So the whole 'No Sugar, No Wheat' thing is getting easier and easier. I don't feel like I am missing anything, I'm way less hungry and the natural sweetness of food really shines through now.
I'm also starting to understand a little more about the way my body works. For example, this week we added a second fruit back into to our diets. I was happy because I missed that fruit so I packed up a banana to go with my homemade yogurt and frozen cherries and headed to work. All other things were normal. I had fewer vegetables to compensate for the extra fruit. WELLL, I was ravenous with the addition of the banana. Maybe the banana plus the cherries plus the carrots was too much for me? All I know is that I probably ate about 500 calories more eating the banana over not eating it. Interesting.
So yesterday instead of a banana, I took strawberries as my second fruit. I had no such effect. Another observation I've made is that I'm no where near as hungry, so I can definitely scale back my portions. First a little then maybe a lot in the future.
I've been taking quinoa tabbouleh with chicken and avocado for lunch. Delicious and filling but I need to shake it up next week so I don't get bored. Snacks have been veg with hummus and yogurt with fruit.
Workouts have been pretty good. I couldn't face the thought of 30 Day Shred coupled with running and a lunchtime walk for May, so 30 Day Shred will get moved to June and I will alternate Yoga Meltdown with a few other workout DVDs. I'm also incorporating a lot more yoga as I need to make sure that I get some good stretching in after all those workouts.
One thing I'm really torn with is Weight Watchers. More and more I feel like my idea of what's healthy diverges with Weight Watchers. I'm still going to the meetings for the accountability and the friends I have there, but 45 bucks a month is a lot to pay for friendship.
So here's where I diverge with Weight Watchers. 1) Weight Watchers seems to be, at its heart, a low carb, low fat diet. I believe that eating MORE heart healthy fats trigger your satiety points and in turn you eat less. 2) Weight Watchers allows unlimited 'free' fruits and vegetables. These foods are not without calories and they should all 'cost' something. 3) (Most importantly to me) Weight Watchers sells a ton of nutritionally void processed crap, both at your local supermarket and in the front of their meeting locations. It's literally not possible for me to disagree with that more. That kind of stuff TRIGGERS more overeating in people like me. I feel like the moment they hitched their wagon to that kind of stuff, they should have re-evaluated if 'healthy' was their prime objective.
I can't tell you how many of the meetings I have attended over the years where I hear someone talk about hacking a recipe, driving down the points value for some junk food by adding fiber one to it. STOP ADDING FIBER TO SHIT AND JUST EAT REAL FOOD. So I'm struggling with that and trying to formulate a plan where I leave Weight Watchers and keep up my health living journey.
I'm not convinced I am strong enough to go it alone yet... But I bet I can sort something out.
I'm going to try to check in more in this space and keep you all informed about what I'm up to. I'm still here, still plugging away.
Be well, everyone.