Today I want to talk to you about something I know all too well. Diets. We’ve all tried them. Some work. Some don’t. Some are temporary. Some feel permanent. I no longer follow diets. In fact I have point blank shunned the word from my radar! So let me tell you about the time I stopped dieting for good.
I really wanted to lose weight. This was no different than any other time but this time I really wanted to and not just for looks. I wanted to improve at CrossFit. So why not try the Zone diet? A lot of CrossFitters follow it and it works for them so why not for me? Well here’s what happened. Day one went well. I was hungry but commited. By the end of the night I was starving. I stuck to my guns and begrudgingly ate my apple with cinnamon. I went to bed early hoping my hunger would disappear with sleep. Well it didn’t work. I woke up hungry in the night. Couldn’t sleep. Woke up grouchy the next morning starving. I ate my eggs and squash just wondering how anyone does this. CrossFit was rough. My energy was just not there. Why you ask. Well the nutritionist in me knew it was the less than 1200 calorie day I had eaten the day before but the CrossFitter in me wanted me to fight through. Let me tell you something your body will always win and I know this. That night, day 2 of the zone, I was getting ready for dinner and all I wanted was chocolate and bread. Dramatic I know. Then I thought about it. How could I make these veggies more appealing? It wasn’t to zone them out, measure them and coat them in an evenly measured teaspoon of olive oil. It wasn’t what I wanted. So I did something. I gave myself permission to eat the veggies but to have them anyway I liked. Magically I suddenly craved the veggies. I roasted them, my favorite way to eat them. I sprinkled them with sea salt and pepper. Drizzled a tiny bit of melted grass fed butter and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Perfection. Not Zone but Perfect. Just what I wanted and I ate my veggies. Had I gone on with the Zone I probably would have lasted another few days starving then gotten majorly too hungry and eaten too much. Just another drastic cycle I needed to end. This was the last “diet” I ever followed and I am proud of it.
The Veggies in All Their Glory!
Do you “diet”? Why do you feel like you need to? How do they turn out for you??? Which ones have you tried?
Happy non dieting!