I'm picking a rule, with a sub-rule from Refuse to Regain
(by Barbara Berkeley, MD) to write about. My opinions are my own, your
experience may vary. I would highly recommend the book.
|Asparagus with a tiny bit of coconut oil- I sautee everything!|
Make peace with the word diet
. I have no problem telling people that I stick to a healthy non-processed, low inflammatory, weight maintenance DIET. I'm okay with that. Then, only if they are interested, I'll use the Primal/Paleo words.
What works for me
What did not work in the past
- Eating a Primal/Paleo style diet template most of the time
- Planning to have enough meat, veggies, fruit, and oil/nuts, acceptable snacks-my diet foods on hand.
- Sticking to my diet while at home, work, travel, events, times of stress.
- Making it clear, in a kind way, that I eat this way and there is no exception, this is my diet!
- Throwing my doctor under the bus if there is fuss and hurt feelings. "Doctor says!" with a serious look on my face. Stops all protests to go off plan cold and reminds me why I do this.
- Not having a structured diet plan of solid choices
- Keeping off plan/(DIET) food items around AND eating them*
- Making exceptions for too many times and places to deviate from the diet(think GS cookies, fair food, cookie exchanges, bake sales, holiday eating, eating during times of stress or to reward myself)
- Waffle-ing back and forth and thinking it could work with steps 1-3. Slippery Slope thinking. Lack of diet ownership!
- Doing steps 1-4 and thinking I could get to and stay at goal weight without a DIET. And loosing focus of my goal.
* Disclaimer- I do have a non-Primal/Paleo family member who does have off plan food around. But I place it where I don't have to look at it and I absolutely do not choose it, no matter what!
A solid diet plan is key in my maintenance process, in my experince- like the book says. Before, trips to Costco (samples!), holidays items, fairs, baked goods, goodies brought in from trips, baking for bake sales could all derail my best intentions. Now that I have a defined DIET template and don't deviate, weight maintenance is a lot more do-able. Not easy, because cooking this way and bringing food along is a lot of work! But so worth it.
Feel free to discuss in the comments below.