Two facts about me – 1) I am a fitness enthusiast and 2) I am as lazy as they come. Kind of contradictory, but true. Neither of these facts has anything to do with food. What does have to do with food is the fact that my life has in some way always revolved around it. I love food, no questions there! Do I eat to live or live to eat? A little bit of both, I dont think of food as merely fuel for my body and neither do I think of food all the time like people in traditional societies do that spend hours cooking.
Why this question now? I am (or was until last night) reading a book by Dr. Joel Fuhrman called “Eat To Live”. He suggests a 6 week plan of mostly plant based food. Which in itself doesnt sound too bad, but when I started following his plan, I found that his menu required hours of preparation for something I did not love. I am known among acquaintances as the vegetarian who does not love salads, so it was that much harder for me to make my own dressings and salads. Especially since my darling husband sat at the same table wolfing down a cheese pizza while I struggled through bite after bite of lettuce drenched in home made apple and hemp dressing (sigh!).
One thing I have realized- if I did stick with it, this program would make me super healthy and thin. Another thing I realized-I love food and the not-so-good-for-you stuff too much! I was supremely miserable the 2 days I did follow the diet, and managed to still cheat with a bite of the pizza. Not a good beginning! So while I decided to strive for moderation, I ate butter sandwiches and milk cookies….ummmm….I can see the “good” me shaking her head sadly.
Who was it that said that as soon as you get on a diet, the whole world tries to get you off it? Whoever it was said it right! I wanted to experiment with this diet since I mentioned it to my family. My dad and mom both have health issues that I think could be resolved with such a diet. Honestly though, I doubt they (especially dad who has a sweet tooth) can stick with it. Mom will eat anything if you told her it was healthy and vegetarian….but anyway, I can hardly advertise something I have not tried and cannot stand behind.
That said, it is back to hitting the kitchen with a head of lettuce and a mandoline slicer for my cucumbers et all.
P.S. I had been tracking my food on MyFitnessPal. This diet is impossible to track!! My one meal had 20 ingredients (1/4cup mushroom, 1/2 cup kale etc etc) It drove me nuts. So for now, this diet goes untracked. I have a guest coming over this weekend….post which I will try to go back to being good 🙂