The Best of Both Worlds
Saturday, February 27, 2016
I had been following the ET (Eat to Live program by Dr Joel Fuhrman.) for a couple of years now. The program was very demanding and required a lot of cooking and prep....lots of grocery expense....And I was a full fledged advocate of his philosophy. Problem was I could not follow it perfectly. And i really wasn't losing any weight after the first 15 pounds. I was stuck and in fact was gaining weight.
I needed a change. Food and food prep should NOT consume your life. And you should NOT have to deny yourself of every kind of non vegan food....I do believe that veganism is best....however I've made some allowances. I wil now have real cheese when eating out and sometimes at home, say with crackers. (and that is another thing. I found it impossible to limit starches ((including natural vegetable ones)) to one serving a day.) When I am cooking, whenever possible, I use vegan cheese. I use all whole grain foods....beans, etc..much like the Fuhrman plan...but without the straitjacket mentality. Maybe I just couldn't handle the pressure. But really! Should food and eating cause you stress? Food should be enjoyable. It should be made to share with friends and family and to enjoy together. Not something divisive and the source of arguments.
So here is my new food plan.
I will eat a small breakfast. If I'm not hungry for breakfast, I will skip it and eat lunch around 11:00...and dinner at 4:00. (I go to bed early so an earlier dinner time is good)
I will always skip one meal a day. WHICH meal it is, depends on when I get hungry. When I am home. and When I feel well enough to cook. If I skip lunch I will have an early dinner.
If I eat a big lunch then I will aim at eating around 2:00 and that will be it for the day. I do not find it hard to skip meals. I know there are a lot of people dedicated to the idea that one should NEVER skip meals but rather should eat 6 small meals a day. Dr Furhman talks about why that is a fallacy and he explains the biology of weight loss and intermittent fasting and how you ONLY will lose weight if you allow your body to get into glycolysis.. which is where hunger occurs. Hunger pains are signs that your body is detoxing. You should allow and tolerate this process and eventually you will have detoxed and are into a healthier understanding of hunger and satiation.
Anyway, When I do not consume the calories involved in a meal it gives me more leeway to eat something that is enjoyable and maybe not "diet -like" at all. I still eat vegetarian and only occasionally do I break the "Laws of Veganism" --but I do not count my servings and make sure I'm eating my "GBOMBS" every day. All in all I am much more relaxed about how and what and when I eat. And eating ---and cooking---has become more fun again.
And the amazing thing? In the few weeks that I have been doing this, I have lost 15 lbs! I'm at my lowest weight since 2011! I'm much happier. I don't dread cooking and shopping anymore and I love what I eat. It is truly the best of both worlds.