Progress report: Day five of Atkins induction
I went from a raving potato chip hugging maniac on day two to being absolutely not at all hungry on day five. Hello, diet. Ficklemuch?
Ever have those days when nothing sounds at all good? You’re not hungry, so you don’t want to artificially force down food if you’re truly listening to your body’s cues. At the same time, you know you need to eat more than the three slices of bacon you had today.
I decided to hunker down with an andouille topped with the good fixins, so that’s my dinner tonight and I’m enjoying it, even though I’m not hungry at all. And I am losing weight at a crazy-fast pace. I can’t wait to share those numbers with you next Thursday!
A tip: Mt. Olive splenda-sweetened sweet relish is a squeeze filled with win!
|Eating clean: Egg drop soup for a cold
First Week Tips
And while I’m watching the hilariously funny show “Psych” on netflix and sipping on my Diet Hansen’s Root beer, it came to me that after years and years and years of low carb carnal knowledge, some things that come naturally to me (vis a vis, glaring, possibly embarrassing mistakes. Like the time I poured the oil down the dipstick of my car because I didn’t know where it went) might not be obvious.
First of all, I want to give you permission to be yourself. You are wonderful and unique in your life experiences, so don’t feel that what applies to someone won’t apply to you. Based on years of talking to low carbers, here are some tips that kick many a new dieter in the shins with a pair of “DRAT!” shoes:
1. If you don’t have the book for your chosen eating plan yet, get it. The true, factual information you need is there. Having the book means making the best possible, informed choices for yourself. Some cheeses are all right on Atkins induction… some are not. Some fats are OK on South Beach and some are not. Grab that information in your hot little hands, dog-eared and marked when necessary. Make the book as ugly as you please. This is your reference book– use it!
As an aside: We know the world isn’t perfect. If you have a question while waiting for your book, check online with a reliable resource. Look for south each sites for south Beach information and Atkins sites for Atkins information. Be cautious of advice since one person following a plan might not be how the plan is actually written.
For Atkins 2002 questions, I still sometimes visit atkinsdietbulletinboard.com and use their search feature. Look for advice from people like megs, georgiana, elizellen and 2big, all knowledgeable board members/mods I trust implicitly. I was a moderator there at one time, so I know they know their stuff. Of course, you’re welcome to ask me as well. Been there, done that, doing it again.
2. Not even a bite. Don’t think you should take the occasional bite of something verboten. I’m over here dying to sink my teefs into some cottage cheese with sunflower seeds (later on the plan) or lick a sour cream and onion potato chip (Homer Simpson guttural drool). Guess what– I can’t. I won’t. Not even one bite. I don’t want to mess up my progress. I went through hell the first few days. Do I really want to go there? Just be strong and know you’re going to enjoy healthy, delicious foods again in due time, and lose your taste for the notsogood stuff as your taste buds change (and they do).
As an aside: Keep reading to avoid at least two of the traps new low carbers fall into.
3. What’s wasting food? If you’re a parent, you probably hate seeing your kids toss parts of their meal you might have otherwise eaten (likewise spouses seeing food go to ‘waste’ on your wife’s or husband’s plate). You were raised to clean your plate, so you hate seeing those last bites of cake go into the trash–plus, they taste good. Or you went to McDonalds and you got the burger meal for the cheaper drink and burger, but you hated the idea of tossing the fries. Why throw away the good stuff? I’m saying this to you now: Let it go. Remember, food is only wasted if you ate it and it went right to your hips, and throwing it into your mouth isn’t feeding starving children in Africa anymore than tossing it in the trash. Also know that fries are the cheap part of the meal. The meat costs McD’s much more than the fries.
As an aside: We know you might still worry about being wasteful, and that’s never bad. To stop food going into the trash, serve smaller portions or don’t order it. Sorry. 🙂 Hate me now, love me later.
5. Invoke medical time-out. You’re at a party and someone is really pushing the “just one bite” on you. While thanking the hostess, just tell them the truth: “I am so sorry! It looks absolutely delicious, but my doctor said no.” They don’t need to know your doctor is Dr. Atkins (Atkins). Or r. Agatston (South Beach). Or even Dr. Thompson (Low Glycemic-Load). Or Dr. Phil. Or Dr. Oz. Or Dr. Seuss. Removing the blame and judgment from your hostess trying to ply you harmlessly with cake and putting it on a medical professional works.
As an aside: We know it’s hard to say no, even with a medical condition. Just remember: if you’re like millions of Americans, you have a food intolerance to sugar and to flour. That pretty much counts everything out you don’t want to eat anyway. Even if your hostess doesn’t care about your doctor, she doesn’t want to risk you passing out and going into convulsions on her carpet. Are you lying about a medical condition? No. You’re invoking the food intolerance clause.
5. Progress over perfection. You accidentally licked the peanut butter off of your finger before you realized–Oop! It happens! Fuggetabout it. Move on and know most of us have done that in the beginning, too!
As an aside: We know you hate to let the frosting beaters go unlicked. Lick them with your brain and go enjoy some whipped, sweetened (with no-carb sweetener) cream cheese beaters instead!
What are your first-week experiences? Please share them below and help others have a successful first seven days!