What exactly does a life without flour and sugar look like? Read on.
Someone in work heard me rattling off everything I was eating for the day on the phone and looked at me like I had six heads. I was doing what I do almost every morning: Tell my OA sponsor what my food plan is for the day.
It sounds extreme. But it’s what I have to do to stay well. Going over it with my sponsor keeps me on track.
I’m often asked how I can deal with life without those two ingredients, and my answer is that I couldn’t deal with life WITH those things. People think this eliminates any joy in eating, but that’s not the case for me.
When someone asks what’s left to eat when I skip those things, the answer is quite a lot. Here’s what my food plan looks like on a typical day:
8 ounces of a protein, typically Greek yogurt or ricotta cheese
3 ounces of Grape Nuts or oatmeal
8 ounces of berries
–12 ounces of vegetable
–2 ounces of potato or brown rice
–4 ounces of protein (meat)
DINNER: Same as lunch.
A few notes:
It’s pretty difficult to eliminate every last drop of flour and sugar from your diet. There’s natural sugar in fruit, for example, and there are trace amounts of flour in a lot of things, including the Grape Nuts I eat at breakfast.
For me, the key is to avoid the highly enriched stuff (the white flour and sugar).
For those who find this diet bland, I say it’s all in how you make it. I can take all the individual ingredients of lunch and dinner and stir fry it. I add a lot of spices like hot pepper sauce. I use a lot of olive oil.
I also drink all the coffee I want (cream, no sugar).
This plan also doesn’t mean I can’t eat out. I have to when I travel on business, for example. No flour or sugar actually makes eating out simpler: No flour and sugar automatically takes a lot on the menu off the table. That makes it easier for me to make the right choices. I usually go for salads with meat in it and rice or potato on the side. I don’t put the restaurant food on a scale. Breaking out the little scale in a restaurant would be anti-social, in my opinion. The key there is to keep eating out to a minimum.
Carrying on this way keeps me from binge eating. It’s not perfect, but it beats the alternative.