I began my day like any other. My routine of waking up, getting ready for work, packing up my food for the day, and hitting the road. But, this morning was different. This morning I realized that it has been six months since I began this journey that I am on. I decided, on Januray 4th, to change my way of eating. I never use the word diet…never. I knew, this time, I was going to make a lifestyle change not going on a diet. My mind was made up and I decided to take control of my life. I had no idea what type of impact that Wheat Belly lifestyle would have on my life.
I am not a stranger to the lastest trends and strategies for losing weight. For goodness sake, there I was, an obese woman in her late 30’s trying to get back on the wagon. What to do, what to do? Atkins??? Weight Watchers?? Low fat/high carb?? Paleo?? And then, I picked up a magazine and there was an article about Wheat Belly with an example menu. At that moment, I knew that this is it. Cutting out grains, starched, sugars, sugary beverages, flours, and all ingrediants that I cannot pronounce should be easy. Deep down, I enjoy clean ingrediants. One ingrediant foods are the best! For years, I have not spent too much time in the center aisles of the grocery store, instead I would spend my time in the drive thru lanes of any and every fast food restaurant. I have to break the cycle. This transition started with me making a choice. I dedicated myself to the Wheat Belly lifestyle and I never turned back. Goodbye candy, popcorn, chips, ice cream, pop, sausage McMuffins, pancakes, toast, cake, brownies, mini candy bars….well, you get the picture.
The transition was surprisingly easy. Sure, I had detox flu. I had headahes, sick to my stomach, and dizziness…I knew that I had to power through. I am stronger than the garbage that I have been putting into my body. The symptoms only lasted a few days. After a few months, I saw the scale move…but, I was still seeing the same reflection. I was prepping every meal. Using recipes from the Wheat Belly line of cookbooks. I gave up alcohol and coffee. Drank water and tea only. Posted pictures of meals on the Wheat Belly Facebook page, as well as Instagram. Social media was keeping me accountable. I had no desire to cheat or go back to my old way of eating. It is hard to not become a victim to the scale, especially after seeing success and the the dreaded plateau hits.
A couple months go by and the scale would move back and forth between four numbers. Do I blame it on rapid weightloss in the beginning? No, I do not. Here’s the deal….an extremely overweight woman decided to eat clean, no longer graze in her car while eating fast food, drink water, and focus what is going into her body….and boom…..75 pounds gone!!! A plateau is bound to occur. This is the tricky part, how does one handle their plateau? How does one handle their scale not moving for weeks? Does frustration kick in? Bordom? And then you hear it. A little voice crying out,” Ice cream….you deserve ice cream.” Then the mind trick begins. Your mind is starting to justify the cheat before it happens. “Pig out!! Go ahead!! It’s only one meal or one scoop!!” Sure, everyone deserves a scoop from time to time. Hey, I am all about enjoying life and eating food, but this time it is different. I think this time, I actually understand my relationship with food.
How is that possible? What happened during this transition for me to become enlightened about my longest love affair? I will tell you what happen…Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Blizzard happened. I will remember this experiecnce for the rest of my life. Now, let’s back up. Let’s start at the beginning. Hi!! My name is Adrienne and I am addicted to Lays Potato Chips and Ice Cream!!! I would visit Dairy Queen multiple times a week for a Mint Dilly Bar and if I was feeling super depressed about something and thought food was the answer, I will take one large blizzard please!! Well, this day…I was not depressed, but I wanted something bad. So, I ordered a medium Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Blizzard. First of all, who am I ? I never order anything like that, but for some reason I wanted something different. Secondly, should I have ordred a large? I take my blizzard home and ate it. About 10 minutes later I regretted my decision of eating the blizzard. Not because it was a cheat….I am human. I will make mistakes. I regretted my decision because I could taste, in every single bite, how processed the “ice cream” tasted. The chunks of cookie dough, the frozen soft serve, and the horrible after taste. My taste buds are so clean that I can detect a hint of unclean food. This, my friends, was the first step of forming my new relationship with food.
I do not want to eat anything that is unclean. I would rather eat something fresh, whole, and delicious than a box of french fries, a bowl of cereal, or chips and salsa from the Mexican joint down the street. I am making the choice to fuel my body with real foods and not with food like products. I am more aware now, than ever in my life, of what I am putting into my body. A co-worker asked how I am able to stay on my plan and that I must have good will power. I replied to her that it has nothing to do with willpower, rather I prefer to eat real food. I have not had a fast food burger since last year. I have not eaten chips or crackers or granola bars. I looked at my co-worker and said, “I have no desire to eat the snacks in the snack room because of all of the chemicals and ingredients in the food. And really, it is not food. The snacks are more like a food like product. There is nothing real about it. What is a cheeto? I mean really, it is crunchy and neon orange.” The look on her face was priceless. Her response, “Ummm, you are right. what is a cheeto?” And with that, she walked away.
Here I am, six months later and 90 pounds lighter. I want to thank Dr. William Davis for The Wheat Belly Detox Book and for his assistane and guidance in the Facebook group. I want to thank all of the members of the group for your support and putting up with my food pictures. I want to thank the two documentaries, “Food, Inc.” and “Fed Up”. Both films opened my eyes even more to the food issues that are plaging our youth and the nation. I want to thank my friends and family who are supporting me and cheering me on. I am looking forward to the next six months. Looking forward to learning more about myself and my relationships.
For those of you who have been following my blog since I started writing it in February, remember THE SHIRT? You know, the shirt that was super tight, would not button, and it basically felt like a sausage casing….well, here I am now…..in the shirt….