Posted August 8, 2012

I’m a mother of 4, 3 of whom will be homeschooled in the fall, and I’m like 50 pounds over weight. I don’t have a lot of time of my own but I would like to loose some weight. We hear about all of these pill remedies for loosing weight. But they probably do more harm than good, right? Does anyone know of any natural herbs or foods that are inexpensive and easy to get locally. I have always been overweight and had a really hard time taking it off. I would apreciate anyone with any harmless info.


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  1. Kait

    Fat does not make you fat. Carbs are stored as fat.

    White flour and white sugar are empty calories that suck your body of its nutrients. With America’s normal “low fat” diet of white flour and white sugar, we are both fat and malnourished. Diets don’t work because they send your already malnourished body into survival mode and tell it to prepare better for the next time of “starvation” by storing more fat than before. As soon as you go off the diet, your body stores even more fat to prepare for the next diet, so you gain more weight than before.

    If you want to be healthy, eat real food. Don’t buy boxed garbage; cook things yourself. Eat organic meat, eggs, butter, lard, raw dairy and veggies, with small amounts of fruit, sprouted grains and natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup. Don’t worry about the fat, especially animal fat. It has been consumed since creation and is good for you. Pile on the butter – yum! This diet will not make you super model thin, it will keep you at a normal, healthy weight. Organic real foods do cost more, but you will make up for it because you will be satisfied with way less. Plus you can grow real foods yourself if you want to – you can’t grow factory food.

    The only time I have seen someone eat this way and not lose weight was in someone who also had a severe yeast overgrowth in their gut. If a yeast overgrowth is severe, you might have to fix it before any weight will come off. Over and and over again, I am seeing people go down to a normal weight and maintain it without ever going hungry just by eating this way. This is no new fad, it is just going back to a more old fashioned diet. I think that real food tastes way better too, and people who normally eat junk rave about my cooking.

    Some good reading:

    Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
    Death by Supermarket by Nancy Deville

    # August 8, 2012

    • Beth

      Is unbleached flour considered white flour?

      # August 10, 2012

      • Sally-Ann

        Yes it is. We use the unbleached white flour. The bleached white flour is more highly processed, making it easier for our bodies to turn into sugar, resulting in weight-gain. You can use whole wheat flour and gluten-free flours if you’re interested in getting away from processed white flour, but these are processed, too, giving them a shelf life. You might try finding wheat berries and grinding them if you have a grinder. Also, soaking the flours makes it much easier to digest. All this information is in Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon that Kait told you about.


        # August 16, 2012

    • Beth

      What do you use in substitute for white sugar?

      # August 10, 2012

      • Bethany the Dreamer

        There are a lot of things you can use instead of white sugar- honey, stevia, cane sugar. They are more difficult to use (like, you probably wouldn’t use honey in cookies). Do some research. Another thing to think about- do you really need white sugar at all? It’s not a necessity. I’m sure if you just stop buying it, you’ll get creative about using other things, and your taste buds will adjust to less-sweet foods. Sugar is an addiction.

        # August 14, 2012

        • Kait

          In addition to what Bethany the Dreamer mentioned, maple syrup, dates and coconut palm sugar are good natural sweeteners. Agave nectar is becoming popular, but it is not so good. It is highly processed and not that much better than corn syrup.

          # August 15, 2012

        • Beth

          I don’t really use much white sugar just once in a great while, like Christmas cookies and maybe every other month I’ll make a batch of cookies. However we do occasionaly have a cake out of the box, which I am sure is not very good for us. My hubby likes to have cake here and there and I like to make him happy. So I’m looking for and alternative way to make an, at least less, unhealthy but still tasty occasional cake, and cookies. – And the less it cost the better!

          # August 16, 2012

          • Faith T.

            Homemade carrot cake, made with whole-grain flour is soooo yummy! Just skip the cream cheese frosting. You can also add nuts and raisins, and reduce the sugar a bit. We also love banana bread and zuccini bread.

            # September 1, 2012

        • Sally-Ann

          We have used honey in cookies and they turned out very well; on some. On others it hasn’t turned out quite as well! =)

          Another substitute for white sugar other than what Bethany the Dreamer suggested is Coconut Sugar. I am off sugar trying to kill candida, but my nutritionist suggested I use this. I still have to use it in moderation, but it is easily used a sugar and tastes, looks and smells a lot like brown sugar. I’ve been able to find it at Whole Foods. I don’t know where you’re located, or even if you have access to a Whole Foods, but I thought I’d suggest it anyway. =)
          I do hope we’re giving you some informative tips, Beth!
          Please let us know how you’re progressing!


          # August 16, 2012

          • Bethany the Dreamer

            Glad they turned out for you! Mine were more like sweetened biscuits. Bleh… I wonder if there is a board somewhere for “healthy desserts”- the things that actually work well, not the fails or “ideas”. I used to try and make everything healthy (i.e. wheat flour and no sugar) but people (well, mostly just one influential person) would complain about it. However, sometimes I was able to pull it off without anyone noticing.

            # September 4, 2012

        • Beth

          I want to make lemonaid. What could I add to water and lemon? Honey?

          # August 28, 2012

          • beth

            add stevia….its an herb and a natural sweetner

            # August 29, 2012

          • Sally-Ann

            Hi Beth,
            I have used honey for lemonade and loved it! But you have to back up on the honey in order for it not to be too sweet. Normally I do half as much honey as sugar. Also Stevia is a great sweetener. Pro: you can grow it yourself. We have a plant in our garden that has given us 2 good years. Con: it is a different taste that most people have to get used to. It is a heavy sweetener, which means it doesn’t take much for you to sweeten something. I’ve tried using it in baking, but haven’t had good results the few time I’ve done it; I like it in lemonade, though.

            I will be praying that God gives you strength and wisdom in this. Please continue the changes. You won’t regret it!


            # September 3, 2012

          • kelseymarie

            I LOVE lemonaid with honey in it!

            # May 2, 2013

  2. Sarah Beth

    I have several friends who have done a raw foods diet for a week or two. I do it sometimes too and it seems so nice to just rid your body of all the toxins and bad stuff in there.
    My older friend who is 45 does it once in a while and the weight stays off. I agree with Kait, stick to real food don’t eat packaged food from the store. It has been prossesed and gone through so much that alot of times it isn’t even real anymore! Also keep at it and don’t give up! Going on a mile long walk everyday really helps my mom and you would be surprised that it actually gives you more energy than taking away energy! 🙂

    # August 9, 2012

  3. Brenna

    I suggest you watch “Forks Over Knives.” It’s a new documentary that just came out last summer, I believe. It’s very well done, and has changed many lives. The website where you can get it, or read about it is:

    # August 9, 2012

    • Beth

      I borrowed it from the library, now all I have to do is watch it. Thanks, my internet is going off again tomorrow.

      # August 21, 2012

      • Beth

        My hubby and I watched the video together. He seems to be all for changing our diet. We are trying!

        # August 28, 2012

      • Beth

        I’m currious, if you were to avoid a certain food like milk for a long time could you develop an alergy to it?

        # August 30, 2012

  4. Sally-Ann

    Great advise, Kait! I totally agree! My family tries to stay away from the “Traditional American Diet” (yes, it’s hard). Look around! It’s killing us! People don’t realize it, but they’re slowly killing themselves! Because we grow our own meat, milk our own cows, we take for granted what we enjoy in life everyday. I know it isn’t eay; I also struggle with my weight. BTW, I am 17 and not married, but I’m “preparing” for the time that I may get married. And I want to be prepared to feed my family in a way that will make them healthy and prosperous.
    Here’s a website that has tons of great information about health and how to get you on the road to the real “traditional” diet!

    Great question and I hope this helps.

    # August 9, 2012

    • Katie

      Great website to recommend Kait and Sally-Ann!! We try to eat/live the Weston Price way, the way people used to eat. Definitely worth your time and lifestyle changes to look into this information.

      # August 10, 2012

  5. Beth

    Is there a website for finding local organic foods?

    # August 10, 2012

  6. refined

    Intermittent fasting has helped me.

    Here are two books that discuss options for this type of diet:
    Fast 5 Diet by Bert W. Herring
    Eat Stop Eat by Brad Pilon

    # August 13, 2012

  7. Beth

    One thing I remember someone saying once: If you can’t afford the organic diet just organic the top 3-5 most popular foods you eat. I know we go through a lot of meat, noodles, and milk. Even so that is a huge jump in our grocery bill – at least one third more.

    # August 16, 2012

  8. Beth

    I appreciate every one of your comments and all of your info!

    # August 16, 2012

  9. daddys girl

    Try Country Life, they have organic foods, you place your order over the phone and then they bring if from Michigan to you. Also, there is a website online My Fitness Pal that helps you count your calories and set goals…You can have friends on there and help keep you on track. My mom and i are kinda vegetarians. My dad and brother are meat eaters. We need a license plate that says “The House Diviided” LOL

    # August 31, 2012

  10. Faith T.

    Many places sell whole-grain flours and/or sprouted grain breads, if you aren’t quite ready to start sprouting and grinding for yourself. I’m really blessed to live near an organic grain mill that sells all kinds of lovely, fresh whole grains and flours.

    I am currently pregnant with my 7th baby, and was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I had to start eating all my carbs (i.e. grains, fruit & milk) in combination with protein, fat & fiber (i.e. meat, eggs, cheese, beans & veggies), as this slows down the carbs’ entry into the bloodstream, thus preventing blood sugar highs and lows. I also have to eat 6 small meals per day, and avoid sugar, sweeteners and white flour. Since changing my diet, I have hardly gained any weight at all (before that I was loading on the pounds, as usual). Yet I am actually eating more and better quality food than before, and I feel much, much better energy-wise.

    I am hoping to continue with this type of diet postpartum, as I also have about 50 lbs. of accumulated “baby fat” to lose. Once you cut out the sugar and pastries, it is amazing how sweet even baby-cut carrots will taste! Instead of reaching for a chocolate bar, fresh fruit can really satisfy a major sweet craving, too.

    We also own a Total Gym and a Gazelle (compact indoor workout equipment). You can probably buy things like this (or a treadmill or stationary bike) very inexpensively in your local area on As a homeschooling mom, having a spot to leave them set up in the house is the only way I find any time to exercise!

    # September 1, 2012

    • Beth

      I hardly gain any weight outside of pregnacies. However, I also tend to poor on the weight during the pregnacies. My diet as well as the amount I eat does not usually change so I don’t know why that is. I have never been diagnosed with diabetes myself but have worried about it.

      # September 5, 2012

  11. Caralee

    I also have 4 children ages 12 and under with another little surprised blessing on the way.

    The ladies above have given great information. As they recommend, definitely check out the Weston A. Price Foundation and the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.

    I honestly have lost weight with eating more “real and healthy” fat in my diet, adding homemade broths and such to my diet.

    I also would look into doing a cleanse for 15 days to a month using herbs. There is a website called Renew life that sells cleansing kits that really do work (I have used them), and I have lost weight/inches off and have a ton of energy afterwards. Just don’t go back to eating processed or junk food after as it messes you up again. A cleanse every 6 months is good to do to clean out toxins that slow down your body organs and general health (though do not do this when pregnant or nursing. If you are pregnant or nursing, just focus on changing your diet to one that is full of real food as outlined in the Nourishing Traditions book and increase your physical activity every day).

    Also, check with your doctor to make sure your thyroid levels are normal. Woman can become low in their thryoid hormones after having babies. But be sure he checks the right levels as some only check the TSH which is not enough. THere are articles under the Woman’s health section of the Weston A. Price foundation website that talks about this, or read the posts on as she has had personal experience with this.

    You can do this. Most importantly, Pray. Ask for God’s wisdom in how to get the weight off. Ask him to restore health to your body. He will answer you and give you want you need.

    # September 5, 2012

    • Beth

      Can I use it if I’m nursing – even a little?

      # September 9, 2012

  12. kitkat

    This is in response to Bethany the Dreamer’s post about “sweetened biscuits” (I’ve had a few recipes turn out like that too – blah!). Bethany, here are some links to some great websites for “healthified” desserts. (don’t be scared off by the website name – it’s not a weird as it sounds!) 🙂

    I looooooove these websites! The recipes are so healthy, but so delicious. Even my dad (who is definitely not all into the “healthified” recipe thing) loves the black bean brownies. Usually the happy healthy mama website has notes about prior attempts that didn’t work out so well so you know what works and what doesn’t. Happy cooking!

    # December 18, 2012

  13. Faith17

    My mom has lost a lot of weight on the Atkins diet. Basically it retrains your body to burn fat instead of store it. So you focus on eating protein rich foods and limiting your number of carbs and the carbs that you do have are fiber not sugar. So basically you can have all the meats that you want (chicken, fish, steak ground beef, eggs etc. yumyum) all the fat you want (so load up on the butter and avocados!!). it is hard at first because you have to limit yourself but as you get closer to your goal weight you can add in nuts, fruit, pasta sauce etc.
    For instance my mom would often make herself grilled chicken topped with pasta sauce and melted mozzarella cheese(like a pizza) and also take grilled chicken or steak and saute it with peppers and onions topped with melted cheese. so look it up and give it a try my mom lost like 50 lbs very fast! 😀 good luck

    # March 3, 2013

  14. hannahelaine

    Diet and exercise…in conjunction with prayer and support.

    Go natural verses processed. Cut out things like gluten and sugar. If you are hungry for a soda, instead drink water. If you want cookies, try an apple. Try to buy more fresh or frozen vegetables and less packaged things. A good rule of thumb is if it can be naturally found and eaten, it is the best to eat and anything with big, unpronounceable words in the ingredients list is probably not beneficial to you.

    It is not easy to get on a diet that works. I encourage you to try something that revolutionizes the way you eat and see food as a means of being healthier instead of using a ‘diet plan’ to shed off the pounds because it is so easy to get off the plan and gain the weight back.

    Practice good portion control.

    Youtube has some great workout videos. I really like Tai Bo, kickboxing, Pilates, and dance workouts (in most cases ballet). Jessica Smith has some great, free videos!

    Seek and you will find.

    May you be blessed as you seek to honor your temple in weight loss.


    # April 19, 2013

  15. kelseymarie

    I am so excited about the ‘raw food’ diet I’ve learned of recently! I’ve already lost about 5 lbs in the last week and a half even though I’m not following it completely. Basically, you eat only veggies, fruit, nuts, and sees. I’m just trying to get it to where I’m just eating these things for the most part, although at supper I eat a little more. It’s amazing to hear what this diet has done for people! Just look at Tonya Zavasta, author of a lot of raw food books. She’s extremly young and healthy looking for being in her 50’s. Her website is called Beautiful on Raw if any one would like to check it out. The testimonials – especially of people who were cured of life-threating illnesses are pretty cool!

    # May 2, 2013