A Healthy Craving!

I had a craving for one of my favorite salads for lunch today. It's so simple...sliced cherry tomatoes, chopped avocado, and feta crumbles. Drizzle on a tiny bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and voila! A flavor explosion full of nutrients!

It's Atkins compliant, but the tomatoes and avocado are a bit on the high-carb side for veggies. So I'll just scale back slightly for the rest of the day.

So Why Atkins?

I need a drill sergeant when it comes to a diet. If any diet allows a "cheat day" or gives me an inch, I will take a mile! After a little while the diet has completely flown out the window, and I'm left feeling discouraged and down on myself.

Many, many people have had success with the Atkins Diet. It also has plenty of detractors. But I have done it before with success, and I've decided to give it another go; however, this time needs to be different. In the past when I've lost weight with Atkins, I've had initial success and then decided to "take a break". That break then becomes a great binge on refined carbs, with my mind's justification that I'm going to be back on Atkins within a short time. Then I gain a bit of weight back, then get overwhelmed with work and kids and life, and before I know it I'm back at square one.

I know this is a very common problem with dieters. It's not like I'm alone in this arena. So another part of my plan is to link up with others who are also in the same boat as I am, and look for social support. That is another area in the past which I neglected. My perfectionist "I got this, I don't need help" mode of thinking got in the way.

Since I want to lose approximately 50 pounds, I may need to take a break or two. But the mindset shift needs to come by where I don't think of the break as a free pass to binge on sourdough bread and pasta, but one where I incorporate fruit, yogurt, beans, quinoa, etc. into the "break", which is what I expect my diet to look like when I reach my goal weight.

Mediterranean salad with romaine lettuce, grilled shrimp, tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives, and a sprinkling of feta cheese. A bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar drizzled over the top. Delish!


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