You know the rolled eyes? The one that means, “Thought you were dieting?”
I’ve also been directly asked, “Why are you eating that? I thought you were dieting?” Or, “But that’s high fat.”
See, I’m not depriving myself. I’m not changing my whole eating plan. I am not making wholesale changes.
What I am doing is making one small change – to my snacks.
(And no getting around it by saying I will have the slice of cake for lunch. Cakes and bikkies are not lunch food.)
I still have oven fries occasionally with my steak for dinner. And BBQ sauce, which is high in sugar.
I still have pasta. With grated cheese on top.
I still go out for Indian or Thai.
I still have the occasional toasted white bread with jam for breakfast.
Diets, where you have to follow a menu of foods you wouldn’t normally eat, don’t work. You cannot sustain it. No one can. You won’t eat what you don’t like or don’t normally eat. You come off “The Diet” and put the weight back on.
But a small change, a change to my snacks, a return to 1970s view of treats, has had a big impact on my diet, diet in the broader sense of what we eat daily.
There is scope to make more small changes should I feel the need or feel I am up to it. Portion size, alcohol reduction, more protein, more fish. I might look at those. But for now, I can definitely see the principles of Droptober continuing, even if more “special” foods slipped in while on No no no November.
I don’t feel deprived. If the cake is delish, and it is a special occasion, and I have not had it every day in the past week, I can treat myself.
Now, all this might fly out the window if my cholesterol continues to rise. But as my waist is shrinking and my weight is decreasing, I hope there is a commensurate decrease in my cholesterol.
And while I went nearly totally cold turkey in
October Droptober, I allowed myself the occasional treat. A treat in Droptober that had some eyes rolling at work…. A gluten free mango cake. My God it is the most delicious thing you have ever tasted. It is worth whatever its calorie content. I had two small pieces. It is such a rare treat as it has to be especially ordered in with 24 hours notice; this one was because we had an international delegation visiting our workplace. I haven’t asked where I can get it from. I don’t want to be tempted to get it too frequently.