Minnesota – Wisconsin Ride

Just visited our daughter in farm country, Minnesota.  What a treat to take a road trip from there into Wisconsin,to Madison (dipping into Illinois and Iowa) and strings of fascinating small towns, some of which are shabby shells of their former glory.  Other towns were obviously working their way through renewal projects, breathing life and fun back into their once bustling hubs.  It was all fascinating to a west-coaster less accustomed to whole towns of historic value!

My daughter was raised in British Columbia, Canada, but her ancestors were from various northeastern states and then the midwest as they migrated westward.

Having clues in hand of dates and cemeteries, we had the greatest road trip just going to the places they lived and worked in, and were laid to rest.  It was so great that next year, we’re hoping to take on the Kansas, Missouri area – then maybe Texas the year after?

Finding pieces to the puzzle of the lives of ancestors is a challenge, but when they start to create the picture, the timeline, it can be extremely humbling.  I thought we had busy lives, but when I’ve looked at what many of my ancestors have done, it’s almost embarrassing how wimpy we are.

On top of the fact that most of us don’t work very strenuously, we also eat the most ridiculous amount of food!

We’d stop along the way to eat, and, oh (!) the menus … YUK!  Carbs and fats loaded upon carbs and fats!  It’s really hard to find a breakfast offering that doesn’t combine hash browns and bread or pancakes, but with a some amount of self control, there actually is usually a choice or two.

Staying healthy while travelling demands that a person go to the “clean” foods – an omelette with vegetables, no hash browns, rye toast if you must, cottage cheese if you like.

For lunch, salads, salads, salads – Chef’s Salads with greens, boiled eggs, strips of meats and bits of cheese for example – extremely filling – I could live on these!  Airports have many of these available, and most fast food restaurants have a small selection that could save you from the double cheese and bacon burger.

If we worked as hard as our ancestors, we might have a chance to burn a few of these calories off, but these days it’s pretty difficult.

One way to restrain yourself from overeating in a restaurant is to have one of our protein-shakes before going out – it’s amazing how well that works!  Then try to keep from having a sugary drink, which will prevent that bloated feeling afterwards … order water with lemon, or hot water with lemon – this works great and is free, so take about two dollars per person off the final bill (plus tax).

Adapting from another weight loss program, I’ve tried to choose meals that have

  • proteins with vegetables only – leave the bread alone, and no potatoes, and
  • no fruit with the meal because that has too much sugar, like the bread and potatoes
After the meal, no matter how big the steak or how many vegetables, I don’t feel stuffed and uncomfortable.
I really like the concept of separating carbs from proteins, since the result has meant that I lost a size very quickly – it was just what I needed to add to my regular Herbalife nutritional program.
Obviously, it’s a digestive thing that perhaps has no scientific basis, but it’s worked for me and I think most women will know what I mean by that “uncomfortable feeling.”
I use the shakes as needed for appetite control, but if I wanted a bread, I just waited for it.  Really, I didn’t change the foods I ate – just watched when I ate them.  Funny thing was that after I waited for the carb, I was ready for another protein/veggie meal, so the carbs were put off again.  I also liked the idea of moving away from “instant gratification.”
So if you want to try it, it’s
  • proteins-fats (including the shakes) and vegetables or
  • vegetable and carbs
  • a fruit alone between meals
Just no proteins-fats and carbs together.
Try it for about four days and see if you don’t start to see it work.  Then hang on for the week … then longer depending on your goal.  I believe that the longer you do it, the more you’ll retrain your taste to dislike the carbs.  You can loosen up on this after you’ve maintained your goal for as long as it took to get to it.
For some reason, usually digestive issues, many of us need to separate the sugars from the fats-proteins.  I’m personally convinced that it will help prevent artery plaque buildup, to say nothing of colon problems related to undigested matter 10-50 pounds) in the system for way too long!!
So … eat … but eat smart and get your figure back!
Eat smart: Herbalife supplements three times a day, two to three shakes a day in addition to watching carb/sugar placement.
Go to www.betterheatlth.com for my supplements, that will also help you cut back on the quantity of food 🙂



About Margo

Margo Linder has over 24 years experience helping clients (http://betterhealth-fast.com) gain better health with her products. She is a busy mother of ten (19 - 39) and grandmother of seventeen, who enjoys reading, sewing painting and interior design. Margo writes as if passing on bits of information to her very large family of children, their spouses and grandchildren - and anyone else who might be listening. She will explore how small life changes (tweaks) will make a huge difference to enjoyment of life and general well-being. The World Health Organization defines health in terms of complete physical, social and mental/psychological well-being. So this is about the "whole" person. She emphasizes that she is not a health professional or scientist, but offers food-for-thought from life experience, her health business and their scientists, her own research and common sense.
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One Response to Minnesota – Wisconsin Ride

  1. Tia says:

    you are so right, Margo. It’s hard to be diligent, when out dining, and a salad costs more that those high cal fried options. Can we say “free” pop anyone? Really! I just spent $3/pop at a restaurant here in town. That’s sad!

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