Overall I'm glad we've decided to do it. I wasn't the worst eater in the world, but I had been getting progressively worse over the years, as a sweet tooth I didn't have as a young man really came to the fore. And now that I understand food better, I realize that even my non-dessert eating was far from ideal. So I know it's a good and important step forward to move away from my old habits.
Still, I am torn. For one thing, I'm not very handy in the kitchen,
and if you're going to have much variety with this approach you will
need to be, at least more so than I am. That's fixable in time, of
course. Another is that I feel I need another 5-10 good recipe ideas
that are relatively non-time-consuming, both for lunch and dinner. I'm
in the process of gathering them. I'm not as enthusiastic about salads
-- although I do eat them -- as most of the people who eat this way seem
to be, so I need something else.
Another thing is that traveling while doing this is very difficult. Airport restaurants seem calculated not to support you.
frankly, I very much do miss pizza and desserts. Not to mention that
bland beverages are no substitute for the Coke or orange juice I used to
Now I do realize these things are bad for me. But I think people
understate how difficult it is to give these things up. Or maybe they
didn't care for them as much as I do. I still want a big plate of
macaroni and cheese. And I like munching on something in front of a
movie. Someone actually suggested I dump popcorn for kale chips. Kale
So I do appreciate the health benefits of this, believe me, and I
know there are lots of delicious foods we can eat without counting
calories. All of that is great. But I still crave a calzone -- from the
local joint, and not made from scratch with almond flour after an hour's
worth of effort.
One consolation is that I live in Topeka. To paraphrase my friend
Bill Kauffman, finding good pizza in Topeka is like looking for the
Juice Newton wing in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So my biggest
temptations aren't exactly staring me in the face.
I imagine myself sticking to it, but looking forward to the 20% deviation in the 80/20 ratio.