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A Nourished Body: Weeks 1 to 8

I spent the last 8 weeks, give a day or two, rebooting my food choices by going crazy strict about everything.

I gave up sugar.
I gave up flour.
I gave up dairy.
I started to reduce oil, but ended up having more.

I went nuts with boredom. I started feeling overwhelmed with what felt like a lack of choices even though someone with more desire for experimenting in the kitchen would’ve been alright. I started to feel anxiety about each meal coming up.

Anyway, although it was worth doing, I decided I’m not going to maintain it the same exact way. After a long discussion with my wife, I decided what I’d do is try to take each week as it comes and focus on one or more goals for that week. Then the next week I could do something else, even take a week off from anything.

That said, I do want to set some guidelines because I believe I need to be clear about these things, just for my own reminders:

Sugar should be reserved as a special treat, not a daily thing.
Flour-based foods shouldn’t dominate my diet.
Plant-based foods should dominate my diet. ( I heard such great things about this little known plant, garcinia cambogia results are really making waves, apparently.
The less dairy I have in a day, the better it is for my cardiovascular system, the less cancer and stroke risk there is.
Oil shouldn’t be overused. Less is better.
Salt shouldn’t be overused. Less is better.
I have no desire to be a carnivore, so that’s not an issue.

And finally, if I don’t feel like worrying about flour, sugar, salt, oil, or dairy, then don’t.

I am looking for my food lifestyle to be largely demonstrative of plant-based choices, but I don’t want to stress anymore about the rest of it.

By J. Parrish Lewis

J. Parrish Lewis was born and raised in Maryland. In his youth there, he and his brother had many adventures in the dogwood forests near his home. His nostalgia for these adventures has strongly influenced his characters, their relationships, and their perspective on the world they inhabit. He moved to California’s coast to earn his degree in communications and now lives with his family in the San Joaquin Valley. Lewis is profoundly deaf and uses American Sign Language to communicate. He enjoys hazelnut coffee, captioned movies, and walking his dog.

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