The past several months I’ve been making small, slow changes to my diet. About 2 years ago I gave vegetarianism a shot. It was easier to cut out meat than I anticipated, but I wasn’t healthy about it. I ate a lot of pasta, bread, and cheese, and not a lot of fruits and veggies. I was lethargic much of the time due to the lack of proper nutrition. I decided my health wasn’t worth a moral stance, so I went back to eating meat and immediately felt better. I still want to go back, but need to learn to eat my vegetables before I do, so I can be healthy about it.
From that and other drastic changes I’ve attempted in the past, I know the only way for me to change my diet is by small, slow changes. It will probably take me a few years to get the eating habits I want to maintain. But better to do it slowly, and stick with it, than all at once and only do it for a few weeks or months.
So far I’ve cut the following items out of my diet:
My eventual goal is to return to vegetarianism – in a healthy way. I don’t think I’ll go full vegan, because eggs are a great source of protein (and that’s one of the things I struggled with 2 years ago,) but I will buy only free-range organic eggs. I also want to become gluten free, but that will likely be one of the later changes I make since I don’t know much about it and am sure gluten hides in many foods I wouldn’t think about. I have a friend with Celiac’s Disease, so I’ll be able to get help from her when the time comes to make that change.
I’m not just cutting things out of my diet though. I’ve added:
There’s one more change I’ve made, but in typing this up it’s gotten much longer than I anticipated, so I’ll post the second half of this tomorrow.