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Navigating my new Lifestyle

My little guy (Zac -- the cutey in my profile picture) had a grooming appointment for 7:30 a.m. this morning (what retired person in their right mind makes a grooming appointment for 7:30 a.m.???). My husband suggested that we drop him off and then go for breakfast "if your new diet will allow it" he said.

"Of course it will!"  *I said out loud while my mind scrambled to think what I could eat for breakfast in a restaurant*  

As I looked over the menu I saw an option that would have 90% worked for me. But unfortunately I chose another option which, at the time, I really thought would be okay. But when my oversized pancake arrived and I took my first bite I could taste the grease from frying it on the roof of my mouth.  Then of course, although I did not use butter, I added a small amount of sugary-sweet syrup.  The side with this dish was potatoes -- which of course are totally acceptable . . . but the fact that they were fried hashbrowns also made them a bad choice.  

The entire time I was eating my breakfast I felt remorseful.  I've been doing so well!  Why didn't I chose the oatmeal?? 

Because I was beating myself up for the *very delicious very large* pancake, I skipped lunch and then on Zac's after lunch walk I became lightheaded.  Luckily we had stopped at a friend's house just before that and she was able to provide me with a tangerine.  *A tidbit of totally unrelated information*

When we got home I sat down for a healthy snack and was reading on the Forks over Knives Facebook page when I stumbled onto some advice from a more experienced plant-based eater who said to "give yourself grace" when you are less than perfect.  

Give myself grace.  What great counsel is that?  Give myself grace.

I am loving my new plant-based lifestyle BUT this is a huge learning curve for me and there is SO MUCH information to navigate, recipes to browse, and things to learn.  I am not always going to be perfect so I might as well admit and understand that right now.  The biggest thing I have to do is give myself grace in those instances when I mess up.  

My revelation can be a lesson to all of us . . . no matter what your eating plan is, no matter what lifestyle you have chosen, no matter what mistake you make . . .


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kjurassic wrote 4 months ago:
Amen! :-)
conniehv40 wrote 4 months ago:
You are doing really well! I love the "give yourself grace"
melissarose4 wrote 4 months ago:
YES! Great advice to remember!
PAnn1 wrote 4 months ago:
I really like this advice and yes, it pertains to all of us no matter what our food plan is.
zydeco69 wrote 4 months ago:
Great advice but one I find very hard to do. When I am trying to achieve a goal. I have to learn more patience.
LillyAKAChubbyUnicorn6456 wrote 4 months ago:
Please never say anything to yourself that you would allow someone to say to your best friend. ;o)

Proud of what you are learning and how you rolled with the waves, there!
SassyCookieMe wrote 4 months ago:
great advice, "Give yourself grace" very powerful and true, none of us are perfect, we are of course human and make errors in judgement at forgive yourself and move on.
debk0718 wrote 4 months ago:
Well done Karen! Love this blog, and your Zac looks very much like my Bella. You're doing great and learning so much and sharing your journey is appreciated. One day at a time. :)
StevLL wrote 4 months ago:
Love that! We're gonna trip and fall, but we can get right back up at the next meal. Great attitude and you are Rockin' your new lifestyle!
daleschmieg wrote 3 months ago:
You are an inspiration!!! Our entire lives (and so many cultural opportunities/celebrations) revolve around the consumption of food, and it is so tricky to navigate that! A friend who is a motivational coach mentioned the 21:90 rule. She said that it takes 21 days to build a habit and 90 days to build a lifestyle. Here's to building a whole new lifestyle!!!
shravanj841 wrote 3 months ago:
"Give yourself grace", that's Great..!

How should a diet be?
Rich in proteins and healthy fats, no empty calories, calories to be fixed according to the goal( low calorie diet for fat loss) Low cal means your daily requirement is say 1500 Calories so you consume less than 1400 calories with the proper amount of protein intake. Protein requirement for an average non exercising person is 1gram of protein per 1kg of body weight. The source of protein is also important. Protein for protein sake is of no use – car runs on petrol but filling it with kerosene which is also a fuel makes no sense.
1 gram of protein is 4 calories.
1gram of carbs is 4 calories. 1gram of fats is 8calories.
A healthy way of diet contains 50% carbs 40% protein and 10% fats.
For fat loss – 30% carbs 50% protein and 20% fats.

Hope this would be helpful.

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