Over complicating it
My biggest learning this week came with a huge lightbulb moment about myself. I tend to over complicate things and think way too much! So there I was getting into such a rut convincing myself it was just way too difficult. I didn’t want to give up though, which was definitely a bonus given I would usually have throw in the towel by now, but I just kept going around in the cycle of self-doubt about what I was doing.
After indulging in some support from our amazing Facebook groups, watching a few quick videos followed by a quick message to the ever so gracious Elisha, I realised how simple the formula for this way of eating really is! It was so frustrating letting myself get caught up in the myriad of recipes and the delectable looking vegan dishes we all see online, and then combine that with the old dieting mindset and I was a disaster waiting to happen! But thanks to this incredible team that Elisha has built, I was finally able to “get it”!
The best prescription really is knowledge, and if you don’t feel like you’re quite understanding something, reach out and ask those who have been through it and successfully come out the other side. There are some truly amazing people in this Eat To Live Daily group, all of whom are so generous and happy to share their stories, journeys and what they’ve learned along the way.
The past four weeks have been so up and down. But the more I learn, the more I want to live my life this way. And if I look back at where I am at now, as opposed to what I was in the beginning, or even last week, I am moving ahead dramatically each day. And not just physically, but emotionally as well. My husband and children are noticing that I am happier. I am sleeping better. Niggling old aches and pains are disappearing, fluid in my legs is going, I’m actually getting ankles again and I feel so much more energetic and level-headed!
I guess I hadn’t given myself enough credit for how far I have actually come on this journey and I let myself plummet into confusion and analysis-paralysis.
So where I got stuck was when I was feeling like I’d failed if I deviated from my meal plan. I’m not a big breakfast eater. I’d much prefer my smoothie each and every day. But even after having my smoothie I’d start questioning if that was too much fruit, should I now skip the fruit with my lunch? Was the banana too much carbohydrate, so should I now skip the brown rice with dinner? So I would mess with the plan that was laid out for me, and truth be told, I think I wasn’t eating enough and definitely not getting enough nutrition which then leads to feeling hungry and craving things I am trying to avoid. The good news is that I mostly resisted snacking. But when I did snack I stuck with nutritarian foods (I think with the exception of two times, but still no meat). In changing up the meals, I tended to get so lost. Was it okay to eat all of my one pound raw vegetables for my lunch and then have cooked vegetables for my evening meal? Did I have to have more salad with that? I was so confused! And this is the point I would usually get so worked up that I would quickly jump ship claiming it was just all too hard. But this time there’s a real desire to stick with it. It’s not a diet… it’s my new lifestyle and I’m still on the journey of mastering it. If it takes time, that’s totally normal!
Elisha reminded me that the guidelines were something to shoot for and not to get caught up in overcomplicating it – the point was to just flood my body with nutrients every day! How good is that! What an amazing blessing for myself and such a simple goal for each day. Stop thinking about the numbers, just aim for the recommendations, no particular order necessary.
I’ve particularly noticed the effect of dairy on my body. I did have one meal out (mostly plant-based) but it included some dairy. I feel like all of my hard work over the past four weeks come unstuck the very next day. My body truly suffered! I was so bloated, inflamed and a pain in my foot came back with a vengeance. I feel like it will take another four weeks to recover from that one tablespoon of dairy! I am currently researching some information Dr Fuhrman has on this and I’ll journal it for next week.
So, you all know me well enough now to know that I’m truly the sensitive, emotional type. I tend learn the hard way, and I think way too much sometimes. And that is okay. I just have to accept that I can’t master this lifestyle over night, that it will take time, that I will always have something new to learn – be it the hard way or not – and that it’s all about progress, not perfection. Just keep shooting for what Dr Fuhrman recommends and make progress every day whilst flooding my body with nutrition. The rest will continue to fall into place.
It really is that simple… Fruit, salad with beans, vegetables. Know the guidelines and keep it simple.
Here’s to even more progress in week five!