Yesterday morning I weighed 166 pounds, a gain of 6 pounds. Not bad considering I ate what everyone else was eating, especially ice cream and candy. However, as soon as I went off my diet, I could feel the difference. I didn’t feel as good. Did I stop indulging? No. I ate like everyone else. I relaxed and enjoyed myself with the family and had fun, knowing I would be getting back to my healthy diet eventually. After all, it is a life style change, not a diet, right?
Yesterday was the first day I was able to stick to the diet . . . I mean life style change . . . after several days of false starts. I’m not mad at myself for any of the false starts. Being angry with myself would be counter productive. Health guru David Wolfe wrote in one of his books (and I am paraphrasing extremely) that if a person decides to indulge in a treat, they would be better off simply enjoying the indulgence without judgement rather than beating themselves up about it, which would cause stress and negative energy, and could possibly be worse for the person than the treat itself.
For me, false starts are an OK way of easing into something. Typically false starts happen when I am not prepared. Having the right food prepared ahead of time makes the transition from regular food to a special diet much more doable. When I don’t have my diet friendly substantial foods ready to eat when I get hungry, after the celery juice and fruits of the morning, I feel tired and don’t want to prepare anything, so I eat whatever I can get my hands on, and chalk up another false start. That’s OK for a little while but then I gear up and prepare for success.
The substantial food I depend on I like to call “candy”. My “candy” is a mix of nuts and seeds, powdered greens, dried fruit, coconut oil, and honey. Once I had prepared my health food “candy” ahead of time I was successful. Along with the fresh fruits and veggies for eating, juicing, and salads, I had my sweet and yummy “candy”. This “candy” is a great energy food.
My “candy” is very similar to energy balls that herbalist Rosemary Gladstar describes in her book “Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health”. I took the idea and plugged in the foods from the Medical Medium diet, and voila’, “candy” that tastes good and is good for me too. I reach for this “candy” when I would ordinarily reach for a sandwich or cereal. I eat my “candy” instead of a meal.
Today’s “candy” was made from a mix of 1 c. chopped Brazil nuts, 1/2 c. shredded coconut, 1/2 c. sesame seeds, 1/2 c. ground hemp seeds, 1/2 c. dried cranberries, 1 c. prunes, 3/4 c. dried figs, 1/4 c. coconut oil, 1/8 c. spirulina, 1/8 c. chlorella, 1/8 c. cinnamon, enough honey to get it all sticking together, and a little bit of salt. A food processor chops everything up nice and fine and rolls it together as it gets sticky. When the consistency is sticky enough, sort of like thick cookie dough, the mix can be rolled into little balls and put into the refrigerator to harden a bit. Before refrigerating, the balls can be rolled in sesame seeds, coconut, chocolate powder, or other fine ingredient that keeps your fingers from getting sticky or oily when you pick them up to eat them (if that is important to you). The “candy” ingredients can be changed to include whatever works for you on your own personal diet and according to your preferences.
Each ball is a bite sized morsel, easy to pick up and eat. I don’t think I would be as successful in this life style change without them.