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Initial thoughts on the diet

There are probably a couple of ways you can tackle a major diet change. One is to gradually introduce better stuff. The other is to go all-in from the start. I’ve decided on the latter, but only because it’s January, and it seems easier to make big changes in January.

So far, after one week, it’s been fairly painless to switch to a plant-based diet, perhaps because of the novelty and the minor sense of excitement that brings. Also, I know in the background that occasional lapses are going to be quite acceptable, should circumstances dictate.

However, Dr Greger’s ‘Daily Dozen’ looks like it’s going to be an aspiration, not something I’ll be able to 100% tick off every day. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, there’s a fair old part of it that, well, quite frankly, I’m not going to like. Cruciferous vegetables, for a start. There are only three really, and I detest all of them. Fact. I’m going to have to work hard on finding a way around that.

Secondly, it’s a lot! Honestly, the recommended 18 total ‘servings’ every day is a lot of food. You might be surprised if you look at my waistline, but I’m not a big eater. Here’s how the spreadsheet has looked so far:

I’m actually quite proud of that, but the empty spaces aren’t because I filled the gap with ‘other’ foods. They were because I’d had quite enough to eat. So there’s a bit of work to be done, and I suspect it’s going to take at least the rest of this month to fall into place.