August has always brought on bouts of depression for me. Itís not like itís quite the end of summer, but I know itís coming. ďBack to SchoolĒ time will be here before I know it. (Ok, Iíve been out of school for over ten years, but something has still lingered on from my childhood.)
It will also be my birthday in 20 days. A reminder that another year has passed and nothing has really changed. Iím still fighting the same fight as last yearÖ and the year before thatÖ and so on. I decided to get on the scale this morning to see if things were really as bad as I thought they might be.
And they were. The numbers displayed were unacceptable to me.
On a positive note, a new month brings a new opportunity to try something different in order to meet my goals. Iíve mentioned before going on an elimination diet ( wp.me/p1N36Q-ea
) or clean eating regimen Ė so why not start today and try to make it to my birthday? Although I donít think I can do a full elimination diet, I think I can stick with avoiding three key foods I know are problematic: wheat, nuts, and added sugar. Maybe Iíll even throw in GMO corn and soy for good measure. Iím calling it the August Allergy Free Challenge Ė not because Iím allergic to any of these things, but because I like the alliteration of August and Allergy.
Here are some of the reasons itís a good day to start over:
- Meeting this challenge gives me something to celebrate on August 20th other than getting old.
- 20 days does not seem like a very long time. If I feel the urge to eat something off my plan, I can just remind myself that I can have it on my birthday Ė if I even still want it when the day rolls around.
- Iím beginning the month of my birth knowing exactly what I weigh. I havenít been weighing in consistently because I hate disappointing myself. Well, now that I know, I should take advantage of it and commit to weighing in weekly to so that I donít let it get so high in the future.
Speaking of sensitivities, I came across this table in the Wheat Belly Cookbook (click here for the remainder of this post, as I can't format tables here on Spark: wp.me/1N36Q