I am thinking about trying the MWL program for a month. I honestly feel it is more restrictive than I'd be happy with long-term, but I figure I owe it to myself to at least try. I'd also be curious how much faster my weight loss would be doing it.
Unlike my current diet, where I make exceptions here and there and am not 100% compliant, if I were to do this I'd want to stick to the rules. No variations. No exceptions. So I need to understand the rules, and I have a few questions for starters.
1. No flour products. I can understand this rule for any commercial ground flour, as even the "whole wheat" isn't truly whole-meal flour, and has had nutrition processed out of it. But what about flour I mill myself at home, just prior to use? It's got 100% of all the nutrients, no added anything. It's good stuff!! The breads and pasta I make from it are truly a gift from heaven. If the answer is no, I can't use it, I can live with it. But I'd sure like to know the rationale!!
2. No simple sugars. Does this include honey? When I first started changing my diet, before I even knew about McDougall, I made my morning porridge palatable by mixing in yogurt, honey, and cream! One of the first changes I made when I came here was to stop the yogurt and cream. I still have a small amount of goats milk in my daily porridge, and one small spoonful of honey. The goats milk is one of my "exceptions" in my current diet and I don't even have to ask about that... it's gone if I do MWL. But can I still have the one small spoonful of honey?
3. Fruits. I understand I can have 2 servings of fruit a day on MWL. What if I want to have blueberries as one of my servings? How many blueberries are in a serving?
Those are my questions for now. Thank you for your time.
I think you on the right track, Norm, and that you will be pleased with the results. Also, expect your tastes and preferences to change as you have more experience with a simpler way of eating.
Flour and breads are concentrated. So, like simple sugars, you can ingest many more calories in a bite of these than you would get in a bite of of the unrefined foods. So it makes sense to avoid them. Keeping the calorie density (calories/weight) low is very helpful for weight management.
I think a general rule for servings of fruits and veggies is that 1/2 cup is a serving but someone may correct me on that. So you could enjoy a cup of berries daily. You could use them to sweeten your oatmeal!
Eat your spoon full of honey...and get over it!!! Ha ha!
Now focus on all of the wonderful foods you can eat that are within the MWL guidelines! Enjoy the food and keep us posted on your successes!