You know you can do it. You’ve seen other people do it. The recipes seem ok, taste ok, look simple enough but….what about the sugar?
What about the cheese?
How does anything taste ok?!
I just have to think back to when I would have several weetbix for breakfast with tons of sugar and floating in milk – full cream of course, sometime followed by toast, butter and vegemite and sometimes even bacon and eggs and always with a pot of tea with milo and sugar.
Then I’d have ham and lettuce sandwiches for lunch, Tim Tams for afternoon tea
Steak, shepherds pie, lamb chops or chicken for dinner with some salad or vegetables, then ice cream with Milo on top.
I remember it well. Don’t think for one minute that I have always eaten the way I do now.
Food has always fascinated me, not in a “gourmet cooking show” type way, but in a “why do I feel good sometimes and bloated at others, why do I cough sometimes and then not, for days,
Why do I have pimples at the age of 40?” type of way.
I’ve been experimenting with it for decades and practiced so many different ways of eating its not even worth getting into them all here. But I do understand the difficulty of going out to dinner and not being able to eat anything on the menu because of my newfound ‘diet’ (for which starvation seemed to be part of it at times).
Even recently being invited to Christmas lunch and having the hosts almost die on the spot when they realised I don’t eat meat or dairy (they were having roast pork and baked veggies with cream sauce), they actually cancelled the whole thing due to the feelings of inadequacy they felt regarding providing any sort of food for me. Luckily I wasn’t offended and we remained friends.
So – how do you change your eating habits of a lifetime? How to remove those emotional addictions to food and replace them with something else that provides a feeling of wellbeing – god, I hate that word sometimes.
Basically we all just want to feel good, feel fit and energetic, have the energy and enthusiasm to get on with our day, eat our food with the minimum of fuss and go to bed without a stomach that looks like we are 8 months pregnant and feels like a vice has been placed in our innards.
Thats it really isn’t it. It’s simple.
But then the words of advice from our parents or our parents parents come up to haunt us, “where do you get your protein” “you are looking too skinny, eat more”, and then there are the family recipes that can never be overlooked – how can we have a family get together without a baked Sunday lunch with the leg of lamb, piles of baked vegetables and gravy and the family tradition of cheesecake to follow (I must admit that when I stopped doing the Sunday lunch my kids did stop coming around – makes you think doesn’t it).
So it hasn’t always been smooth sailing when changing my diet. But on the upside my sons do know how to make a mean smoothie, their wives and girlfriends make the most amazing vegan sweets and some of them do eat more salad. It’s a matter of me leading by example, but sometimes they are a bit standoffish.
How bad do you feel when you eat a meal? And What are you prepared to give up to feel well?
There are 3 items to remove from your diet that will make an enormous difference.
- The first one is sugar, by sugar I mean the processed type not the fruit type, fructose is fine, eat as much fruit as you want – and if you doubt me – show me a fat fruitarian and then I’ll rethink. Sugar is everywhere, it’s in just about every processed food you buy, sushi, macdonalds, hungry jacks, dried fruit have added sugar as well so avoid them, some breads do too, even rice cakes! The best way to avoid them completely is to eat whole foods, that means nothing from a packet – and I mean nothing.
- The second one is wheat. We in Australia have only one strain of wheat, no variety is left anymore , the government has done something to ensure that all farmers grow the same sort, so we are overwhelmed by a repetitive type of over processed food that’s been whipped into shape with its added vitamins and other rubbish. I believe that”s why I swell up like a balloon when I eat it, I have eaten bread in Austria with no problem at all, they have many different varieties of wheat over there, there’s far less chance of suffering overload. Wheat is also in heaps of processed and packet food. The farmers need to get rid of it and the gov is subsidising them so it has to be put somewhere. it’s simply everywhere. Once again to avoid it eat whole foods – not biscuits, wheat pasta, breakfast cereal. Unless you make your own you have no idea whats in it.
- and Thirdly – Dairy – oh no NOT THE CHEESE! – I hear. Yep, cheddar, brioche, feta, all soft cheeses, hard cheeses, cheese platters, milk, yep even skim milk and A2 milk as well, organic milk is also out and even raw milk, no yoghurt, skim milk yoghurt or organic yoghurt, most shop bought dips have dairy in them, chocolate almost always has milk (although there are vegan chocolate or you can make great chocolate treats) and of course cream, cream cheese, sour cream, ghee and buttermilk. (Buttermilk was a hard one to give up – I used to make the best buttermilk scones)
So there it is – a quick and nasty guide on what to give up.
Do one thing at a time, remove the sugar first, take your time. Its always good to ease yourself into it because the frustration that comes from not knowing what to substitute it with is enormous, as well as the feelgood advantage of eating what you usually have. It’s not called ‘comfort-food’ for nothing.
I will be posting sugar free food here often, they are all easy recipes and keep well also.
If you are thinking about changing your diet, want to lose weight or just want to clean it up a bit but don’t know where to start – I have an awesome 7 Day Food Mindset Mastery Course that may well suit you
Or if you’d prefer a more personalised approach Here’s a link to my Coaching