Recommit yourself to making better choices
It’s been four months since I started a new diet — not really a diet, but a whole lifestyle change. As with many resolutions made at the beginning of a new year, I was “gung-ho” for the first, oh, month and a half, and have started to fade in these past few weeks.
Let me tell you about this new adventure: I decided to try a vegan, mostly raw food diet. Crazy, right? I had been reading about “living” food versus “dead” food and how we, as living beings, need a lot of living food since the enzymes in raw (or uncooked) food is what our bodies need to keep our cells growing and reproducing the way they should. When you cook the food, my book claimed, it kills the living enzymes, ergo our bodies are denied very valuable cell-building blocks and don’t work properly, especially not being able to fend off disease. Makes perfect sense to my way of thinking.
So this new diet includes a green barley grass drink two or three times a day, juicing at least once a day to get more of the nutrients from the veggies — I mean our guts can only process so much roughage, right? — and allows a cooked meal for dinner. Whole wheat pastas, grains, nuts, an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies are all allowed. The kicker, besides losing dairy (I am a cheese fanatic), was the no white refined sugar, white enriched flour and no caffeine rules. Youch! Sugar and flour are in everything. But, when I learned that these didn’t help our bodies in any way whatsoever, it made sense. I needed to treat myself with respect and eat what we were designed to eat — easier said than done.
Another part of this lifestyle was a commitment to exercise. So, with fervor and determination, I started working out 10 to 15 minutes a day, mostly resistance training which I followed on a DVD. I tried to walk a lot, too.
I have to admit, I felt great. The whole reason I started this new lifestyle was to gain energy, which I was desperately lacking, and had been for some time, not just since my pregnancy and life with a newborn. Side benefits were I lost the baby weight, wasn’t getting sick (when everyone around me was dropping with colds and flu), my aches and pains subsided and my energy level was the best it had been in years.
Then, here’s what happened: I would grant myself a treat — maybe a piece of my mother-in-law’s delicious home-made apple pie (I’m talking prize-winning pie here), maybe a chai tea here and there, then a slice of pizza loaded with cheese, then a bit of Bo’s awesome chicken salad when working at the Community Market… and so began my backslide. I started being too “tired” and too “busy” to work out. Days would go by and I wouldn’t turn on the DVD or jump on the rebounder.
What I noticed was that vicious cycle: when I didn’t work out I was tired but I was too tired to work out. When I started cheating on the diet, I lost my willpower and I didn’t feel good. I didn’t feel good so I made poor eating decisions.
So I am attempting to recommit myself to making better choices. I know there are a zillion different diets and ways to think about food out there and you have to find what works best for you. If you want to know more about what I am trying, check out the Hallelujah Diet at hacres.com. Are you making healthy, “green” choices? Share what works for you at email@example.com. Here’s to our health!
Tuesday Trippier lives in Delaware, is a writer and mother of four with a special interest in learning and writing about all things “green.”