Conflicting Mottos and Changing My Diet (Ugh)

All I want is to do everything perfectly on my first try and never have to change my method or approach.  Me – perfect – first try. I think this is reasonable.

A couple of years ago, after spending most of my life struggling with my diet, I finally found an approach to food that I thought was very healthyporterhouse-steak and supported my energetic lifestyle. It was a combination of clean eating with some paleo-esque undertones, shaped largely by the work of Gary Taubes and Nina Teicholz. I stopped eating sweets entirely, gave up processed foods, ate lots of fruits and veggies, minimized my refined carbs, ate a lot of animal protein, and consumed saturated fat fearlessly. I lost weight and felt amazing. I learned how to follow this diet year-round despite temptations and inconveniences. Feeling better than I had in my life, I thought: “This is great. I win nutrition and now I am done. All I have to do is this forever. I shall be a nutritionist and teach the world. You’re welcome world.”

My nutritional enlightenment was supposed to be finished. But no, I just had to get a stupid clogged artery. So now, I am advised that I need to make a few changes – not a lot of changes, but some. This conflicts with a motto I’ve formed in my vast 34 years on the planet: “change is always bad.”

I never meant to form that motto. It just kinda happened after years of rough transitions. The truth is, I’m not that interesting or adventurous and I like things to be the same most of the time. There, I said it.

Unfortunately, in this case, “change is always bad,” runs contrary with another motto I’ve formed recently: “listen to the people who saved your life.”

Dr. Cardiologist says saturated fat and red meat need to be cmcdc11_mediterranean_diet_guide-6colonsidered treats. Dr. Cardiologist says I need to follow the Mediterranean diet. Lastly, and most painfully, Dr. Cardiologist pointed out that when I stopped exercising (due to the angina) I gained 10 lbs which took my BMI from “healthy” to “overweight” – and this is also problematic for heart disease. 

So I’m cranky. I’m cranky that I have to give up foods I love. I’m cranky that I have to learn how to cook new foods. I’m cranky because I’m supposed to lose ten pounds while abandoning the approach that helped me maintain a healthy weight. And most of all – I’m cranky that I didn’t know everything and do it all perfectly the first time.




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