Thursday, June 14, 2012
By this time in a diet plan, following the guidelines and staying within eating limits, lots of people would be down by five pounds. I am hereby celebrating the loss of TWO. It may not seem like much, but it appears to be real. I'm on a plan I seem to be able to live with without too much effort. And frankly, that's really important. I don't have time to make a whole lot of food from scratch to take to work for lunch and then come home and make something from scratch every night.
And I cannot live without carbs. I might be able to survive, but the craving would be too intense. I can live with little or no sugar, and I can live with whole grains instead of white. We call that a "compromise." Greek yogurt with fruit (and sugar) is a highly mitigated sugar serving. And to mitigate it more, I make sure it's got a serving of fiber too. I really am not watching the fat intake, but it's pretty low anyway. I am eating some stuff that I can buy at the store and not spend all my time making--salads in bags, almonds, yogurt servings. I try to eat something on the weekend that I wouldn't have time to make during the week, something that I really like. Like a whole wheat English muffin with homemade jam for breakfast. Or a chicken caeser wrap on whole-grain tortilla. I have a diet soda once a week, but other than that--water or coffee or tea.
Don't lecture me about artificial sweeteners, either. I tried using a little sugar in my morning coffee/protein boost/latte, and it made my blood sugar plummet. Splenda does not do that. And don't lecture me about "chemicals" either. Stevia is a chemical too, (Hello! Water is a chemical!) and just because it's "natural" and "plant-based" doesn't make it safe. The research I read said that Splenda pretty much passes through without being absorbed, and that's pretty darn safe. Stevia is pretty much untested. No thank you.
So this plan won't win any "quick weight loss" ribbons. It won't get the purists stamp of approval. The cardio Nazis will cluck with displeasure. But I think it's working, and slowly is OK with me.