I think I can safely say that I am officially a weird person who loves to live by rules. I, of course, like to change up the rules now and then because otherwise I get bored and in a rut. Nevertheless, I like rules. I think it's my way of coping with a world full of too many available choices. I have to narrow down my choices to keep from feeling overwhelmed.
For example, with clothing, I mostly wear solid colors. I decided I didn't like any of the photos of me in big flowery things, etc., and decided a few years ago to stick to solid colors, but go in for variety in textures. That narrows down my choices when shopping, which makes it easier for me.
The same holds true for foods. TOO many choices in the grocery stores these days!!! So I don't even look at most of the stuff, but stick to a basic list, and then go wild with whatever looks good at the produce stand I love to shop at.
Okay, so all that is building up to this great new plan I came up with today. It's time to change up the rules again
My daughter has had to eat pretty much paleo-style for quite awhile, due to her health issues. Now my son is all gung ho on it, too, after reading The Primal Blueprint. So I've tried a week of eating Paleo, and feel super good. Full of energy, not enduring hunger, lost the extra 6 pounds that had globbed back on after Easter and my birthday and a few other unexcused binges, etc. However, I don't want to COMPLETELY eliminate grains, legumes, sugar and dairy from my diet forever. So I can't commit to that, because I know 100% that I would fail. However, the author of the aforementioned book (which I am not saying I agree with everything he says, as I am not an evolutionist and he clearly is, but a lot of the food stuff makes sense) says that you should shoot for eating Paleo--in other words, no grains, legumes, dairy, sugar--80% of the time.
At first I thought, well how would you calculate that?! Eat Paleo 8 out of every 10 days. Hmmm...don't think I want to commit to that. Then I thought, Hey, it could be 4 out of every 5 meals! So I figured it out on paper, figuring breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack as four separate meals, because it works well for me to divide my calories up that way. And it works out very cool. Every 5th day would be completely Paleo. The other 4 days would each have 1 non-Paleo meal, and which meal it is varies daily. The first day would be breakfast, the second day would be lunch, the third day would be dinner, the fourth would be snack, and the fifth would be totally Paleo. That, to me, sounds doable and easy to keep track of, and most likely an attainable goal. This method would also have the totally Paleo days falling on different days each week. So, lots of variety. I can still have hummus for lunch now and then. Grape Nuts and yogurt for breakfast now and then. A Snickers bar now and then.
I am postulating that this system will help me to avoid bingeing because my downfalls are sweets and breads, but life without any sweets or breads at all just isn't really life. With this system, though, the times to eat them would be regulated, and I would have time to think about what I really want. And they would just be one meal's worth, not a whole day. The rest of the time I'd be limited to meat and veggies, and nuts, and I don't tend to binge on them.
So, I'm super excited to try this out. It still feels weird to me to cut down on carbs so much, and up the fat intake so much, so I have to say I'm still a little skeptical. But I'm going to give it a try and see how it goes.