I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. I eat mostly healthy foods and some not so healthy foods. My two biggest weaknesses are in portion control and carbohydrate consumption. For the past 15 years I’ve eaten a mostly vegetarian diet. As is common with many (but certainly not all) vegetarians and quasi-vegetarians my diet historically consisted of a lot of pasta, bread, rice and mock-meat dishes. For me, this has lead to a bad combination of eating too-large portions of carb laden foods.
I’ve come up with some criteria for what might make a successful eating plan for me. Firstly, I need to enjoy my food when I prepare it as well as when I eat it. I also need something that is simple and easy and not part of a commercial diet plan (hopefully, more on that as this blog develops). Lastly, but perhaps most important, my eating plan must be accessible and affordable. I live in Cleveland not California. We have great fresh local food here but locally grown produce is not available year round. I have access to quality natural food stores but they can be very expensive.
My plan for this blog is to explore my experience of trying a “whiteout” food plan. By whiteout, I mean that I am going to try to avoid refined sugar and flour, white rice and white potatoes. I will also attempt to eat dairy in moderation. The rationale behind this type of eating plan is that after 2-4 weeks the body will no longer crave “bad carb” foods. So, theoretically this adjustment becomes easier to stick to over time.
I hope you enjoy the site. Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments.
**UPDATE** May 21, 2012
I’m going to try to take the blog in a different direction. I’m still going to write about food and nutrition and I still strive to eat a “whiteout” diet. But I’d like to share more about my weight loss efforts, exercise, and other general interests. I find that just writing about food is boring for me and probably boring for readers. I hope that by opening this blog up a bit I will be motivated to post more as well as more regularly.