As I write it is, in fact, no longer Monday morning but Monday lunchtime. Which is great because it means the worst part of the week is over. I have work I adore – communications and PR for the wonderful relationship charity OnePlusOne which recently launched a really excellent service for separated parents called Splitting Up? Put Kids First. It’s really lovely to do work you enjoy and that you know is worthwhile and helpful. Relationships have been my “thing” for a very long time.
My diet is going… okayish, I think. The weather is improving, I’ve a Spring break coming up, my birthday next month (which means CAKE!) and, well, life is good! So if I get Monday morning feeling with all this going for me, goodness knows what it must be like for people who have a lot less! Just checking my privilege there! Always a good thing to do from time to time on a diet blog because some people have no choice about not eating.
Sugar-free life is tough
I must now confess I am finding the sugar-free life tough going. I decided the best way to stop taking sugar in my tea and coffee wasn’t to cut down but to cut it out. Just stop. Same as did with cigarettes. Well it hasn’t entirely worked. I stopped taking sugar but… I was turning to sweet things elsewhere. Seems I need a degree of sugar in my diet, or shall we just say sweetness, in order to continue. So I’ve made an executive decision because I am the decider to allow a small amount of sweet food in my diet. By which of course I mean carbs. All carbs count as the same thing on a Paleo regime.
The 80/20 option
What I am aiming for is to have no more than 20% of my calories from sugar sources so that includes fruit, bit of sugar in my tea and coffee cos can’t stand it without and a few squares of chocolate a week – very dark with high rate of cocoa solids in it but still counts as sugar. Also of course wine! If I take in about 1800 calories a day, a generous amount for one who wishes to lose weight, but only say 300 are from sugar, if that, I reckon it’ll be okay but we’ll see. It’s worth having a little of what I fancy, nay, need, in order to keep the main show on the road. That’s my bit of justification.
A lovely blog
This is a lovely blog written by my friend and nutritional counsellor Loren Grant about how well she is on the Paleo regime. Called, It’s only my harden arteries that keep me standing Loren explains how she came to Paleo via Atkins and says in ten years of following a high-protein regime she feels a lot healthier. It was only reading Loren’s blog on her excellent Foodwiser site that I realised I too haven’t had a cold since I began doing Paleo! I hate saying that because it feels like tempting fate but it is true. I nearly always come down with a cold at some point in Winter – you too? But especially over Christmas. Not last Christmas. Last Christmas you gave me a break…
Yesterday being Sunday I had a few chores to do which included digging up some old photos for a friend I am seeing soon. Inevitably came across a few of me. God I used to be thin! I used to be SO thin. Well, thinner. Yet would you believe I thought I was fat? Ain’t that always the case? Also it used to be so much easier when I was in my 20s and 30s to lose weight. I miss those days. I miss putting on four pounds after a night out then taking it all straight back off. I can’t do that anymore. We just have to accept that we change as we grow older. Our minds change and our bodies do too.
Course the mind changing stuff is all good. You care less about what people think as you grow older – or most people do. You find your own identity and become more comfortable in your own skin – even if there’s a heck of a lot more of it. Also you set more easily-achieved goals. Having interesting work, a home and someone you love who loves you back is about the pinnacle of all I want right now. And I feel so lucky to have all that. Everything and anything else is a bonus. Yes it would be nice to be a bit slimmer. It would certainly be healthier. But I can’t be who I was in my 20s and 30s. Getting pleasure from small things – such as hearing birdsong right now – is a true blessing and I’m counting it!
Have a good week and see you later on sometime.