It still baffles me how I let myself be dictated by food - as if that chip has little legs and arms and jumps up to my chin, pries my mouth open and hops right in! What’s up with that?
I need to do something to shake it up for me – I have definitely let too many foods that should stay on the sidelines make their way into my everyday eating – cheese, cheese spreads, alternate sugar (Stevia and Xylitol), catsup…….
When D and I started The “Original” Plan, we decided we would do it for one week to see what happens. We eliminated cheese at the beginning, and yogurt, even Greek-style, was not part of The “Original” Plan. We eliminated ALL fruit. I did not start seeking out sugar substitutes until I needed to sweeten my Low Carb Oriental Salad. But I only used the Stevia for recipes.
Now, instead of cheese sitting on the sidelines to add flavor to meals, I use cheese as a first-string player in my meal planning, and I eat Greek yogurt with strawberries, Stevia or Xylitol almost every day. I’ve also added fruit daily, such as apples, grapefruit and, sometimes, bananas – which are a very high-sugar fruit!
This means that, even on the days I think (or report) that I am “on-plan”, I’m not!
Combine that with 2 or 3 days per week of eating totally off plan, and you have the reason why I am frustrated, achy, grumpy and not losing weight – and, in fact, gaining.
So, I decided I wanted to shake things up a bit and be strict with myself – I’m one of those all-or-nothing people who work well with a challenge, but, apparently, not so well without a clear goal. I was considering doing the Whole 30 program. D tried it for a little while, I think, but found their forum responses a little condescending, which I agree. I think, however, they are trying to make people take an adult role in their own lives and not cut themselves slack.
Then, it occurred to me – why do another system, when The “Original” Plan works perfectly for me? If I’m considering being strict with, and faithful to, a food regime for 30 days, then let me be faithful to The Plan that has been there for me, that has taught me that I love all kinds of veggies, that has taught me to be a creative cook, and that has taught me that my headaches, joint pain, grumpiness and all-that-ails-me is because of the sugar and grains I had been eating?
This led me to think – What Would Happen If I Strictly Followed The “Original” Plan for 30 Days?
Now, I am off to the grocery store to make it happen!