For years now I have been able to just look at a photo and glance at the ingredients and make wonderful meals just happen. I am creative, quick and clean in my kitchen (for the most part), but having to follow a recipe has really messed up my rhythm and the cleanliness of my kitchen. While I am not there just yet, I know that I can re-learn cooking with these new ingredients. I just need more time and a lot more practice. It helps to remind myself that there was a time (more than 15 years ago now) that I didn't know how to make anything that didn't come with instructions printed on the package. For this reason (as well as the major health benefits), I think it's worth continuing to use grain-free and sugar-free as much as possible.
I look forward to adding some more fruit and vegetables back into my diet that were higher in sugar. I won't be adding pasta, potatoes or rice at this point, but a banana, apple or carrot is certainly something I will eat. I have had the odd slice of bread or today I ate an english muffin. I will definitely watch this and be sure to not eat any of this past lunch time. What I really need to focus most on right now is getting the 1st meal of the day in earlier though. This business of eating a piece of fruit and then nothing until lunch (a really late lunch) is not good no matter what diet you are following.
So here are my stats thus far:
- Beginning weight: 157lbs (been stuck there since having kids)
- Current weight: 150lbs
- I am still pretty tired through the day (probably the not eating early or often enough)
- Fewer junk cravings overall
- My sleep is more sound overall
- Eat more regularly
- Add more physical activity (specifically Burst Training)
- Conquer the non-grain flours and get back to my creative, improv cooking
So, which road will I be taking? The harder one of course, because if there's not a challenge in it, why do it at all? I know that we will be healthier in the end and I will learn so much along the way. Stay tuned in for more recipes (if that's your thing).