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July 11, 2013 - Day 41 on Atkins - Or Is It?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Truth time. I've read lots of "Dr. Atkins" material. Stuff he wrote and stuff other people wrote about what he wrote. My brain knows the truth! The truth is, Dr. Atkins, supported a "diet" - aka: way of living/eating - that is complete with protein, non-starchy veggies and fat . . . at every meal. He did not recommend "diet" coke, "diet" dr. pepper, overdosing on nuts, high protein/low carb "processed" foods or other low carb "cheat" foods. Real food! That's what he taught. Eat real foods that are high in protein and fat, low in carbohydrates. Oh, and drink lots of water. That's it. Pretty straight forward. Pretty simple.

I have to confess - my "current" eating program really doesn't resemble Dr. Atkins' suggested program. I am not eating "real" protein with each meal, I am not eating low-carb veggies in the recommended amounts and I am not being selective about my fats. Instead, I'm doing what I always do. . . looking for short cuts, looking for modifications, looking for ways to eat the foods I really love - while fooling myself into believing that I'm "eating on program". Ha! Liar! Karen is liar! There! I said it!!!

So what have I been doing? Well, I've been using lots of Atkins "products". Protein shakes and bars. . . the ones that resemble candy bars. Those things are processed and should be consumed in small amounts. . . if at all. For me? They've kind of become a staple. Also, my "one ounce" of nuts, is probably more like 5 ounces or 6 or 7. Ugh! I love, love, love nuts because I can use them to "snack" on. Anytime I need to feed my "oral, instant gratification demon", I pull out the nuts and snack, snack, snack away. At 170 calories per serving, I'm probably eating an extra 1000 calories a day. Not good! Not good at all! Oh, and I have officially fallen in love with low-carb ice cream. Dr. Atkins does not recommend eating dairy, but I've convinced myself that because it's low-carb, it's ok. Ha! It's not ok - rather, it's a way to cheat while telling myself that I'm staying on program. As if all that isn't bad enough, I've discovered sugar-free candy. OMG. Have you ever eaten sugar-free candy? Wait, that's not the right question. Have you ever over-eaten sugar-free candy? If so, then you likely already know the evils of chemicals like maltitol and sucralose! If not, let this be a warning. Stay away from sugar-free candy unless you have access to the toilet 24/7!

So I sat myself down last night and got good and honest with me. What am I doing? Why am I doing this? The first 3 weeks went so well! I know the "real" Atkins program works, so why am I not following it to a "T"? And here's what I came up with. . . b-o-r-e-d-o-m! I am BORED! There simply aren't enough real food options and no real good "snack" items. I can't even snack on celery - not really - because celery has carbs and it is possible to over-eat on something as bland and boring as celery! See how my brain just did that? I don't really like celery - so my brain is like. . . no, no, no - don't eat the celery - OMG - you'll blow your carb count if you do!!! But! Go ahead and have an extra helping or two or three or four of nuts - oh, and go ahead and have 6 servings of low-carb ice cream while telling yourself that it's really only 1/2 cup (1 serving). I really am very good at lying to myself when doing so feeds a need in me.

What to do, what to do? I think I've come up with a balanced solution. I'm going to weigh myself this Saturday and see whether my body is responding to this "junk" I've been eating. I'm sort of secretly hoping the scale will fail me - because that will give me the "pass" I feel I need to switch up my "diet". If Bertha ain't kind (Bertha is my scale), then I'm going to lose the high fat meats, lose the nuts, add more veggies/salads, add apples/berries/oranges and try to keep my caloric intake under about 1500 per day. I'll still eat plenty of protein - I'll just make it the "lean" kind. My mouth is watering just thinking about how good an apple would taste right about now. And honestly, I have to believe that an apple or an orange or some strawberries would be soooooo much better than the processed Atkins bars I've been eating.

Wow! That felt good! Cleansed the soul! Told the truth! No secrets!!! That's my commitment to my SP friends. . . to myself. Secrets slowly kill us. Kill our spirits. So I'm not having that in my life anymore. If I do it - I own it - and I'm going to be honest about it. That's what I've done here today. I've been brutally honest. And it felt. . . amazing!

How about you? Are you easily able to stay on the program you've chosen for yourself? Or are you struggling like me - finding ways to "cheat" - while telling yourself that you're really not? I challenge you to do a self-inventory. Tell the truth. Some very wise person once said, "the truth will set you free" - and I'm putting it to the test! Got any "secrets" you care to share? If so, I encourage you to share them here. . . in this safe, supportive community.
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    Karen I tried Atkins years ago with my sister. The low carb ice cream did not work for us. I don't do well with artificial sweeteners. I count my carbs because I'm diabetic but to make sure I eat only a few each day and not at every meal. I had corn tortillas today. I eat whole wheat grains, brown rice, etc. And measure portions. I know what you mean about nuts but I have finally learned to limit to 1 oz.

    To be honest cheese is my current down fall. I eat it too much. However, I am slowly reducing sizes and working to choose other things. I eat fruit that are on the lower glycemic index. The more I am measuring my food the better I am doing. Another thing that helps is boiling several chicken breasts on the weekend and having them in the fridge for a quick go to meat rather than lunch meats or other fat meats.

    Bravo for your honesty. I have to be honest again and again with my addictive Overeating disease. OA taught me that. bravo for seeing where you are sabotaging your progress. emoticon
    1804 days ago
    We all have to do what works for us.. I am glad you found something to work for you .. Best Wishes on your Journey..

    1805 days ago
  • NHES220
    I will tell you that I tried the low carb thing and it went well for me, until we started eating the carb smart ice cream and that was the beginning of the end. Now I try not to eat sugar and simple carbs like white breads and pastas. I never say never, but I typically skip the bread bowl at the restaurant and we don't keep any at home. We seldom have pasta and if we do we have whole wheat or barilla plus. I've kicked the junk food habit and not candies or sweets, unless it is birthday cake. For all the exercising I do, it would be a shame to undo all the good I am doing.
    Good luck figuring out what works for you!

    1805 days ago
  • JUSTA123
    I used to do Atkins and now I follow a healthy diet low fat and no processed food, because Atkins does work, but it is very boring after a while. Glad you've found your way!
    1805 days ago
    Hmm ....do I have any secrets....well I eat something sweet everyday and I have no problem with that as it is in moderation. It is not the end result but how you get there that makes the difference.
    1805 days ago
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