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Friday, September 27, 2013

Primal Watching: My Foray into the World of Dual Diets

I don't know what got into me, but I'm on this "be healthy" kick. I run, which I actually really hate... but hey! It's to be healthy. I lift weights, which I don't really have an opinion of either way, other than some of the people around me with their wretched BO. Would a little deodorant kill ya?!?

And then there's the eating, which if you know me is paramount. Junk food is bad, yes we all know that. And all the crap they've put into our food is even worse. So healthier eating. Cleaner eating. Mindful eating. Which in the end should make me weigh less, look better, and feel good about myself. That's the goal, anyways.

But how to go about this. Well, for starters, I'm back on Weight Watchers. I don't even remember if I had talked about it when I had first started. I was pretty embarrassed about the whole thing. So why go back on it? Work discount pulled me in this time, although the discount seems to be a whopping dollar. Woowhee... am I saving money, or what?!?

But sarcastic comments aside, as long as you put the effort into it, it will work. You may not agree with the point system, it does reign in on the eating "bad food" and forces you to make better choices. When I had first started, I downloaded the apps for both the daily tracker and the food points scanner. I walked into the supermarket and started scanning like crazy. Secretively, of course. It was shocking to find out that foods I thought were okay, weren't in the eyes of WW. So I ate more vegetables and fruits. Switched to seltzer when I needed the bubbles and drank more water. It was also at this time when I got a membership with PF. Not only does food get points, but so does your activity. If I went over my daily limit, I knew I would have to go to the gym to make up for it.

Eating healthier, exercising... of course I saw weight loss. And it was great. But then I got tired of logging in my meals and exercises so I cancelled my account. And I was fine for the most part. But the old lazy habits kicked back in, and my clothes that were looking pretty loose on me started to feel snug again. This is where that caveman stuff comes in.

I had been looking into the whole paleo/primal diet thing for a while. Eat lots of meat? Hell yeah! But give up bread, soy, dairy? Umm... okay? I'm Filipino fercryinoutloud... you can't ask me to give up rice! No soy sauce? Blasphemy! Not to mention the fact that my whole kitchen was pretty much filled with paleo no-no's. There was no way I was going to follow their advice of getting rid of all the non-paleo foods... I'd have nothing left.

But all these blogs... Pinterest... it seems like it wouldn't be bad. So it's been gradual. Say, 80-20. I'm eating up all the no-no's from my stocks and replacing it with more friendly items. I don't really buy bread anymore, and the only grains I've had lately are the ones found in my beer. I have on occasion eaten some bread, pasta, and rice, but only because it was part of a meal. I can't even remember the last time I've had any beans. I am slowly weaning myself off of sugar... at least the white stuff. I still add a little honey to my tea. On the dairy front, I've cut back to the occasional cheese or splash of cream in my coffee (I go days without coffee... insanity). There has been an increase of vegetables and lean meats.

The tentative results are promising. So, I'm enacting a change. I don't know how long it'll last, but I've got to start somewhere, right?

1 comment:

BakingSuit said...

Good luck! Wholly changing a diet is tough. I recently cut gluten out and while it hasn't been terrible, there are still a lot of tempting yummy no-nos out there!

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