I've decided I will never be on a diet again. Going on a diet has a mentality attached where there will be an end. You start the diet, it's intense, and then you hope to sustain the intensity long enough to reach a goal weight. Which never happens. At least not for me.
I've been learning quite a bit about foods from some various documentaries and I have been slowly transitioning to a different style of eating. Today I watched the documentary Hungry for Change. It's on Netflix in case you want to watch it. It's like they read my blog. Diets aren't working, exercise is too inconsistent, my food is uncontrollable. This documentary explains why diets don't work and what eating lifestyle you can adopt to be healthy.
I also rewatched Forks Over Knives a few days ago. It basically makes the case that animal based foods are what make people sick. While I'm not ready to jump on the vegan bandwagon, I am willing to adjust toward a more vegan diet. Another great one is Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.
So far we've been eating more tofu at home. Honestly, groceries have been getting so expensive, tofu is a far cheaper protein source anyway. I have also been alternating Charlottes milk between organic whole milk, enriched almond milk, and enriched rice milk. She likes all three just fine, and she likes to drink milk so much that I feel better about her not having quite so much animal protein.
Another adjustment we've made is that I don't buy soda. I bought Paul a soda stream for christmas and I think that will definitely help with our drinking empty calories.
I also make sure that most of our food is whole food based. Whole grains, unprocessed, and simple. Thus my Bob's Red Mill shrine in the garage and my new love affair with the produce market on 82nd and Powell.
After watching Hungry for Change, I want to do a juice detox after the new year. I originally wanted to do this when we moved into our house but it just didn't happen. Hopefully we'll be able to pay down some christmas bills and buy a juicer. Now I just have to get Paul on board. I think the closer we can get to this whole food vegetarian/vegan food lifestyle the better we'll be setting up Charlotte for a healthy relationship with food, and the longer we'll be around to enjoy it.