Great !!! you are an inspiration for sure !!! I quit drinking coffee two month ago and am now enjoying a good cup of PERO , which is made from barley, chicory and rye, tastes like coffee tho :) yummmmm....I havn't eaten meat beside chicken and fish in January and will stay with that habit . ALso no sugar. It would be hard for me to eat no gluten tho...I love bread too much !!!
Just coming off of a month of: no caffeine no alcohol no gluten no refined sugar no meat
Which means I have been reacquainting myself with the flavor of fruits and vegetables (really juicy red grapefruits are my favorite). Lots of roasted vegetables and I used Mark Bittman's Food Matters cookbook to give me ideas of ways to combine things - like sweet potato rounds baked in the oven and then sprinkled with pomegranate seeds.
I have yo-yo'd around for several years but have, like a pin ball machine, settled in the zone of giving my body and mind a break from all the crap that I accustomed myself to putting in it in excessive quantities.
A friend of mine shared an article with me at the beginning of January that talked about the difference between intentions and goals. Intentions are more like guiding principles and in that regard, they are supremely helpful to me in that they are less focused on a number (as in 20 pounds to lose) and more on a way of like, such as "I will be kind and respectful to myself, emotionally and physically". It is not kind or respectful to myself to assault my body with junk while depriving it of the very real things it needs. And we all know the crossover between physical and emotional, so when I am unkind to myself physically, the emotional piece is not far behind.
So this seems like the most appropriate forum for me to check into, and I will share my experiences as I go.
BTW, the month of January was a good start for me. I ate well, learned to embrace and enjoy decaffeinated herbal teas (who knew?) and lost 11.5 pounds in the bargain. Starting this weekend, I am easing back into caffeine (will reserve that for the delicious lattes I love on the weekends at my favorite coffee shop); will start having red wine with dinner; will stay away from refined sugars pretty much altogether, I think; will do the "sane eating" regime that Bittman has talked so much about.
Here's looking forward to new days and healthier (and happier) mindsets.....
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