Yesterday was the last day of my diet change. I don’t have a lot to share in terms of weight loss, but this is what I can share about my journey:
1. This will be an ongoing experiment. I may decide to add a few things back in my diet, but for the most part, I have made some permanent changes.
2. I feel great. My energy is more consistent, I’m not hungry all the time, and I don’t have to think about what is ok to eat. Those decisions are already made.
3. I’m not tired during the middle of the afternoon and I have energy up until bed time.
4. I feel better about myself for having a sense of control over my body, rather than feeling like my body has a mind of it’s own.
5. I’m eating way more vegetables than I ever have and am liking them:)
6. My clothes fit looser, my sinuses are clear, and I have managed to work with my sweet cravings rather than fight them.
This has been an enlightening experience in so many ways. People wonder how I managed to stick with so many restrictions, and honestly, I have wondered this when others have talked about being vegan, or eating raw food only. But the biggest lesson in all of this for me was learning to take the suffering and the sacrifice out of the process. I never felt deprived or that I couldn’t have something. For the foods that were my former comforts, I substituted equally palatable choices. Most importantly, the pull of the potential gain from having new habits was much bigger than the need or desire to keep my old habits. Some of the changes in diet I had already started to make, so this way of eating was a next step for me.
I’m not now a zealot for any particular diet. I believe we must all find our way and not stop trying until we have found the answers that work for us. Everything builds on previous experiences. The hits and misses are just information we can use to take the next step. The pursuit of weight loss, fitness, and health is a journey, not a single decision.
Thanks to all who supported me and asked really great questions. Let’s all stay connected, as it’s much easier to work these changes with the support of others rather than alone. Let me know how I can support you!