Ah, DIET, we meet again. Yes. It is that time. I have been able to fit medicine, new workout routines, and more rest into my life (all of which could still use a lot more work to perfect), but the one thing I have struggled with the most is diet. Yes, you heard me. I am about to embark on a diet, and it is going to be awful (but hopefully that extra push I need).
The idea of dieting has always been a tough one for me, and I feel it is mostly about convenience, or lack thereof. I try to eat organic, healthy foods, but even that isn’t enough considering how delicate my health is. I can give up sugar and gluten no problem, but I’ve found that anything more intense is really tough to sustain. After a long day at school, the last thing I want to do is cook, and making up a missed breakfast on a diet is hard, especially when sugar, grain, and dairy are out. In the past, my diets have always been about my heath, and this one is no exception. I told my doctor that I wanted something with guidelines to follow, and he delivered. Tomorrow, I will be starting the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I fully expect to be resentful for the next few days until I adapt. And then, like with everything else, I’ll be on board.
But I know there will be one really big struggle ahead of me, and that is meat. I’ve been a vegetarian my whole life. Yeah. 22 years. While I have tried meat (especially recently- I’ve managed to choke down some chicken and fish), I have never had it as part of my daily diet. And I’ve never cooked it. This is going to be an adventure.
For me to be successful, I need to to commit 100%- there is no half way, no trying. I either do it, or I don’t. So I am going to dive in. If I want to be well enough to take my planned course load next spring, I am out of time (and even now, it is probably too late. But never too late to try). It is now or never, and I am determined.
So, how have your diets treated you? I’d love to know if you have any tips for making this a success. I will definitely let you all know how it is going.