Sometimes it doesn't take an expert to wake us up to a truth. It can be a suggestion from anywhere that "rings possible" and starts us to question something enough to change ... just to see what happens. So that's what I'm doing and I'm liking it so far. If nothing else comes of this experiment I've learned that I can get by just fine without that crutch. I think this is a new era of less cheese for me.
I've also not missed sugary-tasting (sugar substitute) things and I wonder if that will continue once the honeymoon of this new plan wears off. I imagine that depends on whether or not it proves effective over a longer haul than just the first week.
I've been drinking lots of water and though I only intended to reduce my diet soda consumption it turned out differently. I had several meetings yesterday and so chugged an 18oz bottle before they started. I was then kept occupied until about 3pm. After 3pm I looked at my empty drink container and unopened can of diet soda and thought hmm, if there is a possibility the sugar substitute is tricking my body into reacting as if it's sugar, why not go without it for the rest of the day? I mean I'd made it that far due to the meetings so why not take advantage of that unintentional boost. So I did. And I drank even more water.
And I found that not having diet soda all day wasn't as difficult as I imagined. Drinking nothing but water all day had me visiting the restroom about twice as much though. Does diet soda cause the body to have to "go" less? I don't know. Maybe it was just due to the quantity of water I was drinking. lol
I don't expect I will put a complete ban on diet soda every day but I do think reducing my consumption of it won't be a problem now that I'm committed to drinking water.
I'm cooking every night to put together meals for the next day and to stash some extras in the fridge if I make enough. That is freeing up my mind from wondering what I'm going to pack for lunch each morning and is quite nice. The restriction of Protein. Legume. Veggy. is also simplifying things.
|pork shoulder, peppers&onions|
12:30pm ... grr ... work delayed my meal so 5 hours
passed between breakfast and lunch. I need to get a pack
of peanuts to prevent that from ever happening again.
|ground beef, black beans, salsa|
|chicken, red beans, onion&celery|