I remember very few jokes and I am a terrible joke teller!!! Seriously you don’t want to hear a joke from me but one joke kind of sums up how I feel about the world of nutrition right now. Hang on, let me tell you and I will explain.
A guy said to his psychologist, “Doc, you gotta help me. I‘m having strange, recurring dreams that I’m either a teepee or a wigwam. Every night, teepee, wigwam, teepee, wigwam! Please, make it stop!” The doctor said,
“Relax, you’re two tents.”
THAT IS EXACTLY HOW I FEEL RIGHT NOW!! NOT IN THE WHOLE OF MY LIFE BUT IN MY NUTRITIOUS LIFE. My plant based friends swear that I will be way more healthy if I load up on plants and leave the bad meats alone. My carnovoir friends believe without the dense hunk of meat I miss out on proteins and all such as that. Low car, slow car, no carb, lots of meat, no meat, some meat. I am so dang confused.
To add to that my first education in school was nutrition and it was just as polarized then as it is now. There have been few times in my life since I left the skinny world of teenagedom, that I have not stressed about, fretted about or read about and fussed about my weight. I do much better with less fluffy!!! I am more comfortable at a leaner, more comfortable weight.
So why am I being vulnerable at this juncture? I decided a little before Thanksgiving to go plant based and see how I fared. So I have enjoyed many parts of it and I feel great, but I felt great before I started. But what has happened is, I have gained 4 pounds. News Flash!!! Four pounds on a girl my stature is like 10 pounds or more on a regular sized human.
So what I am trying to figure out is. What the heck? Seriously. Do I have to go back in time and become 15 years of age or 30 or anywhere north of the mason dixon line of calories?
I think I have my answer. At least for today. I don’t think there is a secret one size fits all to this thing. But I do know that when I started doing Intermittent Fasting many years ago, I felt better about myself and the choices I was making. I was not so worried about every morsel that went in my mouth. I was more concerned with letting food have its proper place at my table. That worked for me for 3 years.
We humans are a crazy bunch. We find something that works and then we go…. Hey maybe just maybe this will work even better.
I don’t have the answers but I do know the great thing is that I am alive and healthy and maybe even though there is a little more of me to love, I will have another day to read and to study and to figure it out. You would think by 62 I would have figured more stuff out, but thankful I will learn more by 63 and in the meantime enjoy it all.
Ps. It is very hard to be a plant based human while at Disney.
Pps.. Replacing meat with ice cream is not the best idea.
Ppps. I have gone over this before I know there is only Ps and pps. But I love having these extra places to say something.