Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Well, read a blog this morning about the NO S diet, and never heard of it before. Premise is to eat healthy and no sugar, no snacks, and no seconds except on days that start with S. Interesting so I'll give it a shot. I've been struggling to return to some semblance of eating healthy and this struck a nerve with me. I guess I need some sort of gimick to lose. Anyway, I had rejoined the Sonoma Diet online program and have been dissappointed with the participation on their message boards. There is basically no participation so today I went on and made the public announcement that I was going to check in daily with some motivaiton and revelation. I had thought I might drop out and go back to WW but honestly, the Sonoma Diet really worked for me several years back and I lost 18 lbs. However, I lose so slowly, I give up on any diet and go back to numbskull eating.
One of the reasons I liked the SD diet was the recipes provided. They are so tasty and use fresh herbs and spices to rev things up. Yesterday I printed off a recipe for Turkey-Sausage-Garbanzo Bean Soup and since I had the ingredients, I made it for lunch yesterday. It was delicious so I am going to go ahead and post it on line here. We had it for dinner last night and it was filling and tasty. And healthy. That kind of cemented in me the idea of going back to the SD diet. Then when I read about the NO S diet here on Spark and even joined the team, I thought the combo of the two made sense.
Some facts about me.
I am not willing to give up drinking beer. But I can limit myself to 1 beer. On SD, you can have a glass of wine so I am substituting beer for wine. You can also have beer on WW by just counting the points but I don't like counting points so fooey with that. We go to our local Yacht Club onTuesday and Friday nights so I will 1 beer and the rest diet coke or water.
I like the Sonoma Diet because it advocates whole grains, plenty of veggies and eating by plate size and portions. It makes so much sense. AFter my bowl of soup last night, I remembered that the food was filling as well because it included plenty of fiber.
I hate tracking my food and calories. ALways have. You don't have to do that with SD. There is one woman who is still a member of SD that lost 85 pounds simply by following the plate size and portions. She works in a bakery and has her hands in flour and sugar all day long. She never even licked her fingers or ate a donut the whole time she was losing.
I ordered the New Sonoma Diet book and cookbook from Amazon today. I already have the previous 2 books but I wanted something new to read with new ideas so that's what I'm getting.
If you are reading this you are probably thinking, here she goes again. Another diet plan. ANd you would be right. But I am returning to a plan that worked for me in the past and worked well. I was always satisfied and when I went to restaurants I would peruse the menu and pick the items that would fall into the SD guidelines. You can have a baked sweet potato, just leave off the butter and after a while of no sugar, that sweet potato flavor really comes through.
So here I am yet again. At least I can say that by constantly returning to some sort of diet program over the years has kept me from ballooning up to 300 lbs. Wish me luck!