For April (I did start April 1, I just didn’t write about it), I decided to not omit a food group but instead to not have second helpings and to not clean my plate or to leave some food on my plate.
Recap: In January, I gave up cheese and lost 4 pounds. Cheese did creep back into my diet. I’m not cheesing overboard but still cheesing. A little cheese is calcium but too much cheese is salt and fat.
In February, I gave up sugar. I didn’t lose any weight which was mind boggling to me. Sugar is like a drug and came back into the diet on March 1. Whoever said that sugar cravings go away were not speaking for my sugar cravings.
In March, I gave up bread, rolls, and buns. I gained 3 pounds. March was stressful on so many levels (work, illness, legislation) but I didn’t even miss the bread. The only time I was tempted to eat bread was when I went to dinner at JaxKitchen and wanted to use the bread to sop up the spicy chorizo-laced broth after eating melt-in-your-mouth mussels…but I refrained.
On April 3, I made myself an almond butter and apple sandwich on whole wheat. This is my breakfast.
As it gets to be the end of every month, my inquisitive but well-meaning friends ask what I’m giving up.
I was trying to think what my bad eating habits were and decided for April to give up second helpings and/or giving up eating everything on my plate.
April works like this: If I go out to eat, I must leave some food on my plate and I don’t mean the lettuce garni. For instance, last night I went to Delectables and ordered a Greek burger (yummy by the way) with potato salad. I ate the entire burger but only half the bun. So when I go out to eat, I cannot eat everything; I can choose to bring it home and eat it the next day. My refrigerator is already landscaped with styrofoam containers.
Now when I’m at home, I cannot eat second helpings — unless — it’s raw or steamed vegetables. After I make something and help myself to it, I have to put it away before I eat. Once the food is put away, I cannot get up and help myself to more, unless it’s a green vegetable free of oil or butter or sauce.
Another dining scenario is if I’m sharing an appetizer or dessert with a friend at a restaurant and we each take some food off the plate. I cannot take a second helping. Ditto for eating family style at a restaurant, no second helpings.So the people who go out to eat with me will be happier than ever.
I think this will be my greatest challenge yet.
What do you think?