What Do I Eat?
What do I eat? That is the biggest question I have been asked since I have been on this journey. Honestly there is so much I can eat that its easier to answer with what I don’t eat.
I don’t eat:
– any type of bread or grains of any kind
– any type of pasta
– any kind of potatoes and I severely limit my starchy vegetables like corn and beans
– products that contain sugar or sugar substitutes, real or synthetic, in the first five ingredients.
– anything that contains a sugar substitute of any kind. I will often refer to these as “fake sugar.”
Really that is it. That is all I have eliminated!
I will say that I do allow myself one thing a month but unless it is a special occasion like a birthday or something, I make myself wait till the end of the month for that one thing. It’s usually a Dairy Queen Blizzard of the month.
Now to what I can eat:
red meat (steak, hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. )
pork/ham (yes even bacon!)
seafood (fish, shrimp, crab, scallops, etc)
dairy (CHEESE and lots of it, plain Greek Yogurt, cottage cheese etc.)
vegetables of all kinds (non-starchy)
fats (good natural fats like real butter and olive oil, nuts. I eat blue cheese dressing almost every day)
fresh fruits (no more than two servings a day)
I do eat items that are breaded and yes the breading is a carb and so is there fruit. Remember you do need some carbs to live and in order for this lifestyle change to work I made some minor concessions in order for it to fit my life.
I also drink alcohol. (come on I’m not insane people) I do limit the amount I drink and what I drink. Mainly I choose drinks without any sugar or pop/soda of any kind. This probably was the biggest change for me as my drink of choice for 30 years had been Captain Morgan and Diet Pepsi. But I gave up everything with sugar and nutrasweet so a change had to be made. I got quite creative but that is another story for another day.
When I started this I thought it would be hard but it was surprisingly easy. I started with picking a protein and added a vegetable. My veg of choice often was a salad because by buying the prepackaged lettuce mix it was super quick to through together and there isn’t a lot of protein choices that do not pare nicely with a salad. As time went on I got more creative and started creating dishes, some from scratch and some with products on the market that I really like. I plan to share many of those recipes here with you over the coming weeks and months.
I encourage you to give it a try. Try it for a week. I can almost guarantee that you will notice a difference in your cravings, your appetite and your energy levels.
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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a medical expert of any kind. Just a woman that has struggled with her weight for 40+ years and has finally found something that works for me. I’m sharing my journey. I believe everyone must find what works for them and there are many good programs and tools out there but regardless of what you choose you should check with your physician before starting any diet plan, program or lifestyle change.