Whatever was going to happen, it was going to have to be drastic.
It didn't take long for me to combine info I'd gleaned from a coworker who had recently gone vegan and a book I had recently bought to formulate my plan.
Here it is:
- Eat as many veggies as I can stuff in my face, with leafy greens at the base of the pyramid. Salad, salad, salad!
- Try to cut back animal protein to less than 10% of calories.
- Eradicate as many refined carbs (sugar, white flour) as I can.
- Be cautious with whole grains until I get a good chunk of weight off.
- Eat a small amount of nuts, maybe 1-2 oz per day.
- Wean myself off dairy (ah, butter! ah, cheese! oh, half&half! sob!)
- And just in case that's not enough, decaffeinate while I'm at it. (That alone should take care of most of my little, ahem, half&half problem.)
No, I'm not going vegan -- I really really dislike the label and all it implies, and besides, I'm not that disciplined! It sounds scary to think about, but honestly, how can I go wrong basing my diet primarily on fruits and veggies, nuts and legumes, and eventually grains?
The hard part: Changing my cooking habits, especially on those weeknights when I get home, completely brain dead, with my young son at 5:45pm and have to get something on the table, pronto. Hate to admit it, but "Blue Box" comes in handy at times like that. I don't really like to cook much anyway, so this plan requires a lot more mental energy than I'm used to spending on producing food, at least initially. And I'm not restricting my son to the same foods so I have to plan for that too.
But when I start to waver, all I have to do is remember that moment in the hotel room. And I've lost 3 lbs in the first week, which makes it a little easier to take.
Besides, sharing the tedious minutiae of my process with the universe will be fun!