I’ve been on a real food eating program for 11 days. The first couple of days really sucked. Let’s face it, a self-improvement program sucks until you get the hang of it. It still sucks after that, but the withdrawals from whatever you were feeling addicted to tend to be the really sucky part. I had some heavy duty withdrawals from two things that were a staple in my recent diet: ice cream and Diet Coke.
I knew I had to make a change in my diet when I realized I had gotten so far off track from real meals that I was eating Häagen-Daz Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream for dinner about 2 days per week. I was stressed about work, stressed about my second move in a year, and ice cream was easy (no prep necessary) and so deliciously sooooothing. But then the food coma came, and I didn’t feel like doing anything except vegging on the couch.
Diet Coke and I go way back, but for many years I kicked the habit. Until a few months ago, when that sneaky little bugger became my go to drink of choice and water took a back seat on the bus. I was up to at least two cans per day. Cheap to buy at Costco but terrible for my health.
After I made the decision to change my habits, I made myself a little cheat sheet for my refrigerator listing my goals. (Please excuse the lame graphic design, I was in a hurry. Good nutrition can’t wait!)
March 14, 2016 was day one of my return to health. I went to the grocery store and shopped for healthy food. I was excited! After two or three days I got through ice cream and Diet Coke withdrawal, I’ve been doing well eating lots of fruits and veggies–organic when I can get them–actually eating them and not throwing them out because they go bad! Also, whole grains, a few eggs, and almost no meat or dairy. No fast food or junk. I actually have to cook or assemble when I come home from work. I made a crockpot of pinto beans last week which ended up in huevos rancheros, beans and brown rice, bean tacos, and I think there is still some left in my fridge. Night before last I made vegetable fried brown rice. Yummo!
“So, where is this going?” you may have asked several paragraphs before now. I’m getting to it.
Last night I ate some chocolate, because I wanted a little treat. So I picked up some of this:
This chocolate was the most amazing thing I have ever tasted. It could be because I haven’t had any treats in some time, or maybe because it costs $7.50 for 1.75 ounces at Harmon’s and the price makes it delicious. I don’t think so. I think this is just some badass amazing chocolate. This company is local to me, and artisan, and they are chocolate making gods. It’s even gluten free and vegan. How cool is that?
Eleven days ago I thought I was killing myself slowly by my crappy eating habits. So I made a change. Last night I felt like I’d died and gone to whatever heaven is, with delicious dark chocolate as my heavenly reward. I had no bad reaction to that chocolate treat. No food coma, no regrets.
I am learning to eat what makes me feel good. Not only while I eat it, but afterwards, too. Eating real food just feels better.