Sunday, August 03, 2014
Where to begin... I had a very successful go at the Shred Diet last year but when it was over, I slipped quickly back into old patterns. A few months after that I spent $99 on the Gabriel Code. I didn't really fully embrace that because of my own stuff not anything wrong with the system. I struggle with the concept of dieting and how that is different than authentic change. I am an addictions therapist so I know some things about change, support, brain science etc.
Some of my hesitation with the Gabriel code was I flat out knew I wasn't ready for change (Google Stages of Change Theory-I think there is a Spark article on it too- the stages are: pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and relapse). Anyway, I had a change in my life recently, hand surgery. I'm out on short term disability and I am unwilling to gain 10 more pounds which is likely to happen as I sit at home and not have 10+ hours of my day taken up by work and travel. I have gratitude that it pushed me from preparation ( I was hanging out in that stage for about a month and eating lots of cake and ice cream while I researched healthy recipes and bought useful kitchen tools) to action.
I have contemplated what really works for me and it is the following:
Water drink lots of it!
Add mint, fruit, cucumbers or splashes of juice to make it fun and interesting.
This really helps me feel like I'm not depriving myself and it feels special.
Coffee: enjoy 1 cup a day and an occasional 2nd cup but no more than 2X/wk
Sparkpeople: Food & Exeercise Tracking and social support network
Shred Diet: Planned meal intervals to stabilize blood sugar
Gabriel code: Organic, local, non-GMO, raw food as much as possible
Daily meditations and visualizations (I think the GC includes this because
of the study of epigenetics-which is the concept of changing your DNA-
epi -a prefix occurring in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “upon,”
“on,” “over,” “near,” + genes). Things like meditation & walking can
change what surrounds our genes and thus changes our genes (in layman's
terms). If I find any good academic articles I will post them to my blog.
Anyway, those are the theories behind my grand plan. Wish me luck.
I've had 2 excellent days so far!