Diet changes and a leaner body

In this "light" period for sports in the middle of summer, Jim and I were trying to figure out what to talk about on our latest podcast. When I realized we'd lost a combined 57 pounds in the last 18 months and it was largely just due to our diet, I figured we'd share some of our insights. And given it's "summer beach weather," what else could we talk about that would mean as much to our readers?

In our latest podcast, we talk about what we've stopped eating and what we've started eating instead that has led us to leaner bodies (and neither of us had a heck of a lot to lose in the first place). You can listen here; And some of my personal diet changes are after the jump. Plus, share your insights here as well!

Some of my diet changes that have lost me 8 pounds in four weeks:

- Cut my bread/pasta/rice/potato intake to once (total) every 3-4 days. When I do eat bread and pasta it's whole wheat or multigrain.
- In it's place I'm eating quinoa, millet, lentils, oats.
- Also eating salad and vegetables whenever I get hungry. And eating some fresh fruit like cherries, blueberries, strawberries.
- Cut my alcohol intake to max of 2 drinks per week.
- Eating oat bran or oatmeal every morning (with dried cherries or bananas & walnuts).
- Not adding sugar to anything, except about 1/2 teaspoon of honey or pure maple syrup to the oat bran or oatmeal.
- Drinking soy milk and almond milk instead of dairy milk and rice milk.
- Cutting my meat intake to ONLY white chicken, white turkey and fish (and when I eat fish, it's halibut, snapper, salmon - the fattier fishes).
- Cut out butter and cheese completely. Haven't touched it. Instead of the butter, I'm using canola oil and olive oil. Instead of the cheese, I'm eating avocado.
- Taking a tbsp. of flaxseed oil every day.
- Finally, as a treat I am eating 1 ounce of DARK chocolate every day. It's supposed to be healthy for your heart and this little bit of sugar/fat isn't going to hurt (it certainly hasn't).

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