Beginning a new program, and jotting down some notes here. I have learned to eat my way to oblivion when I feel hurt, anger, fear and sometimes happiness. When bored, I turn to food. I am now embarking on a journey to redefine my emotions and my emotional habits to take better care of myself. Somewhere along the line, I learned to forget what my body was really saying, and shove all sorts of feelings down with food. Any food. The saltier, creamier, crunchier, fattening-ier, the better. But what it gave me was an obese body, several health problems and increasing dischord with my life.
At my sister’s suggestion, I re-read my copy of Ann Louise Gittleman’s Fat Flush Plan. Every time I read it, I agree with the premise. She takes you through simple steps to make better choices in eating and exercising. Though the diet is not easy, it does help with various health issues such as food sensitivities, headaches, lack of energy, insomnia, and digestive problems. The first phase lasts for 2-4 weeks and has been likened to diet boot camp. I figure if I can last through to the end, I can move on to the next phases without issue.
I have 104 pounds to lose. Let me correct that – yesterday, I had 104 pounds to lose. Today, I have 101.5 pounds to lose. I do expect the weight to fall off in this first phase as that is what it is built for – quick results as you detox the body. I do feel well-fed, and I am making pretty good choices as far as what I am eating. This is what yesterday looked like:
Cup of hot water and lemon
2 eggs scrambled with eggplant, tomatoes, celery and onion
HUGE salad with chicken, mixed greens, snow peas, celery, water chestnuts, carrots, and a few other veggies I can’t remember,plus apple cider vinegar/lemon and flax oil dressing
sauteed flank steak and garlic, veggie stir fry with onions, garlic, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, water chestnuts
At bedtime, I drank the Long-Life Cocktail, consisting of a glass of cranberry water and ground flax seed. Hmmmm. The jury is still out on whether I like this drink. I don’t typically like things floating in my juice, but I may get used to it.
There are all sorts of good-for-you supplements with this plan, which I have started. No doubt, they are what is keeping me upright as it looks like I haven’t eaten very much. I can assure you, I have. I feel pretty good, but miss my iced decaf vanilla latte.