It all started on Facebook. (Darn that social media for influencing our lives!) Hubby was
stalking catching up on an old friend; the friend posted about a book he had read: The China Study. So hubby read the book. Or scanned the key parts, anyway. And was intrigued at its premise that one could lower risk for all sorts of disease by eliminating animal products from one’s diet. Coincidentally, he was due for a cholesterol check and had been wanting to drop a few pounds, so… he was off and running. His primary goal: to improve his overall health.
The basics of the plan, to summarize in MY words, are that you cut out all animal products including dairy and eggs. Eat veggies and fruit and carbs and other protein sources. And, oh yeah, white potatoes.
Which I single out to mention because MY “plan” is pretty much about lean protein (including animal sources and encouraging dairy and eggs) and less refined carbs and NO white potatoes. Actually, no white anything, like bread or flour or rice. My typical daily diet almost always includes animal protein and is often devoid of grains and starches. The latter being more a personal choice because they are foods I seem inclined to overeat. Meanwhile, Hubby is filling his plate with grains and starches and nary an animal protein in sight! I’m not eating junk food. (Okay, let me clarify – I am INTENDING to not eat junk food.) In the last week my husband has ingested candy and cookies and “whole grain” chips, things I’m pretty sure are to be “minimized” when officially following his “plan,” but I suppose one must acquiesce that they are not animal products. (Now about that tub of frozen yogurt…)
He likes that he no longer craves meat. I NEVER crave meat! (Mind out of the gutter, Munchberry.) I have to make a very conscious choice, every day, to eat protein instead of my beloved carbs. I can only imagine what would happen if I switched to a plan that cut out my go-to snacks of fat-free cheese and jerky. That didn’t let me eat my new-found love: Greek yogurt. That encouraged me to eat white potatoes instead of sweet potatoes. And… wait for it… bread and cereal and pasta, oh my!
So… what this means is that in the Waisting Time household, there are few “family” meals happening, as we each prep and cook and even sometimes shop for ourselves. And finding a restaurant for Valentine’s Day where we could both stay deliciously on plan was a challenge and a half!
And, frustration of frustrations, hubby is losing weight with his potatoes and oatmeal raisin cookies (and no regard for “all things in moderation”). I, on the other hand, am not. (Although I must give credit to him for burning a huge number of calories on the treadmill each day while I am still unable to burn any doing cardio, thanks to my darn calf.)
I am all for the philosophy of “to each his own.” And I totally believe that with eating (and dieting and clothing) one size does NOT fit all. We each need to find what works for us. What gets us to whatever goal we have set, be it lower cholesterol or looser pants. That we each need to figure out how we can comfortably eat for the long-term. “Lifestyle, not a diet,” yada, yada, yada.
But I am also very frustrated of late that the “experts” all seem to disagree as to what works best for our bodies from a medical standpoint. But, that’s a post topic for another day.
For now… I’m off to put my favorite healthy Mexican chicken casserole into the crock-pot. I’ll be eating it alone tonight. And tomorrow. And the day after.
What about you? Animal products? White potatoes? Grains? Oatmeal raisin cookies?
Photo credit [Madigan308]
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