I think, as with almost anything, you need to learn the general principles and apply them to your life, one step at a time. Remember, you're making life-long changes, so anything that you feel you can't live with, you probably won't!
I think the general principles of a LGI diet work very well - it's a way of trying to find a balance. (Obviously, some people are going to find loop-holes like the snickers bar - nothing is perfect!) Obviously, people are all different, so you need to do what works best for you and your lifestyle, but it's a good starting point.
I personally have seen a HUGE difference just cutting out ALL processed foods. That means that I don't eat anything "white" (like pasta or bread), and try to make as much as I can myself. I found a bread-maker, a crock-pot and a rice-cooker at a second-hand store for dirt-cheap, and I use them a fair bit. I also cook with a lot of dried beans (cheap, lots of good carbs, and tons of fibre and protein!!!!) It's been interesting - I've had some flops, but a lot more success than I thought I'd have. I still have an occasional treat, but I'm finding that sugar gives me a headache now, so I don't enjoy it like I used to. During Christmas, I decided to not worry about things and just eat whatever, and I ended up feeling so sick!!!
If you do decide to "jump in" and go cold-turkey, then give it a minimum of 2 - 3 weeks. I found the first 2 weeks felt almost like torture, but then my body adjusted, and I started feeling good again. In my case, I was also doing an elimination diet to test for food allergies, so I had to jump in, but it was well-worth it. I found out I am allergic to dairy - and didn't have a clue!
Anyways, remember this - any step you take towards health is a step in the right direction. Keep doing it, and you WILL get there!
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(Diploma in Massage Therapy, with Honours from the Atlantic College of Therapeutic Massage)
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