My One-Month Challenge: DOWNSIZE ME (Part 1)

Today’s soundtrack is America’s 25 Favorite Hymns, a beautiful collection of classic hymns.

Part 1: THE PLAN
Monday, June 17, 2019

I’ve been half-heartedly trying to reduce my BMI for a while now, but my dietary proclivities have made it an uphill battle. A couple of days ago, I happened upon a brilliant idea that I think just might change everything.

Remember the film “Super Size Me,” Morgan Spurlock’s documentary about how he spent a month eating nothing but fast food? What if I were to do the opposite? What if I were to cut processed foods out of my diet, eating only vegetables, fruits, and unseasoned meats? It certainly couldn’t hurt anything; after all, even if I don’t lose any weight, at least I’ll be getting better nutrition.

Typically, I pack a lunch of lunchmeat wraps, a couple of granola bars, some yogurt, a diet cola, and some crackers. But last night I changed it up. I boiled a potato, roasted a chicken breast, peeled some carrots, cut up some cucumber, chopped up an apple and a banana, and filled up a bottle of water. This morning, instead of my regular two thermoses of coffee with creamer, I had one thermos of coffee with nonfat milk. At work, I found that even though I ate all of the food I packed, I ended up feeling very hungry near the end of my shift, which I took to be a good sign, because obviously my body knew that it was getting fewer calories than I’d normally give it (and normally I’d give it too many). When I got home, instead of having a pop, I made myself a decaf tea. Later, I had a simple dinner of unseasoned chicken breast, steamed vegetables, and a boiled potato. For dessert, I ate an apple with cheese, a banana, and some unsalted cashews.

All in all, I count this day as a great success. I refrained from eating any fast food or processed food (I am not counting cheese as a processed food). I didn’t stop at the gas station on my way to work to pick up spicy cheese puffs and an energy drink (my guilty pleasure). I didn’t pick up a burger on my way home from work (my other guilty pleasure). I didn’t eat a bowl of cereal before bed (just a bad habit, not even something I really enjoy or need).

My goal is to keep this up for four weeks from today, bringing me to Monday, July 15. More specifically, my goal is to only eat and drink the following for the next twenty-eight days:

  • Unseasoned, unprocessed meats
  • Vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Fruits
  • Nuts
  • Unsweetened tea and coffee, either black or with nonfat milk
  • Tap water

This experiment will, I believe, be both attainable (though undoubtedly difficult!) and beneficial. If any of you want to weigh in (lol, get it?) with questions or advice, I’m all ears. You can hit me up either in the comment section below or on my Twitter feed: @EverstormsEve.

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