Saying Hello To My New Diet

In the great words of Shakespeare’s Juliet, “Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.”

This week, I’ve said goodbye to many foods and drinks. Some were old favorites that I will surely miss, but most were items that I’ve been meaning to eliminate from my diet for quite awhile. 

As much as I’ve tried to avoid giving certain foods their pink slips, I have finally come to the conclusion that their dismissal is a critical, unavoidable step to creating the body I desire.

As difficult as it may be at first, I’ve made it impossible for my plans to fail. If I simply eat what is allowed and avoid what has been eliminated, I should reach my goals in no time. So far, so good.

Let’s just hope that cravings don’t get the best of me. 😛

Allowed Foods

All vegetables (including potatoes)

All fruits

Sushi

Chicken, turkey, beef

Plant-based “meat”

Fish

Nuts and Seeds (no peanuts or walnuts)

Popsicles (100 calories or less, very low sugar)

Frozen yogurt* (tart only)

Water (flat or sparkling, non-sweetened)

Tea (unsweetened or with no-calorie sweetener)

Kombucha

Light hot cocoa powder (80 calories or less per serving)

Coffee (one cup per day maximum)

Cereal (150 calories or less per serving)

Milk (2% fat or less) and cream

Cheese (any non-processed)

Yogurt (200 calories or less per serving)

Oats and grains

Tortilla* (corn only, unless it is not available)

Seed crackers

Beans and legumes

Homemade sauces and dressings (low calorie only)

Popcorn (lightly salted, no butter, cheese, or caramel flavoring)

Herbs and seasonings

Broths

Raw honey

Butter and olive oil (in extreme moderation and only when necessary)

*May only be eaten once a week

Banned” Foods

Soda

Juice*

Wine and alcohol*

Pork

Eggs

Fast Food

Chips, crackers, pretzels 

Bread (including croutons and various bread derivatives)*

Buns, rolls, bagels, biscuits

Muffins, donuts, pastries

Rice (white and brown, excluding the rice in sushi)

Pasta and noodles (including ramen)

Processed meat 

Processed cheeses

All baked desserts*

Ice cream

Chocolate

Candy

Traditional pizza (cauliflower pizza crust is okay)

Store-bought sauces and dressings*

Added sugar (white or brown)

Flour (except in tortillas)

Shrimp, crab, lobster

Other seafood

Syrups (excluding pure maple)

Pancakes, waffles

Peanuts, walnuts 

Nut butters 

Processed snacks

Hashbrowns or French fries (yes, they’re potato, but they aren’t allowed)

*Permitted in very limited amounts during holidays/birthday/vacations

Whew! I couldn’t remember everything, so I’m sure the “banned” list is missing quite a few things. However, the first list is pretty much everything I will be eating, so if it isn’t on there, I probably can’t have it. I will definitely update the lists if I remember any obvious things that were missed.

It’s funny because my “banned” foods list looks so much shorter than it feels when I’m actually shopping. You never notice how many forms of bread there are until you decide to cut them all from your diet. Suddenly, you can’t have toast, a simple sandwich, or croutons on your favorite salad.

Of course, bread was one of the foods I decided to allow on special holidays and such, but I’m really going to see if I can avoid it for as long as possible. 

As for my “allowed” foods list, I love how many of the items aren’t even actual foods, but beverages! I must admit that I’m highly partial to having something enjoyable to drink, but at least I can do so with little guilt thanks to having plenty of low calorie options. ☕️

Today was my first official day adhering to the new diet because I needed to “dispose” of (aka eat) some remaining crescent rolls that were lurking in the fridge. However, I got straight up today, ordered the remaining items I needed to get off to a proper start, and enjoyed my first dang-near-everything-free day. 😂

Today’s Food:

I usually don’t eat breakfast, so today was no exception.

For lunch, I had two small ground turkey burger patties (no bun, obviously) on top of a bed of plain mixed lettuce with a light sprinkling of gorgonzola cheese. On the side, I had a serving of a tropical cabbage slaw that I made yesterday (OMG I love that stuff so much and there’s next to no calories in it).

Throughout the day I had my customary iced green tea, but I also tried some new sparkling water and was quite content. Goodbye, soda!

My midday snack was a small bowl of vanilla yogurt (approx. 1/2 cup) with a sprinkling of cinnamon oat granola.

For my evening snack (aka dinner), I had a sliced apple with thin slices of sharp cheddar and a drizzle of raw honey.

And because I couldn’t resist the allure of my newly purchased Whole Foods snacks, I went ahead and busted open the box of cold brew coffee popsicles. For 80 calories, I was super impressed– and satisfied.

Overall, I was extremely happy with how today’s eating went. I didn’t miss a single one of my “banned” foods, which kinda surprised me. Everything tasted really good and my body seems to enjoy the change so far, so I couldn’t have asked for a more successful launch of my new life. 🙂

I think I am going to focus more on sharing aspects of my diet for awhile. Of course, I’m still going to workout and document what I do on a day to day basis, but my diet is probably the area that needs the most attention at this point in time.

Therefore, if you’re into learning about healthy snacks and recipes, you will probably thoroughly enjoy my upcoming posts. I’m really excited to create new meals out of the options I have available to me, so I’m sure there will be plenty of recipes and reviews by the time this whole thing is over.

One of the most shocking things about today has to be my attitude/mood. This is truly the happiest that I’ve been in… a really, really long time. Every fiber of my being is just glowing; I’m ecstatic for no reason in particular. I mean, I’ve been walking around all day like:

I’m not even sure what to compare this feeling to. It’s just that feeling you get–deep down within your soul– that confirms that you’ve made a good decision.

There isn’t a shred of resentment or negativity associated with having to cut ties with foods I originally didn’t want to give up, which is crazy because this would have been the worst day of my life a year ago. I would have been cranky and irritated that other people could have muffins and I couldn’t. 😂

At this point, I am hyper-focused on what I want to achieve, so I no longer care what I have to give up in order to see it come to pass. And it will happen too. This time, I’m going to make sure that it does.

That’s it for today, you guys. I’ve got to go get my workout in before it gets any later, so I’ll be back tomorrow! 🙂

Today was Day 67.

☔️ For everything, there is a season. ☀️


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