Hey-ooo! Stick around; I’ll be here all week.
Seriously though, dieting is no joke. In my last post, I kinda-sorta came out swinging with my determination to make the Whole30 diet a part of my daily routine – 30 days of no sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes. And, for 14 days, I did just that. Yes, I fell short of the 30-day goal by 16 days, but that’s just math.
What I did learn from my experience?
Plenty. For starters, I realized how important it is to eat three meals a day. Yes, it’s taken 39 years for this epiphany, but, hey, I live at my own pace. And seriously, just a few days into my new routine of eating a protein-packed breakfast, there literally was a spring in my step through the whole morning. I haven’t missed a breakfast since.
I also learned the importance of eliminating snacking after my appropriately sized dinner portion. And, to be honest, that was the hardest behavior to modify. For years, the routine always has been to raid the snack cabinet once the kids are in bed for the night.
And let’s talk lunch. The idea of breaking up my workday with an hour for nutrition was a very foreign concept to me. By kicking that habit to the curb, I’ve found my level of crankiness has decreased, and I get that needed boost of energy to carry me through the day.
While I haven’t yet worked trips to the gym into my daily routine, that change is forthcoming. I’ve already been set up with a workout regimen, and will be visiting the gym three days a week beginning this month.
How have you applied lessons learned from dieting to your eating habits once you’ve gone off the diet?