Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Even though I did 3 rounds of the 6 Week Plan with Eat to Live (Dr. Fuhrman)
I never actually felt comfortable with the program. I never felt that I understood what I was suppoed to be doing , or really NOT doing for my health. So when Dr. Fuhrman was on PBS the last time, I ordered his 3 Steps to Incredible health (3 books and a set of DVDS and membership on his website) and discovered his new concept of 10 exercises to help me ease into learning and implementing the plan.
I had put myself on level 3 before I even received his recommendation, mainly because I was having difficulty continuing to lose weight since the thyroid problem popped up. And then I started on the exercises while I read the books and watched the DVDs.
The exercises aren't like a circuit or those pesky push-ups. They are more like training for a 5 K. You get week 1 nicely under your belt and they ramp it up for exercise 2, with varying amounts of time allowed to master each new exercise and turn it a life long habit.
What I did in bits and pieces for exercise 1 - 5 is very similar to what I mastered in the 6 week plan. Consider I had been eating animal products daily, at every meal most all my life up to last October when I tried the 6 Week Plan for the first time.
But Exercise 6: reduce animal products to 2 servings a week with at least 1 vegan day in between is very different from what I was doing. I had been having a serving of egg or yogurt, or cheese daily. So this week I'm adjusting to only 2 animal product servings a week. Sometimes this one is like trying to do modified push-ups. Every once in a while I want eggs on the same day as I eat yogurt in a dessert. But it is easier when I imagine my arteries clearing out, and cholesterol emptying out of my blood stream. I'll probably take another week to get that habit in place. (or 2 or 3).
Not because it's so difficult. Though some days it is. But because Exercise 7 is next. I believe it might be a problem. I am to eliminate all things white. Flour: no problem. Sugar: no problem. Sweeteners are still a problem. Like trying to do those REAL push ups.
With the help of his recipes, I have retooled my dessert chef brain to rely on some other things besides sweeteners like stevia, splenda, maple syrup, or honey. Those other sweeteners are usually fruit, or I just find a different dessert altogether.
I have posted a recipe which was very satisfying: Possibility Cocoa Balls. I named them that because it WAS possible for me to eat what I considered to be a healthy delicious chewy dessert. AND the recipe had possibilities for substituting ingredients here and there to make a completely different dessert. AND I believe they even have the possibility to please the sweet tooth of company that might come for Sunday Dinner.
And I have learned to make delicious smoothies and fruit "ice creams" with no sweetener of any kind, and I love them!!
But NO ARTIFICAL SWEETENER still seems scary. My head knows I've found delicious alternatives. But that other place, maybe my sweet tooth? says it's just wrong. However, my sweet tooth is not in charge of my health decisions, I am. It's only for a short while to help me get rid of my cravings.
So, Onward to exercise 7 and opportunities to really get in touch with natural sweetness.
Exercise 8 , adding cooked greens is already happening with no problem.
As for 9, I've almost arrived at the sodium recommendation. I slip up once in a while, or the SP tracker does.
I hold no hope at all for exercise 10: finding 2 restaurants around here where I can get a meal that follows these guidelines. But I'm not giving up on it. We're going to our favorite restaurant Sunday and I'm going to try to have a little conversation with the chef. We'll see.
I don't think any chef can cook without touching the salt shaker!!
Perhaps the best help was this one quote from the book:
"This program doesn't demand perfection, nor does it mean that you will never eat meat again or that you will never have a slice of birthday cake. It means tht your diet has been revamped so that high-nutrient fruits, vegetables, beans, and other foods make up the large majority of your food intake, and that you have the knowledge and skills to come even closer to superior nutrition each day. " Dr. Fuhrman, in 3 Steps to Incredible Health!: Learn it! Live It! and you'll Love it!
So are these exercises easy? Some are. Some aren't. Actually they really aren't difficult. What IS difficult is changing my 64 years of bad habits that have gotten me to this place. But NOW I have the information to help me make better choices.
Today's reading is about anabolic and catabolic something or other. I wonder where that will take me?