I’ve been on my, no not ‘diet’, rather let’s call it a new relationship with food (the Eat to Live plan), for almost a week. I had planned to start last Monday but that evening I attended the Scholastic Stars award dinner with my daughter and the buffet dinner didn’t really align well (I did skip desert, however). So for the past 6 days I haven’t had any meat, pasta, rice, bread or alcohol and have severely limited any dairy or oils. I tried to give up coffee but it’s standardized testing week and I really needed my caffeine (that’s where the dairy came in – grabbing a tall Latte at Starbucks on the way to school one morning).
Have I lost a lot of weight? Do I feel much better? No and no. But…that’s to be expected. As I’m reminded it takes awhile for one’s body to recalibrate and get used to large quantities of low calorie/high nutrient foods like leafy greens, vegetables and fruits. I’ve read it takes 30 days to establish a new habit – or rid oneself of an old one – and a lot of the way we approach food, snacking for instance, is habit not hunger. The first few weeks is the hardest!
I was interested to see that Dr. Fuhrman had a new book out – Eat for Health – so I downloaded a copy on my kindle and started reading it on the hour long bus ride to the Academic Super Bowl competition. I think he must have written it in response to people who balked at the much more restricted regimen outlined in his book, Eat to Live, which I read and followed for several months about a year and a half ago. The new book discusses all of the same scientific and medical studies that support this way of eating for health, weight loss and longer life but it also eases you into the new way of eating at a more measured pace. If any of you are interested in checking it out I’d recommend the Eat for Health book as a good starting point. You can also check out the website:
http://www.drfuhrman.com/ for more information and testimonials (you don’t need to buy all the kits and recipes, just read the book).
I’m not yet slim enough to fit into my nice outfit for tomorrow’s Senior Awards Night at the high school but I’m planning to be by graduation on May 30th!
PS — on another note I just realized this is blog post 401! Who knew it would last so long!