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The Just Eat Less Diet...

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

My late father (number 2) once had a little bit of a weight problem. He asked my mum to dish up only half of what she normally did and he would do the same when faced with choices. He would not give up any food that he liked and merely ate less of it than normal. He lost the weight he had gained and never put it back on again.

I have boasted with this story for a long time now and of course, have not taken Dad's advice, or listened to my own words of praise for this way of living - and losing weight. So this week I made a start. This was after a disastrous weekend of binge eating. This was a rebellion against any diet! My whole system just said NO. NO MORE DIETING - JUST EAT LESS my body screamed at me. Since then I have had two days of doing it Dad's Way. My granola was halved, as was the milk. The pawpaw was a mere 200gm instead of a huge half. The yogurt was a big one spoon dollop instead of half a cup.

So far so good. A daily journal keeps me honest and on track. My shortcoming lies in the area of vegetables. My darling hubby is not a vegetable eater. That makes for times when I don't really feel like cooking just for me. Yesterday was a salad for lunch and today I am having a curried cauliflower soup with 1 slice of our homemade soda bread and butter.

Water is the big wonder beverage. Of course I love my red wine and will continue to drink it. I have made friends with the inevitable. The difference is that now I drink a glass of water after each glass of wine. If I don't, then before I go to bed, I drink the same amount of water as the wine I have had. It works for me.

It is interesting to listen to my body, especially when I think I am hungry. Water is the first thing I reach for because I believe the "hunger" I feel is actually thirst. The water also fills me up and cleans out the colon. It's a win-win situation. Herbal tea is my next choice - including rooibos tea, lemon water and also ginger water. These are all for cleansing. Fortunately I like herbal teas and have a whole collection in my tea cupboard. I have never been a huge coffee drinker but I do like a good cup of filter coffee now and then. To that end I belong to the Coffee-of-the-Month Club and get some stunning coffees every few months. Grinding the coffee beans always smells so tantalizing.

My fear of baking biscuits is now going to be challenged as I am going to make some healthy cookies for my husband, and of course I will have a few. Cookies are normally lethal trigger foods for me, 'cos we make some awesome ones, but now that I know I can have them whenever I want, maybe the need to binge will go away. I am going to give it a try.

I never ever want to diet again, ever. Seriously. I am thinking of giving away all my diet books...or should I burn them and dance around the fire shaman style!!! I will ponder this.

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  • ROSE251
    I love the blog. I too am sick of the word DIET. I'm not dieting but eating reasonably. I've gone as far as replacing a meal with something I want, like cookies or some sweet. I have just about every diet book written, packed away, in storage. Now I'm trying to use common sense. I'm not willing to give up everything I like but I know that moderation is the key. Thanks so much for your thoughts. emoticon
    2813 days ago
    Hi I do not consider myself on a "diet" This is my way of eating and I love it I can do this and still have what I want within reason so it makes me happy and free........The health benefits are awesome also Take care and have a great journey!!!

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    Mary Jo emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2814 days ago
    2814 days ago
    I love this so much! I, too am reminded of this same premise, which my uncle employed and he, too, never gained his weight back. It makes so much sense. Thanks for the reminder and you have a good day.
    2814 days ago
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