Since signing up for the Mayo Clinic weight loss plan, Maria and I have begun to think about food differently. We talk about it often and are excited about what we are doing.
We shop together, but also make dinner together. Maria loves food and creative cooking, but she doesn’t need to lose weight.
We are having fun, something we didn’t expect to be doing with a radically different diet. Tonight’s dinner(above) was an Asian-style mix of turkey, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, and beans mixed with rice noodles, hoisin sauce.
We don’t follow the recommended meal plan precisely; we add something and leave some things.
But it’s pretty close, and this idea of mixing brown rice and barley and rice noodles with a stir-fry vegetable mix is working for me. I like it a lot. It’s not a chore or a grind.
I’m losing weight every day, and mostly in small amounts, the best way to lose weight over time. I avoid the weight obsession, which can throw healthy eating off balance.
This way of shopping and eating is a huge change, and every day I learn to love things I rarely ate before, and my previous diet was almost always healthy. But not this healthy. The elimination of all sugar and white carbohydrates is one big chance; the other is making vegetables half of my daily diet.
But will it last? Meals were a battleground in my family; they were unpleasant and often frightening.
We were expected to eat every drop of what we were fed, and I developed an earthy floating for slimy vegetables. There were lots of heavy red meats and huge pies.
Food was just something to keep me alive and working; I never really gave it much thought. It is exciting to learn more about and begin to enjoy things I never bought or ate or learned to cook.
But my nature – impatience, distraction, impulse – is working against me. I understand that I am my own worst enemy here, so I need to come to a new understanding of myself.
I love new challenges, but sometimes I get bored with them when they get old. That has not happened much since I married Maria. I never tire of writing, working at the Mansion or Bishop Maginn, or blogging or taking photos or reviewing movies or living with Maria or the dogs and donkeys and sheep.
So perhaps I can stay with this as well.
Tomorrow, I’m making one of their recommended breakfasts. The Mayo people call it an Apple Spice Smoothie.
It is made by blending nonfat plain Greek Yoghurt, a small apple, a banana, old-fashioned rolled oats, almond butter, and cinnamon, and blending it all. I’ve come to love these fruit smoothies; I look forward to making them and eating them.
I’m seeking to lose 30 lbs. This will be difficult and require patience, willpower, discipline, and focus. I’ve had a great couple of weeks, but most people who set out to lose weight lose it in the first few weeks. Six months later, it’s back.
It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and will require thought and planning.
It’s not really about counting calories; it’s about seeing food in a completely different way. The first week had been a hoot. Let’s see where we are in a month or so.