I have a confession: after yesterday’s biscuit nirvana, I didn’t feel well. Even though the meal was vegan and lowfat and technically “healthy,” it wasn’t good for me. You see, white flour and I don’t get along. We have a long history, a complicated relationship full of temptation, indulgence and inevitable guilt. I can’t just have one bite, or one biscuit..one slice of Italian bread, one cup of pasta. One leads to two which leads to an empty bread basket and a giant tummy ache. I have tried & tried over the years to break up with Mr. White Flour, knowing that we are not good for each other, but somehow he pulls me back in.
So, I did some deep thinking and some soul searching. Though I know lots of people can, and do, enjoy pastas and breads on a plant-based diet, I’m simply not one of them. Maybe someday I can tip my toe in, perhaps flirt with whole grain varieties and my beloved Ezekiel bread, but for now I’m going cold turkey. I’m leaving you, Mr. Dough Boy. Cute as you are, we are simply not right for each other. Please don’t tempt me any longer, don’t invade my dreams with fluffy biscuits and crunchy French bread. Just leave me alone, ok? Because there’s a new guy in town, and he is named John McDougall, MD. He’s taking me on a date, promises me a good time without tummy aches, guilt and remorse. This new adventure is one I’ve been on before, and it was good. I lost weight, I had more energy, I was content. I was healthy, in body and mind. He even has a side kick, Dr. Neal Barnard, and they are going to help me reach my goals, for once and for all.
For the next month I’m challenging myself to a whole foods, plant-based, no oil, no processed foods way of eating, ala The Maximum Weight Loss Diet. I’ll be using all of the MWL-compliant recipes I can find, along with some from Dr. Barnard and colleagues. I’m going to follow the program as closely as I can, but I’m admitting right now that I will likely have an occasional glass of wine, and my morning coffee is not negotiable. Progress, not perfection, as they say.
I hope you’ll follow along with me, would love the support and camaraderie! I’ll pop in later with my weekly menu, am going to pore over a few cookbooks and websites for a little while.
Have a wonderful day!
Note: My daughter Kristyn designed the dough boy devil graphic years ago, isn’t he adorable?!