I guess it’s really more of a permanent change than an actual diet, which tends to imply something short-term. I'm slowly cutting out highly processed, high glycemic index foods and adding in more of the good stuff. It's going to be a challenge for me since I really do tend to crave fatty, salty foods but I figure I'll be doing myself a big favour and there's plenty of healthy alternatives to choose from. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of foods that are low to moderate on the glycemic index scale.
I was sure that I was going to open the book I got about the G.I. and find a whole lot of foods weren't allowed but that’s not the case. Pasta is okay, just cook it al dente so it doesn’t break down too much. Choose whole grain foods (duh) instead of white/refined foods (again duh). Most fruits and veggies are low G.I. but some do break down into sugar faster, so chose those less often and choose the lower G.I. foods more. It’s all sensible stuff and well laid out in this book so that I can print of grocery lists and recipe ideas if I want.
I only really got the book to provide me with some motivation and good clear guidelines. A lot of it is pretty straightforward but something about having it laid out there in black and white is really helpful. The fact that it has weekly grocery lists for the meal plans is also a nice perk!
It’s not going to be easy for me. I’ve started and stopped “healthy eating” plans so many times I can’t even remember. The main thing to remember is to go easy on myself. I want to get it perfect right away and I think if I keep in mind that even eating a properly balanced meal once a week is a step in the right direction. Just like the gym, I’ll probably find that once a week will quickly turn into two or three times a week and next thing I know I’ll actually be wanting to eat better!