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.


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