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Dressing While Dieting (and other great wardrobe tips)

Figuring out what to wear while you’re working your way to a skinnier you can be tricky.

As you are working your way to your goal weight, there’s not much point in buying many clothes apart from shoes that you need, and underwear. Maybe some accessories as a treat from time to time. 

If you’re losing a lot of weight, you may need to buy “interim clothes” for each season, but you should minimize your spending.

You don’t want to develop attachments to clothing – old or new. And you will want to save your money for later, when you are at your ideal weight.

Once you arrive at your ideal weight, clothes will look amazing on you, and it will be a pleasure to shop and dress yourself.

For many people the change may be uncomfortable or unsettling, as with other types of major life changes. Body image is hard to alter and very difficult to part with, even if that image is unattractive. Be aware of this, and plan to modify your wardrobe carefully along the way.

Try wearing more black or darker clothing, in simple tailored designs. It makes you look thinner and taller. Don’t wear striped, bright or tight clothing, wild designs or patterns, particularly if you are very overweight – they are not doing you any favors!

NEVER save “fat clothes” – clothes you save for when you gain more weight. Get rid of all of them, and plan to shed more of these as you start losing. “Dream clothes” – clothes that are too small for you – keep these in storage as you will fit into them again and can take a call as to whether they are flattering in a later review.

Ladies, box up any maternity clothes and put them in storage if you plan to have another baby. And if they weren’t really flattering the last time you wore them, treat them as other clothes that don’t work anymore. If you are unconcerned with cost, you can certainly get rid of all of them.

Whatever your weight, your wardrobe should always be organized.

You should only have accessible and in your reach, clothes, shoes and accessories that:

– Are appropriate for the season
– Fit you well
– Are relevant to contemporary fashion

This ensures that there is no clutter in your closet, you can see and reach everything easily, and everything actually works as a piece of clothing. Anything else – store it or give it AWAY.

You want your wardrobe to work for you, not for you to work for your wardrobe, constantly shuffling through heaps of irrelevant clothes to find the things you want. Limit your choices to only what is relevant, and you can only look relevant!

If you don’t know what is relevant, it may be worth perusing some good fashion magazines and seeing what is what in your wardrobe. Even if you are planning some major changes, the only thing worse than an unflattering bit of clothing is actually knowing that it’s not flattering, and continuing to wear it. Just say no, and set it aside.

Fashion is mystery to many people, but don’t worry, it will come with a bit of study. But you’ll need to put the effort in – everyone has to. You certainly don’t have to be a slave to fashion, but you don’t want to look outdated or ridiculous.

Plan to do a seasonal (i.e. 4x a year or every 3 months) clear-out and wardrobe review. If you don’t have a lot of room you can store things you are not wearing into empty suitcases. If you travel, what’s in it goes on the bed and back in when you return. Store out of season shoes in the attic or on the highest shelves that are out of the way.

Organizing should not take a long time – maybe longer the first time or if you’ve not done it before. Get each piece of clothing and try it on in front of a full length mirror. Ask a fashionable friend or relative to help you. Even a partner will do. Or even better, a fashionable teenager – they are very likely to tell you the truth!

Make sure you give yourself the time to do it properly and also consider your shoes, jewelry and accessories.

If you have trouble throwing things away or giving to charity, ask your friend, partner or brutal teenager to be ruthless with you. Does it fit well? Is it appropriate for the season? Is it relevant? Be honest with yourself. Create a bag for charity and a bag for the attic. Anything in doubt – just store it away for now. In 3 months you can review it all again.

So, here’s your review step by step:

1. Set aside at least one hour, two hours if you can
2. Ask a fashionable friend, partner, or young adult to help you
3. Find a place to put clothes you are not wearing
4. Have several bags and boxes at hand, some for storage, some for charity
5. Arrange a full-length mirror and comfortable dressing area with good lighting
6. Sort immediately anything out of season, out of fashion, or definitely not your size
7. Go through each remaining piece and be brutally honest with yourself
8. Fold clothes you are not wearing and store away
9. Get any washing, dry-cleaning, or repairs of current clothes done quickly
10. Put your next review in your calendar

Love to you all!
La Libertini

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More Skinny Weight Loss Techniques

Hmm…. If you’re trying to lose weight, read my 10 Skinny Techniques.  And here’s another one. 

Change your space!

Move your furniture around.  And doing a clear-out and clean-up.  Getting in control of your space will give your body and mind the signals it needs to help change other habits. 

Here are 10 steps to clearing the clutter and re-inventing your space:

  1. Give yourself time and space – a whole day or weekend.
  2. Un-plug your television and put on some inspirational music.  Nothing sad!
  3. Go from room to room with a large trash bag or bin and throw away ANYTHING you possibly can.
  4. Start with your living room.  Move the couch, chairs, TV, end tables, coffee tables so that the room is changed.
  5. Ditto the bedroom.
  6. Ditto the kitchen, don’t forget to read this post on good kitchens.  Clear out ALL the junk.
  7. Ditto the bathroom, try making it a sanctuary if you can, and plan to have more hot baths with candles and oils.
  8. Thoroughy clean all rooms as you go along.
  9. Try and bring as much natural light into your space as you can. 
  10. Make a list of things you would like to do with your space, and plan on doing them.

Love to you all!
La Libertini

10 Skinny Techniques

Here are 10 skinny techniques that WORK. And not only do they work to help you lose weight, they are HEALTHY also. So if you are suffering from some preventable disease, they will help you out too.

1. Stop eating “diet foods”. NEVER eat pre-packaged meal plans or diet program foods. These serve to unfamiliarize you with real food, and you never learn good habits. Don’t fall victim to these horrendous scams. Eat real food.
Here is a GREAT shopping list.
Here are foods you should avoid.  And why.

2. Don’t eat breakfast the moment you wake up. Wait until you are hungry.

3. Eat carbs – in the morning. Have cereal or oatmeal with skim milk, fruit and a 4 seed mix.

4. When you are hungry, reach for a piece of fruit. Apples, plums, strawberries, melons, oranges, whatever, but no bananas for women.  Men can have bananas.

5. Have a good lunch – try a Superfood Salad or sushi. If you don’t have a decent lunch, you will screw up your whole day!

6. Don’t skip meals, just eat small portions.

7. Try and do some exercise every day for 30 minutes. Even a brisk walk is good, but I advocate an aerobics class or run for those who are more inclined. Drink a cup of coffee before your workout. Allegedly it is best to work out in the am before eating, and having coffee helps you work harder. But an evening workout is fantastic too!  (Works for me!)

8. Dinner – eat fish and vegetables. Try my Fish Pho. Experiment with variations. NEVER eat dinner and go straight to bed. Allow at least 3 hours before you retire. And NEVER eat rice or pasta for or with dinner. Carbs after 6pm make it very hard to lose weight.

9. Sleep well. Sleep is critical for metabolism and ensure you are hydrated before you sleep – green tea or water is good.

10. Everyone has to work at being skinny – there are no miracles! So stick with it, each day, every day. If you fall off the wagon, get right back on! But aim to not fall off, aim to stay on!

Love to you all!
La Libertini

Monday – No Potato Day

White potatoes are among the foods that everyone could do with in strict moderation.

Why?

Mostly because they serve to limit the imagination.  Instead of eating more vegetables or experimenting with wild rices and grains, people consume white potatoes.

Baked potatoes, new potatoes, mashed potatoes, crushed potatoes, roasted potatoes, French fries, crisps, chips – every time a white potato is eaten, a chance has been missed to have a much better vegetable or grain, and a chance is missed to inject variety and color also.

This humble potato should be humble – it is a starchy crutch food that in particular when paired with meat or chicken, creates a very heavy meal.

In this day and age there is so much variety and so many other choices, that we have come to rely on potatoes in an unhealthy way – they are a crutch food.  Why not try something different!

If you eat meat, there is nothing more gorgeous in summertime than pairing your meat with a cold salad or watercress with a fantastic mustard vinaigrette.

Free yourself with:
Sweet potatoes (no sugars or syrups added please)
Wild rice
Red Camargue rice
Oat groats
Spelt
Pearl Barley

Kale
Collard Greens
Mustard Greens
Watercress
Bok Choy
Tomato and onion salad
Fennel salad

When you stop eating potatoes, you discover there is so much more out there!  And… curiously you will find that they don’t taste as good as before.

If you can comfortably find potato substitutes, why not extend your ‘no potato day’ to last a whole week long?

Here is a shopping list that includes, amongst other things, a list of great foods you can fill your kitchen with, instead of potatoes.

Love to you all!
La Libertini

Your Weight Loss Kitchen

A Better Kitchen

I think kitchens are best when they are simple.  Also when they are free and clear of all processed foods and junk. 

I have provided you with a shopping list.  In addition to shopping you will need to clear out all the bad food from your pantry, cupboards, closets, refrigerator and freezer

When you get rid of all the bad food, look also at the other “noise” in your kitchen, from appliances, to rubbish foodstuffs.  It should be enough for us to enjoy just a few simple things.  

My personal bug-bears are needless and largely unused appliances, which will eventually be buried in a landfill, or picked apart by some poor Third World child for the metal or other content. 

Among them are microwaves, and coffee makers that use a pod to make a cup of coffee

How is it at all environmentally responsible to use anything other than a simple cafetiere to make quality coffee?  More waste, more metal, more packaging, more junk!! 

Microwaves are also something that you should not need.  What are you cooking in there?  Chances are it is processed or pre-prepared food.  Lose it. 

The only thing you need in your kitchen are:

  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Tea kettle
  • Toaster
  • MagiMix / RoboCoup Food Processor (optional nice to have)
  • Quality wood cutting board(s)
  • 2 or 3 good knives
  • Vegetable peeler / scrubber
  • Knife sharpener
  • Pressure cooker (optional nice to have)
  • Cafetiere or your existing filter coffee maker
  • Stainless steel pots and pans
  • Iron skillet(s)
  • Wooden spoons
  • Ceramic baking dishes
  • Ceramic serving dishes
  • Plates
  • Cutlery
  • Chop sticks (optional nice to have)

Blenders rarely get used, but if you are using them to make quality vegetable juices or veg/fruit combos for refreshes, super – keep it.  At least the blender can do more than one thing!

Please do not cook with aluminum, and also avoid ‘non-natural’ cooking implements like plastic or Teflon.    

If you know that you will still need to cook for or eat with family who are not trying to lose weight, you will need to have a will of steel.  

I suggest separating your foodstuffs for the moment, and know that eventually your new way will be understood, or even adopted amongst children, spouses or partners. 

I do not condone separate eating or separate kitchens.  In fact, I believe that it is best that families eat together whenever possible, and at least once on the weekend for a family meal, preferably on Sunday. 

Even if you can’t for the moment, your objective must be to eventually live in a home that is completely free of bad food and bad ingredients, and brimming over with healthy grains, pulses and legumes, fruits, vegetables and organic lean meats and fish! 

Once you have this knowledge, and in particular when people see your results, you will find it easier to persuade others. 

Love to you all!
La Libertini

Quick – Print Now! The Shopping List to Save Your Life!

Here is your shopping list.  Please buy the highest quality, in season, organic foods wherever possible.

Carrots
Peppers
Celery
Onion
Vine tomatoes
Broccoli
Beetroot
Turnips
Cucumbers
Rocket
Watercress
Greens – 3 types – Kale / Collard Greens / Chard / Bok Choy
Pumpkin / squash / gourds
Green beans
Sweet potato
Courgette / Zucchini
Coriander
Parsley
Garlic
Fresh chili peppers
3-4 Lemons
2-3 Limes
Corn if in season
Edamame
Low sodium V8

Indigenous in-season fruits – apples, peaches, pears, plums, etc.
Blueberries
Strawberries
Raisins / Sultanas
Grapes
Melons – honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon

Prunes
Dried Apricots

Unsweetened coconut juice

Crab sticks / kamabako “surimi”
Dolphin friendly tuna in spring water
2-3 varieties white fish
Shrimp
Octopus  / squid / scungilli
Mackerel (smoked or fresh)
Sardines (fresh or canned)
One whole fish if desired

One whole organic chicken

Wholemeal or Gluten-Free Bread
Brown rice
Pearl barley
Red Camargue rice
Wild rice
Barley
Spelt
Oat groats
Mung bean or rice vermicelli (Asian glass noodles)

Unsweetened soy milk, rice milk, oat milk

Skim / fat free dairy milk
Eggs
Non-fat PLAIN yogurt

Bran flakes
Spelt flakes or
Gluten-free flakes

Porridge oats / uncooked oatmeal with NO additives

4-seed mix (sunflower / pumpkin / flax / hemp / linseed, etc.)

Extra virgin olive oil
Organic honey
Sea salt
Fresh black pepper
Tamari soy sauce
Brown rice vinegar
Roasted / toasted sesame seeds
Balsamic vinegar

Chicken stock cube – organic, low sodium
Dijon or other French style mustard

Tea bags – Green, Jasmine Green, Rooibos (Red Bush), Peppermint
Coffee (not instant)

Barley miso
Brown rice miso
Tofu (Nigari)

Dried or canned chick peas, kidney beans, lentils, cannellini beans, flageolet, borlotti
Canned plum tomatoes

Nothing Tastes as Good as Skinny Feels

Hmmm…

I heard a certain supermodel got into trouble for saying this.  But is it true?  I think so. Obviously it depends on how skinny you are talking.  Optimum weight?  Sure. Anorexic?  Uh, no.  (Women your BMI should be anywhere from 19-24, anything else is under or overweight.)

But back to what this actually means:  No food is worth sacrificing your health for.  No birthday cake, no sneaky ice cream or chocolate, no leftover pizza, no second helping of takeaway, no buckets of fried chicken, no late night snacking.

It is, quite simply, better to aspire and to be and to remain – thin, than to cave into your desire for bad foods.

And bad foods are not only the way to gain weight – there are lots of people eating really great organic, healthy foods who simply eat too much.  They too, just wind up carrying around a lot of excess junk in the trunk.

Am I promoting abstinence from pleasure?  Well, that depends on what you call pleasure.

I consider it a pleasure to dress myself easily.

I consider it a pleasure to have more energy.

A pleasure to look forward to exercise.

A pleasure not to have high blood pressure, or diabetes.

I consider it a pleasure not to be squashed in Economy, or squash others.

A pleasure not to have a fear of being naked in the gym locker room.

Mostly, a pleasure of not thinking about my body at all really!

You can be free.  Just remember that nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.

Love to you all!!
La Libertini