Lasagna dinner at Whole Foods
The final day has arrived. After 28 days of plants I’m at 230.7 lbs. I’ve decided to stick with eating this way, with the exception of when I eat out with friends. If I get take out or go out for lunch on my own I’m going to stick with the vegetarian options. I like that this “diet” doesn’t make you count anything, not points, calories, carbs or fat grams. It’s just reading ingredient labels, if you can’t pronounce it or if your great-grandma wouldn’t recognize it as food, don’t eat it. That’s so easy.
A friend loaned me the book Overcoming Overeating and as I read the first couple of chapters I realized that overeating wasn’t my problem. As I said at the Whole Foods event last night, I’m a “crap-atarian” there’s no food in my food. My problem is when I eat, I eat crap. This challenge has helped me to break that habit. I want to keep eating real food, good food.
Although, since I’ve been flirting with the same 4 or 5 pounds the past two weeks I think the next challenge is to start moving more. I’ve gotten a couple of those discount coupons, one for yoga classes and the other for zumba or something. I just need to review the class schedules and locations to fit them into my schedule. So, my next challenge is exercise. I’m sure that with this eating plan along with exercise I’ll be able to lose these pounds I’ve been flirting with and more.
I challenge all of you to try this. You can do anything for 28 days. Give it a try, don’t be afraid. It’s way easier than you think. You may even ENJOY it!
If you want a consultation with a Whole Foods Healthy Eating Specialist, they will give you a tour of the store, help you find the best foods to eat right or help you with any special diet concerns, and it’s free! In Chicago the South Loop store and the Lincoln Park store have specialists, check the website calendar for the Health Starts Here Tour information. Unfortunately, at this time there are no healthy eating specialists in the suburbs. But they do have some of the Health Starts Here information in the stores, just look for the signs. I did a search of some of the suburban store calendars and I see the Naperville store is hosting this 28 Day Challenge starting on June 15th. The Schaumburg and Willowbrook stores offer tours if you call or email to schedule one. All of the stores have an array of cooking classes and other activities on their calendars. Check the calendar for the store near you if you want to learn more.
If you’re interested in trying to do this kind of challenge, coming up on the weekend of June 17-19 at the South Loop location is the Eating for Empowerment Weekend. They’ll give you all the tools, recipes, cooking demos, and more so that you can learn how to change the way you eat. DO IT!