A few weeks ago I posted about my work with a nutritionist, and after a few weeks of making some small changes I'm starting to notice a difference. We hit up Trader Joe's last weekend to stock up on all these weird things I never thought I'd eat - sprouted grain bread, organic peanut butter, almond butter, and of course a case of Two Buck Chuck Cabernet (okay that's NOT on the nutritionist's list, but it's on mine).
The first few days of the diet I actually felt worse. I was not tolerating some of the changes (I blame the bread), but it is slowly becoming easier. I've also given up diet soda (again), and she recommended I give up coffee. I'm not a huge coffee drinker (I drink Earl Gray tea most mornings), but I am giving myself leeway to have a cup of two on the weekends. This goes in line with my trying not to be an annoying food zealot.
What I love about my nutritionist is that she wants to slowly implement changes and not just throw me into the deep end. As someone who loves delicious things like coffee and dairy, I appreciate this approach. She wants me to start with healthy breakfasts because that is one meal I regularly eat at home. My job as a lobbyist means I eat out nearly every week day, so that will be a more significant challenge. I've been eating sprouted grain bread toast with almond or organic peanut butter or free range, organic eggs with organic spinach for breakfast. I've found that I am way less hungry mid-morning than I have been ordinarily. Usually I'm ready for lunch by 9:30 a.m.
So in the first few weeks my rules include eliminating dairy, giving up soda and coffee (mostly), and eating healthier breakfasts. I'm not sure how she'll feel about my having tator tots for lunch today...but I'm quite certain she has not said "eliminate tator tots". I'm pretty sure she thought I was kidding when I told her that I eat like a 7-year-old.