The chocolate called to me. As did the cookies, the challah, the salmon, and the beef stew. The cheese didn’t call, it hollered. My taste buds love this stuff. My waistline does not. I would like to say my scale lies, but alas I think it is telling the truth.
The High Holiday season ended this week. For those not familiar with the Jewish High Holidays, they kick off with Rosh Hashana, then Yom Kippur (a fast day, but with pre-fast and post-fast meals), followed by Sukkot. Shabbos, the day of rest from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown, is interspersed before, during, and after, as Shabbos is a weekly celebration. Compare all these meals to making Thanksgiving supper approximately 15 times in a span of three weeks. I kid you not. That is a lot of food and a lot of food choices to make.
I commend myself on doing a decent job sticking to my 80/20 Diet where I eat 80% a wholesome, clean diet and 20% foods that I ideally want to avoid for my optimal health such. I attempt to avoid sugar, processed flour products, and animal products. Since everybody= every body is different, my 20% is not necessarily your 20%.
During this holiday season, I found it difficult to say no to the 20%. I thought it would be easier to have more self-control over a cookie, but sugar is very cunning and snares you into its clutches. It’s too easy to grab more than one (or two). Since my goal is to get the number on the scale lower than the one it actually says, it is better to go cold turkey (no pun intended, as poultry falls into my 20%) than try to limit myself.
One thing that has really helped cut down on cravings was the discovery of Dr. Gregor’s Daily Dozen app. I read about the app on the Forks Over Knives Facebook group. The book (which I have not yet read) is called How Not to Die by Michael Gregor, M.D. Basically, one needs to try to incorporate the Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is where the goal is to eat a certain amount of servings of vegetables, grains, fruits, etc. into one’s diet. I have been so concentrated on trying to get in the Dozen that I’m too full to eat anything else.
So that’s the scoop. My goal for the new year (which started with Rosh Hashana, not January 1) is to de-clutter some eating habits and incorporate new healthier options. Anyone interested in joining this challenge?
Thanks for reading.
October 4, 2018