I just learned that Dr. Neal Barnard (author of 'Breaking the Food Seduction' among many other titles) will be speaking in Vancouver on Monday. What a cool opportunity -- I'm going to go!
He's going to be talking about his '21 Day Weightloss Kickstart' book, which sounds interesting. I gather the premise is a vegan style of eating -- I'm not interested in switching to that eating style entirely, but I'll be interested in what he has to say about nutrition and health in general, and I would definitely be interested in finding more options for (and learning the benefits of) meat protein alternatives to use sometimes. (Of course, I might feel differently about continuing to eat meat after I hear the lecture; who knows.)
I know --- Monday was going to be my Weight Watchers start-up meeting. But I figure the Neal Barnard lecture is a rare opportunity, so I'll take that opportunity while it's available, and then find a WW meeting to attend on another day of the week. Unless I decide to follow the "21 Day Kickstart", in which case I might have found a different method that might motivate me and serve as an alternative. We'll see.
One good benefit from deciding to attend the lecture is that last night I decided to start my new healthy lifestyle TODAY instead of "waiting for the weigh-in at the first Weight Watchers meeting to get started" as I had been doing.
I know ... my previous way of thinking was SO counter-productive (eating poorly over the weekend to have that "last kick at the can" before going to the WW weigh-in and getting started) ... I knew it was foolish, but I was doing it anyway.
...The brain is a complex thing, isn't it??!!! But after deciding to go to the lecture instead, I was no longer aiming for that Monday night weigh-in as my starting point, and I decided to make my starting point TODAY.
The other factor that motivated me to get started right away is that I developed another canker sore on my tongue yesterday (sorry if 'too much information' here) ... but those little things hurt like CRAZY, and in online reading about possible causes, I kept coming across (among other possible causes) things like nutrient deficiencies. This was another timely reminder of the connection between nutrition and health. I know .. duh .. but sometimes I employ "selected memory" about things like this, for example when that bag of crispy, salty potato chips is calling my name -- "It could be bad for my health?? What do you mean??" Realizing that this painful little sore could be caused by my poor food choices of late was just another good reminder of the connection between nutrition and health, and how making healthy food choices IS so important ... not just for minor things like a canker sore, but, so much more, to do all I can to prevent more serious illness in future.
I'll let you know how the lecture goes!