Get ready for it.. it's going to be good. Life, I mean. Life is so good. Everyone's healthy, happy and moving in the right direction. I'm on Day 11 of a 21 day Ultimate Weight Loss Program run by Chef AJ and John Pierre. It's amazing. It takes my vegan diet and makes it a truly whole-foods, plant-based nourishing one. It doesn't hurt that I've lost 10lbs since beginning either.
So, some thoughts on it all...
It's overwhelming to think of the foods we don't eat -- foods to the right of the red line. What's helping me not to panic and binge on those foods ROTRL is focusing only on eating ENOUGH of the foods to the LOTRL. Sure, I'm weighing food each day but not because of a perceived necessary limitation. It's because I want to be certain I eat enough of the nourishing non-starchy vegetables - at least 3 lbs per day.
I'm eating so much food by volume. In addition to my 1lb of non-starchy vegetables at breakfast and the others as I get hungry, I'm eating beans each day. And potatoes and brown rice. Sometimes I have both in the same day, if not the same meal (I love my potato curry over brown rice!). I grew up in New Orleans and rice is a staple food there. I can pack it away -- a couple of cups (measured cooked) is nothing for me to knock back with 8 oz kale & 8 oz carrots.
On Feb 15, I weighed a certain amount. Today I weigh 10.4 lbs less than that amount. Prior to it, I was plateaued or gaining for the past 4-6 months.
I'm sharing this because I think it's important that we see that yes, it's tough at first to remove the old faithful foods from your day. But with any addiction, moderation isn't the solution; instead it exacerbates physical cravings. If you're a food addict, seriously think about the value of the word FREE in SOS-Free. It doesn't just mean we don't eat salt, oil & sugar. It means we are FREE to focus on other things. Free of the cravings and the negative impact on our bodies.
I'm still quite a ways from my goal, but I have no doubts I'll reach it and within a reasonable period of time without taking any supplements or counting calories or angst about points. This is how I feel now. Hopeful. Free. Healthy. Grateful.