Part Three: Not Eating Grains and Sugar
We eat so many grains and so much sugar because they’re cheap and filling, give you a quick (if metabolically unhealthy) boost, (did I spell metabolically right?), heck, they may be subsidized by the government for all I know.
Grains are a big part of most of the common things we cook and love – lasagna, pizza, spanikopita, tacos, granola, cereal, rice, corn fritters, not to mention key lime pie and chocolate chip cookies.
So, how do you give them up? I prefer cold turkey – just do it. When you lose a pound in 2 days, it’s encouraging.
Tips and tricks.
1. Prepare. Think of ways to make changes and go buy that stuff. Buy celery if you’re going to put peanut butter on celery instead of bread.
2. New rituals. I had a nightly habit of red wine, corn chips, and ice cream. I devised a new ritual involving herbal tea. I know that sounds lame, but I use a lovely pottery mug, add spices, and play it up.
3. Be sure to include fat in your diet. Apple chunks and cheese is filling. Fat keeps you from feeling hungry.
4. Drink lots of water, tea, etc., which will help you feel full.
5. If you want, explore new vegetables, and ways of making grain free pie crust, spaghetti squash spaghetti, things with nut flour. The internet is probably full of that stuff.
Next up: pitfalls and challenges.
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