An Ending? Nope! It's a New Beginning!
Jul. 25, 2010 8:40 am
Updated: Aug. 2, 2010 5:08 am
Hi there! If you're returning, thanks again for stopping by! If you're reading my blogs for the first time, welcome!
I do need to warn you, readers, that I am going to be a little bit graphic about certain body functions today. If that bothers you, I will not be offended in the least if you choose to stop reading here.
Today was to be the last day of the 7-day Cabbage Soup Diet eating plan. However, I decided yesterday that I was ready to move into my healthy eating lifestyle and didn't really feel like I needed the last two days of the plan. I did this for a few reasons,
but most of all because of my experience with Beef Day. I found that the first beef day didn't agree with me all that well. Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed eating my soup with chunks of lean steak and Worcestershire sauce added. It was delicious! What I
didn't like was the effects the beef had on my body! You see, I have battled with what I suspect is a mild case of irritable bowel syndrome for several years. It's mostly consisted of...shall we say, "irregularity".
For some reason, most of the time I didn't have easy bowel movements (I'm sorry, but I did warn you I would be a bit graphic). Occasionally it would happen easier, but not often. One day into this eating plan my regularity was perfect! It wasn't overboard...just
perfect. Then I got to Beef and Tomatoes day. I loved the food that day, but the next day I was right back to where I had been before with the irregularity. I started to think about the times when I'd had it easier in the restroom and I realized that those
days were usually after I had eaten mostly fruits, vegetables, and beans with little or no meat involved. Is my body telling me that it should be vegetarian? Maybe not 100%, but I'm seriously considering a mostly-vegetarian lifestyle.
I still haven't gone to use my mother's scale, so I don't know how much weight I lost this past week. I do know, however, that I'm feeling a lot better than I did when I started this journey! I don't have the cravings I did before and I am satisfied with
smaller portions of food. I'm really looking forward to the weeks to come!
I went grocery shopping yesterday and bought steel cut oats for my breakfasts along with tons of vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grain items. I shopped the perimeter of the store and only went into two of the middle aisles! I needed vanilla, so I went
into the baking aisle. While there, I also picked up some packages of sugar free Jell-O. I figure that will be good to have on hand for if I get a craving for something sweet. I also looked at the canned fruit aisle, but decided I had enough fresh fruit
and didn't need that syrupy canned stuff (even the stuff packed in juice is higher in sugar than the fresh stuff). I did splurge on some Triscuit and Wheat Thin crackers, because I really do love them and they're both made with whole grains, so I figure a
few crackers here and there isn't going to destroy my healthy eating plans.
I also picked up some multivitamins, a B-complex supplement, and salmon oil capsules. I started taking them yesterday and, believe it or not, I felt the benefits immediately! Ordinarily I'm ready for bed by 8:30 or 9:00, but last night I couldn't even think
about sleep until after 11:00! I was certain I would sleep until 10:00 this morning because of it, but I woke up at 5:40 and didn't even feel like I needed to go back to sleep. I'm going to like this! I just hope it continues LOL!
Several commenters have mentioned that they are inspired by my blogs to try the Cabbage Soup Diet themselves. I am so happy that people are encouraged by my experience to get into a healthier way of eating, but I want to remind you all that you should check
with your doctor before trying the CSD, just to make sure your own health/medical situation is okay.
I plan to continue updating you all on my progress as well as my different ways of cooking and eating more healthy. The plus to all of this is that my daughters are going to benefit as well. They are both overweight, though not as seriously as I am, and I'm
anxious to help them get a handle on their weight before it gets out of control like mine has. They both like vegetables and they're both willing to try semi-vegetarian eating, so that's going to make things a lot easier! Hopefully we'll all be learning
valuable eating lessons and good habits that we can carry with us for the rest of our lives!
Blessings to you all! Have a wonderful week :-)