Today begins a new chapter in my life. After 31 years of poor decisions regarding food I’ve had enough. I eat when I am sad. I eat when I’m happy. I eat when I’m bored. I eat because I walked by the refrigerator. I enjoy food, but I enjoy it far too much and too often.
My love affair with food started at a young age. I was eager to help out in the kitchen and took every opportunity to help cook or to make meals for myself. This is all well and good as long as I possessed the self control to keep my eating and snacking in check. Sadly, over the years I grew in the habit of making more and more food and increasing my portion sizes far larger than they needed to be. Three-hundred-and-seven pounds later, I’m a mess. I know how to cook good food, and food that is good for me, but it does me no good when I eat a second or third serving of it just because it’s sitting there. I needed to make a conscious effort to understand what I could eat, how much I should eat, and how I should go about balancing my diet.
So, today, I began Whole30. For the next thirty days I am committing to return to whole and natural foods and to leave behind processed foods and items that are known to potentially cause health and weight issues. This isn’t a condemnation of certain foods necessarily, but a dietary regimen designed to hopefully push the reset button on some of the bad habits I’ve developed and the state of health I’ve put my body in.
No dairy. No legumes. No alcohol. No grains. No MSG. It’s not entirely paleo, or other diet system, but it seems close to other low/no-carbohydrate, high protein plans. It isn’t designed to be a replacement for one’s diet forever, they understand that denial leads to cravings which make people break their plans. But hopefully, after 30 days, I’ll have at least started to gain the habits necessary to lead a healthier lifestyle.
I hope to start tracking my meals and discussing them through this blog and to post recipes where I can. For now, I’ll just have to do with a simple listing of my menu for Day 1.
Lunch – Chicken and Carrot Stir Fry in Mustard Sauce
Dinner – Cajun Seasoned Pangasius with Zucchini
After all of this I did find myself craving more food in the evening. I ate a banana as a snack and it seems to have sated my hunger. I’ve quickly come to see that even in preparing for the new diet I still do not have nearly enough vegetables to keep up. Time to get reacquainted with the produce department.