How Do I Change My Eating Habits?

Be realistic and flexible; give your taste buds time to adjust to the new food choices. Changing your behavior is the key to success. Moderation, however, does not mean it’s okay to poison ourselves, abuse our body, and then feel guilty. Moderation means recovering quickly when you have slipped up. Some of us need to plan cheats, once a week or twice a month. Keep to those planned times. A cheat every once in a while is okay if it is moderate, and as long as you go right back to the program immediately and then don’t do it again for at least one week.

Many health authorities and diet advisers recommend only small changes; they are afraid that if the change is too radical, dieters will give the whole thing up and gain nothing. I strongly disagree. My work over the past ten years has shown that those who have jumped in with full effort the first six weeks have been the individuals most likely to stick with the plan and achieve results, month after month. Those who try to get into it gradually are the ones most likely to revert back to their former way of eating. Under the gradual approach, they “yo-yo” back and forth between their old bad behaviors and good ones. Change is hard. Why not do more and glean the results you have always been after quickly and permanently?
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Flo @ Yielded Heart - October 16, 2007 2:31 AM

I just read the below question/comment on my blog. I plan to respond to it in the morning, but I am by no means an expert/authority on the matter, so I thought I would bring it up here, hoping you could help me, at least with resources (along with E2L) I could offer this wonderful lady. Any help on the matter would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!

>>>>I have questions regarding removing meat from your diet. I would not
be opposed to going to plant only, except, my body does not do well with
eating grain based foods, unless I eat them sparingly. I also have
trouble with eating beans, such as pinto, black, red... they all cause
much gastrointestinal troubles. I walk around feeling like someone
pumped me full of air. All milk/icecream makes me sick unless it is raw
milk based. Cheeses usually don't cause any stomach problems. I've been
experimenting for a couple of years now and can't find any rhyme of
reason. Can't lose weight unless I go so low calorie that it is not
healthy, then I put the weight right back on.

It is frustrating. If I go to fruits and veges I feel great for about
a week, then I start feeling sick. If I eat chicken or beef, I
immediately begin to feel better, stronger... I can't figure this out. Any
insights, suggestions??? I'd love to hear what you have to say about
this.<<<<<<

Michael - October 16, 2007 9:00 AM

It does take time to adjust to a more natural, plant-based diet. For the beans, use smaller amounts to start, blending beans into a dip such as hummus, also helps and green peas are easiest to digest.
Grains are not necessary, you can substitute starchy vegetables instead.
The sickness is likely detox. This is normal as your body eliminates waste from your tissues. You should feel better after 2-3 days. As far as weight loss, are you also exercising? Aerobic, weight training and stretching exercises are all important for good health and will help you lose weight.

Flo @ Yielded Heart - October 16, 2007 9:40 AM

Michael, thank you very much for the prompt reply! This should really be helpful. I will forward your response to the commenter.

Sincerely,
Flo B.

Flo @ Yielded Heart - October 16, 2007 3:56 PM

Ok. I feel so silly now! I apologize for the mistake and I am editing my comment to reflect that.

Michael - October 16, 2007 9:28 PM

None taken! I am simply relaying my experience. Eating this healthy does take some adjusting.

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