â™¥ Amy â™¥ wrote:So, I started today - 'Norm Style' - a little bit here and there eating the McD way. I need to go grocery shopping, but that will happen.
Norm Style! Yay!
I've been doing a lot of thought lately on just what defines my approach to this way of eating. After all... I am 100% McDougall compliant about 95% of the time. What makes my approach different than other people's approach?
I set out from the very start knowing that changing my diet was a HUGE undertaking. I knew it'd take incredible effort. I knew I'd have to give up foods I loved my entire life. And I knew I couldn't do it all at once.
But most importantly, I saw that I had lifelong relationships with food that were just as dear to me as relationships Ive had with people. I've known from past experience that it is not easy to break off relationships with people I've known and loved for long periods of time, no matter how unhealthy those relationships had become. There had to be a grieving process involved in getting over those relationships before I could move on.
So it is with food. It's not always just as easy as one day changing our diets completely and never looking back. I know some here have done just that, and I admire them. I couldn't. I have been here long enough to see people come here all fired up, change EVERYTHING about their diet and lifestyle, report how great they feel about it, only to be gone in 2-3 weeks. I have been here long enough to see people who've been struggling with this for years, who repeatedly jump on the 100% compliance bandwagon, struggle, and eventually fall off. Repeatedly.
I honestly believe that many of these people could benefit from a slower transition into this lifestyle. One which not only allowed for time to say goodbye and grieve the ending of unhealthy relationships with food, but which actively focused on doing just that.
It was a process, but one which I knew I had to go through. And looking back, it didn't take all that long. Within a few short months I was well on my way. I've had 68 weeks of continuous weight loss at an average of 2.6 pounds per week. There has to be something to my approach.
You can do this! If jumping in head first doesn't work for you, then the "Norm Style" just might be your pathway to McDougall Bliss.