My Story: “My Doctor Said ‘Don’t Eat Anything White'”
“Don’t eat anything white.”
That was the advice Caroline Jhingory received from her doctor a little over ten years ago. At the time, Caroline was 22 years-old and weighed over 300-pounds, a weight beyond dangerous for her 5’2″ frame.
Caroline was also diagnosed as pre-diabetic due to her high blood sugar levels and the dark blotches on her face and neck. When asked, she says she considers this period her “rock bottom.” It was at this point that she decided that she would make the rest of her life the best of her life.
For years, Caroline turned to food to cope with the physical and emotional abuse she endured as an adolescent, but after one trip to the doctor, she realized that something had to give. Caroline began her weight loss journey, taking on what she likes to called “a poor man’s diet”, which incorporated cutting out all white foods. She also had no money at the time to join a gym, so she ditched the bus and walked everywhere.
Within one year she lost 150 pounds and managed to keep it off for good. No gastric bypass surgery. No quick gimmicks. No starving herself just to add the weight back on later. Nope. Just good ol’, straight up diet and exercise.
What Caroline Did…
When beginning her weight loss journey, Caroline had no money for personal trainers or fancy weight loss programs. Being that she was allowed to stay on her parents’ medical insurance while in college, Caroline relied solely on the advice of her family physician to jump start her weight loss.
1. Caroline removed what her physician regarded as white foods completely from her diet – all products made with flour, sugar, rice, pasta and potatoes.
2. Instead of relying on the Metro subway system in her hometown of Washington, DC, Caroline began walking everywhere she went.
Within the first two months Caroline lost 30lbs, and within 18 months, she lost over 150lbs. Now over a decade later, Caroline has maintained her weight loss via consistent exercise and disciplined eating.
What Caroline Learned…
Experience has taught Caroline that “losing weight and keeping it off is 85% healthy eating and 15% exercise. Healthy eating is washing the car and exercise is shining the rims.”
Caroline also learned how to cook to live. She now shares her healthy recipes via youtube and instagram. See her quick healthy recipe above.