so much more aware of what you're eating, you plan your meals better and you learn how to cook some great meals. And honestly, the non-meat foods taste really good.
Anyways, I recommend this for people who want an absolutely serious and life-long commitment. If you choose to give up meat and dairy, after a certain time (I think its a few months) you won't be able to digest those foods. Just thought I'd share...