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Month 1 observations

It’s the last day of the first month. I’ll do some numbers and thoughts on how I feel tomorrow, once it’s officially over. But I can make a few observations.

  1. A radical diet change is just that: radical. But I’ve coped, both with the greater effort required in cooking, and with the absence of quite few things I’d normally eat, including Cheerios, biscuits, cheese, and peanut butter sandwiches.
  2. The plan that I can do all the good stuff at home, but not worry when I go out, may need some rethinking. I went out eating and drinking several times during the month, including once for a three-day period. I didn’t worry about the diet then. Both the weighing scales, and how I felt, suggest that this isn’t a good idea. I don’t have to act like a monk when I’m out, but I should try to do better. Drink healthier stuff, and less of it, if possible. Chose something sensible off the menu. I did this a couple of times, and it wasn’t that hard.
  3. The ‘Daily Dozen’ is an aspiration, not a minimum requirement. Some days I wasn’t that hungry, so I didn’t eat much and didn’t tick many boxes. Was that a bad thing? I don’t believe so.
  4. Anyone doing this needs to try it, and to work out a way of making it work for them. For me, basing my main meals on beans (chickpeas, black beans, lentils, tofu, etc.) is quite palatable and provides enough variety – at the moment. I can get my greens and other vegetables accounted for as an accompaniment, and hide the cruciferous vegetables I don’t like in smoothies and soups.
  5. There even seem to be a few snacks that work. More on this next month.
  6. I am going to be able to keep this up if I want to. Cooking stuff from clean, unprocessed ingredients is quite fun, and I’ve got the time and inclination at the moment. I really like the idea of avoiding processed food, and I just think the only issue will be if I continue to consider meat and fish to be ‘processed’. That’s a discussion for another day. A vegan friend reckons that I’ll actually go off meat if I keep this up for a few months. We’ll see.