Lately I’ve been eating a large cooked breakfast, having a protein snack for lunch – bit of chicken, ham, cheese or cottage – and then a very light supper. One night last week my evening meal consisted of literally two thin slices of ham, an ounce of grated cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and a cupful of balsamic vinegar dressing. Plenty.
I am eating in a reverse pyramid! I begin the day eating well, have a bit more at lunchtime though really it’s just for the sake for it and then a light supper. There’s probably no need at all now for me to eat three meals a day and I may try skipping lunch entirely with just a piece of cheese, say, or chicken to keep me going. I find it odd I can last the day on a large breakfast but it seems to be the case. Even with my appetite returned! I like to think this is healthy. Sure feels like it. If I lose weight too, well, so much the better. Even if it is a slow, gradual, process.
Your cheating art
I’ll admit I’ve cheated a bit. I’m not doing full-out Paleo. For a start I am allowing myself a splash of milk and few granules of sugar in my tea and coffee, of which I have a maximum of six cups a day. I needed sweetened tea during recent stressful times (see post for Feb 11) but am scaling it back now and hope to return to unsweetened unmilked beverages. That said, I like taking tea with milk and sugar, albeit tiny amounts. As this is a regime that has to last for it to work, I may decide this is the dealbreaker.
Life without chocolate?
And life without chocolate is unthinkable for me. I simply cannot face the thought of never eating it again so, I had a square of 70 per cent cocoa solids chocolate over the weekend. And a dark chocolate covered mint. I can go without bread quite happily – more happily than I thought. Toast is the past – toast is toast in fact! But sometimes, I want chocolate. Sometimes I’ve just got to have it. And this very cold weather with the bitter easterly winds was one such time.
I make no excuses for this. I am not perfect. Reader I have sinned and I will probably sin again. But the bulk of my calories come from protein and healthy fat. They’re filling and gorgeous. If I am having refined sugar, it really isn’t much and it’s from good sources, high quality chocolate and not all that much of it. I’m not doing Paleo 100 per cent and I’m not asking for forgiveness. I think allowing a little leeway is what will get me through. Too strict, too extreme, and I fear I’ll fall off the wagon. This way, I think I can stay on it.
And, tell the truth, would you really want to follow the diet blog of some perfect person who never trips up, never gives in to a craving? Well, I hope not! Cos perfect I ain’t.
Busy week for me this week – which will itself be bit of a trial. We’ll see how the diet holds up and I’ll report on that later on. Have a good week and don’t be too hard on yourself if you too occasionally slip up, on whatever targets you set yourself. We are people. Not robots!