I've been there many, many, many times. In fact, I'm currently going through another honeymoon phase, so I'm apprehensive about the upcoming weeks.
I am somewhat of a "prude" when it comes to relationships. In many ways, I am like the Duggar family (the family with about 100 kids). I don't plan on holding hands with a guy until we are engaged, and I plan on saving my first kiss for my wedding day (as well as everything after that, obviously).
When it comes to marriage, people don't do it for the honeymoon. That's a week or two. I've never heard wedding vows that say "Until the plane lands back home from the honeymoon." I have, however, heard "'Til death do us part."
I find it interesting that people compare the first couple weeks of a "diet" to a honeymoon. We seem to forget that the entire thing is supposed to be for life. We tend to marry and divorce our "diets" right after the "honeymoon."
I think my best piece of advice is to really look at what you have been doing. Can you see yourself do it for life?
I'll admit, I have my doubts. I gave up soda back in 2008, and I pretty much only drink water (including unsweetened flavored and flavored seltzer waters), iced tea (unsweetened), and whole milk now (I do like making meal replacement smoothies with fruit, veggies, yogurt, milk, and nuts/seeds). Right now, I've been working on eating more real foods. With the exception of eating out, I haven't eaten any artificial colors, flavors, preservatives (BHA, BHT, nitrates, nitrites), MSG, [partially] hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, or white flour (I don't like white rice). I have had some limited amount of sugar, but I primarily use honey and maple syrup to sweeten plain yogurt (I couldn't resist the $0.88 Chobani Bites though!).
It's tough, but I'm realizing that I miss the idea of eating Oreos and milk more than I miss the Oreos themselves.I find I'm just as (if not more) satisfied with a sweeter treat (like some homemade french toast or a peanut butter and jelly on homemade bread) paired with a glass of milk. Even after less than 2 weeks, my desire for junk has decreased. It's becoming easier and easier for me to say "no" to processed foods.
I think that's where a diet becomes a lifestyle change. When it becomes the "norm" and you continue eating in a certain way even after the excitement of a honeymoon phase is over. I don't think twice when I turn down soda or white rice because it's become a part of me.
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