The scale is the first thing that went out of the window. For me, it's evil. Like you, I am till a pretty good guesser when it comes to my weight, including that of others. Because I'm not focusing on it anymore, it's slipping away (fortunately) but I still know the nutritional value of every food by head. Old habits die hard, I guess.
My current plan is to finish this fast first and have everything clean and as good as new. The week(s) after that I'm going to use to slowly build up to eating again, and eating raw is going to be a big part of that & my new lifestyle. (slow really being the key word here. People have died from ending their long fast the wrong way!) I love veggies and most fruits, so that shouldn't be a problem.
When it comes to my diet, here's a blurb of my plans:
- I'm going to cut starchy foods (potatoes, bread, pasta...rice) out of my diet as much as possible, because I know it won't do me much good. (I love it, so that makes the temptation to binge great.) However, things like oatmeal (home cooked), wilde rice or brown rice I will eat (in controlled portions) as they're high in fibre.
-I'm not a vegetarian, but I'm not going to eat a lot of meat. I don't think we humans need much of it these days. I love fish and chicken though, so I will eat that. It's healthy and full of protein and fats like omega 3 & 6! Eggs will also play a part. I love them. There are so many options for eggs it never gets boring. And did you know egg-white omelettes are a great replacement for tortilla wraps? (my own invention.) Cottage cheese is also good.
- for snacks I'll eat nuts or dried fruits (I love figs!) or low fat / fat free yoghurt. (Tip, when you know icecream is served for dessert, you can prepare your own substitute by freezing some low-cal flavored yoghurt! tastes great and you don't feel left out.) I'll always take a snack with me when I'm off to work or college so I have no excuse to buy something else.
-I'll never cook in butter, but use olive oil (or something comparable) instead. I use PAM spray to grease the baking pan when I'm putting something in the oven.
-I'm not going to drink alcohol anymore. Now that's never been a big problem for me, as I'm not really fond of it and some members of my family I'm close to have a nasty history with it. Water is going to be my main source.
- In general, I'm going to eat 3 balanced meals a day. The 5 tiny meals a day method doesn't work for me, because I'll start craving more and eventually binge. I'll only eat when hungry. Also, I'm going to prepare my meals for the week before it starts, so I'll have no excuse to grab something else (unhealthy.) I'm a pretty goo cook (I used to cook for the entire family) so that's going to be a piece of cake (pun intended.) Soups (like vegetable soup) will be made when I have less time. Natural, organic foods are the ones I'll buy. No canned stuff for me anymore. Also, I'm quitting on cereals, so called granola bars, etc. processed stuff is history for me now.
- Last thing: to keep me sane: I'm not going to beat myself up for eating out once in a while (birthday, special occasion). And those times I'm NOT going to restrict myself and chew on a salad while everyone else is enjoying pasta. My strategy is: I'll choose whatever I want for the main course, but pass on the bread served as an appetizer. Desert is going to be the healthiest option. Instead of the 3chocolates sorbet, I'll choose the fruit variation instead. Then the next day I'll continue on my normal regimen. If there is no healthy variation, I'll just keep an eye on my portions and make sure I won't bloat my stomach (makes the occasion more pleasurable too, in my opinion. A bloated stomach is not a nice feeling)
Come to think of it (after reading the above ramble) there are a lot of healthy options. And tasty too. I guess it's a mind over matter. Once you stop thinking about what you can't have and start focusing on everything you CAN eat, it gets a lot easier.
There you have it! I'd love to know what you're going to do!