Still reading ‘It Starts with Food’

I’m still digesting info about the Whole30 in “It Starts with Food.” A lot of what the Hartwigs say makes sense and I love the book’s conversational tone — it’s like sitting down to gab with a girlfriend.

There are, however, parts I’m having trouble coming to terms with.

One of those is staying off the scale for the duration.

I know I complain about the scale, and say I hate how it has the power to make or break my day. I’d love to be one of those people who can eat well without keeping an eye on my progress. But I need the scale’s accountability. It’s not like I hop on it every day.

To properly commit to THAT part of the Whole30, I’ll have to wait to start on Sept. 2. My Romance Biggest Winner competition calls for weekly weigh-ins until then.

But the more I read about the Whole30, the less I want to put it off. Who wouldn’t want to sleep better, wake up more easily, balance hormones and reduce inflammation? Those sound like pretty potent benefits.

Also sketchy to my mind? Not counting calories, carbs, points or the like … or even measuring/weighing food.

It makes a certain amount of sense, I suppose. It’s hard to get too many calories through vegetables and fruits, which are less calorie dense. The Hartwigs say that when you consistently eat Good Food, you can rely on your body to tell you what you need.

I’m not totally sold on that idea yet, but I’m keeping an open mind. This could well be like Atkins — the first time I read “Atkins New Diet Revolution,” I thought “no way in hell will it work.” Then, when my brother started Atkins and assured me it wasn’t so bad, I reread the book and committed.

This time, I’m not waiting for a reread. I’m more open to “crazy” ideas because I know how much better I feel when I’m avoiding sugar/flour. Whole9 is more extreme, but considering the Boyfriend’s convinced I’m lactose intolerant, it’s not a bad idea to cut out dairy.

And I understand the whole “artificial sweeteners are just as bad as sugar” thing. Could be — and I won’t miss the effects of too many sugar alcohols.

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