Keeping It Real: Cheating

Each time I’ve said to my friends that I need to get back to “tighter” eating so I can complete the healing process of my health conditions (Type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure, in particular), they all assume that means I “cheated” and started eating meat again. That’s not the case.

It’s the little things that creep back in and the stories we tell ourselves. “I’ll just treat myself while I’m on vacation.” “I’m eating 90% clean, these tortilla chips won’t hurt.” “Well I’m sick so how could I not have unsalted Saltines.” And, “Hey, February is my birthday month which means months of celebrations with friends at restaurants.” Eating out presents its own challenges because 99% of restaurants cook everything in oil or fat (butter, etc.). Fat delays and halts the healing process.

There are over 7 billion people on this planet and not one of us has the same fingerprint. The same thing goes for nutrition – what works for you, may not work for me. Given that, I’ve watched dozens of people I interact with in whole food plant-based groups who have healed a laundry list of health ailments (Type 2 Diabetes, etc.) in 6, 9 or 12 months. Some stayed the course to achieve their goals. Some fell off the wagon and got back on and completed the healing part of their journey.  

Keeping it real means being accountable for our actions. My actions have resulted in me being in limbo for 6 months. Had I stayed the course of keeping fats and processed foods out of my mouth by controlling what’s on the end of my fork, I know I would be healed by now. Tough realization and one that reminds me, I’m human, and it’s time to hit the reset button.

Chuck the Brand New Vegan wrote a blog a few years back that captures what I’ve been going through, The Fat Switch: Why I No Longer Cheat on My Plant-Based Diet. I relate to this post because it truly is easier to NOT begin cheating, then to have to draw on your well of willpower to start again. And so it is.

What tips do you have to stay on plan?

Thanks for reading!

XO Susan

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