Oh no you didn’t…
I had a really interesting experience today with a girl who I think had a lot of guts. While sitting at a table at a local coffee shop I mentioned my allergies to my friend sitting with me. This stranger ask me a few questions that I was more than happy to answer, after she heard a list of the foods I had to stay away from she said “Oh wow, you are going to lose A LOT of weight.” I had to capitalize the A LOT because she really stressed it. Her beady little eyes even widened a little as she said those two words.
If you don’t know me, I am 28 and 116 lbs. Granted I can afford to lost a couple of those pounds, but for a stranger to tell me I am going to lose a lot of weight seemed a bit uncalled-for. I have heard similar, less offensive comments from friends this week, but they didn’t seem to bother me one bit. Perhaps it was just the delivery. My loving cousin said to me the other night, “I bet you will lose some weight.” and she knows how much I loved to eat crap before this new journey, so I felt that was fair. Another friend mentioned that I would probably lose any water I may have been retaining. Those comments actually made me look forward to what’s to come for me. But this chick with the beady little eyes and dry hair, had stepped out of line.
My first instinct was to punch her in the mouth. But, I am a girl of class and I don’t do that sort of thing… in public. I prefer to wait for an opportunity when there are no witnesses.
“Okay.” I thought, “my second option is to take a picture of this girl and share it with you all on my blog so you can see the gutsy girl with the beady little eyes, dry hair and big man-hands.”
I chose to take the third option which is something they call “the high road”. I am not sure if I did it right because knocking her teeth out would have given me a much bigger high.
I hope you all know that I am exaggerating a little for entertainment purposes. I mean–her hands weren’t that big. Anyway the whole point of this story is to talk about Gluten-free, dairy-free diet and weight loss. I want to say I am not a weight loss expert or in no way am I claiming to be one. I am just sharing my opinions and things that have worked for me in the past. I don’t believe that if someone cuts out those two things, that they will lose weight. In fact the gluten-free, dairy-free desserts and packaged foods have just as many sugars as gluten/dairy foods. My husband, who is a chiropractor and mind-body wellness expert, actually wrote a few very entertaining and imformative blogs on sugar and insulin, fat storage and even a blog series on weight loss. Here is the link if you are interested www.DrNima.com.
I figure if I am going to resist my favorite desserts, I am not going to replace them too often with Gluten-free dairy-free ones, because I do really like to stay as healthy as possible. That is not to say I am not going to indulge every now and then (as I take another handful of my gluten-free kettle corn). I will still have a cheat day the way I normally would. I find from experience the best way to do that is to plan ahead. Choose what day of the week you are going to make your cheat day and decide in advance what you are allowed to indulge in. I personally find that if you don’t plan these things and you let yourself do it spontaneously then you lose self control. One cheat day becomes two, and so on. I really like deciding ahead of time what I am going to eat on my next cheat day for a number of reasons…
1) If I carefully chose what I am most craving, I am more likely to be satisfied with the snack or dessert I have planned.
2) If I don’t plan what I am going to eat then I eat everything! I think things like “Well I have already cheated today, I might as well eat what ever I want for the rest of the day.” and I keep eating junk until I find that thing that satisfies me. Which is a totally absurd way to think, but admit it— you do it too.
Remember if you are concerned about your weight and or weight loss then eating gluten-free or dairy-free products does not mean you are safe and it doesn’t mean you can have a unlimited amount of these packaged substitutions. I don’t think this meal plan should be used as a weight loss plan, but turning into a skinny bitch would be kind of cool. If I do lose any weight or water retention from my new diet then let me assure you that you all will be the first to know. I could go back to the coffee shop and show that gutsy girl with the beady little eyes, dry hair, big man hands and clown feet. Okay but all joking aside, let’s be serious here for just a second, I would like to take a poll… How many of you thought I should have knocked her out?