Okay so this is my first ever blog post about anything and it’s also the first blog post of my new Paleo eating plan. I’ve used the word diet in the blog heading because it’s a simple shorthand and we all know what it means. But what this new Paleo way of eating means for me is a lot more than a diet. It’s not something, can’t be something, I go on and then go off again when I’m tired of it or bored.
It’s not a diet in the traditional sense. I can’t afford it to be. I have to change the way I eat and I have to stick with it. I had a Diabetes scare last month and I’ve seen the damage Diabetes can do. I dodged the bullet. This time. But I’m not taking any chances with it any more. It’s time to stop playing food roulette with my health.
So, how was my first day? Well it was sunny. Which helps! Woke up late but Fridays are laid-back days for me so that was fine. Had a cup of unsweetened tea with cream which was okay. Normally I take my tea, and coffee, with semi-skimmed milk and a quarter teaspoon of sugar. They’ve both gone now. I have to cut as much sugar out of my diet as possible.
I then had two sausages with tomatoes and mushrooms and a mug of unsweetened coffee with cream. I’m hoping that in a few days I’ll get used to taking beverages this way. Want to avoid using an artificial sweetener. Feel it’s better just to “white knuckle” it and go without. Need to train tastebuds to live without sugary-tasting tea and coffee.
Lunch was a ham salad followed by some berries and creme fraiche. Dinner was roast chicken and lots of vegetables; green beans, cauliflower and broccoli. This too was followed with some berries and creme fraiche. No wine. I’m cutting alcohol for the first 28 days of this diet, save for a glass of dry champagne at the end of each week.
I’m not going to write this blog entirely as a food diary, although I am keeping a food diary as that’s one of the best predictors of success on any diet. I’m actually though far more interested in exploring the psychological impact behind attempting to change the dietary habits of a lifetime. I’m not expecting it to be easy but I am determined. At the back of my mind, whenever I feel tempted to stray, will be the word that keeps me going: Diabetes. Don’t get Diabetes don’t get Diabetes. Of course the diet will also offer protection against heart disease and strokes. And make me feel better too!
Tomorrow I’m doing a cooked breakfast, full English, for two. Maybe I’ll do it Sunday too. My partner is delighted. And very supportive. He was happy to go without potatoes with his roast chicken tonight. I said I’d gladly do them for him but he said, no, he’d have whatever I was having. It does make a huge difference if you have support at home.
I know diets and diet blogs are of most interest in terms of weight loss. This is about much more but I will record what I’ve lost at the end of the 28 day initial trial period. My goal for the year is to lose three stone or 20 kilos. My goal for the first 28 days is just to stick with it and then see where I am. I’m not weighing in till the end of Feb.
I’m keeping this blog as it’s a useful way to force myself to try and stick to the programme. It’s a responsibility I feel having said I’d do it. No idea if I have any readers at all but if there’s just one person out there reading this, then I owe it to them to keep it up.
If you have been, thanks very much for reading this.