Hey guys, it’s been a long time since my last post. I hope that you are all doing really, really well with your food and your life in general. If you are struggling, I’m happy to provide you with all of the support that I can. E-mail any questions to be featured here on the blog to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just a short update on my situation before I move on to the reader question today. I don’t know if you will be surprised or not, but I have moved on from a UWL/Starchivore diet and I am experimenting with other WFPB dietary patterns. I don’t want to go into all of the details right here, right now, but I will tell you that I felt like I needed a change both physically and emotionally and that I am very, very happy with where I am right now.
I have learned A TON more incredible stuff about food addiction and how to live my best life and I am feeling phenomenal. One of my favorite lessons that I picked up lately is that just because something is good for you for a while doesn’t mean that it is going to work for you forever, as difficult as change may be. Some things are for a lifetime, but some things are simply for a season. And that’s OKAY. It’s okay to recognize that you are stuck somewhere that you no longer belong and that you need and want to move on. So with that, I will tell you that the UWL/Starchivore diet was great for me while it lasted, but that it was best for me to move on. I’m as committed as I ever have been to maintaining being sugar and flour free and also to a whole food, plant based diet. Those things quite possibly might last for my lifetime, but I certainly can’t predict the future with 100% certainty anymore.
And now onto today’s important question.
I think I read something on your About page a few months ago that said you didn’t beat yourself up if you ever ate a bite or two of something that wasn’t plant based? Is that correct? Can you link me to a post that you may have written on this subject? Seems like I remember that you had a name for a person that was a healthy eater. orthorexia?
I am an on again, off again plant based follower. My family is not and sometimes when I make something for them, I don’t always make my main dish separate. I’ll end up having what they are having.
I beat myself up so much when I do this and I spiral into days of bad eating.
Eating healthy in this day and age is a lot for anyone to navigate and it can become completely and totally overwhelming for many people, leading up to some folks experiencing real psychological distress over the whole thing. And that’s pretty normal in my opinion, given the ridiculous amount of conflicting nutritional information out there! Even within the plant based community, the conflicting information could put any reasonable person on complete and total overload. To eat oil or not to eat oil? Nuts or no nuts? Sugar or no sugar? Flour or no flour? A little bit of animal product is okay in an otherwise healthy diet or any animal is going to kill you and destroy the plant while you are at it? Seriously, you are NOT alone in your struggle with all of this.
The amount of guilt that these decisions can cause in an otherwise healthy person is quite concerning to me. And that is what leads up to some people feeling tremendous anxiety over what they eat to the point where it’s been classified as a psychological disorder. Some even have to look into doing things like getting products from a medical cannabis dispensary so that they can still function normally.
(5) Planning your food and writing it down in advance helps. There is this very real phenomenon called “decision making fatigue.” Simply put, people tend to make poorer decisions as the day drags on simply because we run out of decision making steam after a long day of making decisions. And who doesn’t need to make decisions all day long? That’s why it’s best to take all of the decision making about our food choices out of the picture. One way to do that it to write down what you are going to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner either the night before or that morning. Then simply don’t make any more decisions about the food that you are going to eat. You are already covered. This may seem daunting, but it gets very easy once you put it into practice. Again, I learned this technique from The Beck Diet Solution. It worked for me years ago and I have to admit I’ve put it back into practice today. I need to take my decision making fatigue seriously!