I became alarmed at just how much I enjoyed cheating and grabbed Dr. Christine to sit down for a food chatty. She said that diets aren't one size fits all. This particular diet made me feel sick, so it's important I altered it. Dr. Christine not only gave me permission to cheat, but applauded me for it! A huge part of getting healthy is to listen to our bodies. Mine was telling me I needed meat, and rewarded me upon receipt.
I am not quite ready to throw in the towel on the #grnhchallenge however, so I went out in search of fresh ideas to keep this thing going. A fitness minded friend told me about Thug Kitchen, a popular vegan blog and resulting cook book. I have to tell you that the sass level is high with this one, and frankly I am not mad about it. Thug kitchen breaks down all the essential questions someone might ask when switching over to vegan land. Where do I get my protein? How do I cook tofu? Is tempeh a thing? The answers do not mess around. This book explains all things vegan in the most matter of fact, essentials needed, shut up and listen kind of way. You really can't help but learn a lot.
I am going to give this challenge another shot and I hope you will too. If you cheated, no worries friend, it’s no biggie. Not everyone can be a superhero or even just survive an elimination diet. To err is human dear friends, to forgive , divine. Forgive yourself when you are not able to be perfect all the time. Guilt can be painful, and the sufferer might find ways to soothe these painful feelings through unhealthy coping mechanisms. Do yourself, and your body a favor, and forgive yourself. Since I have forgiven myself for my food indiscretion, I have not only recommitted to the #grnhchallenge, but I have also found a fun, new cookbook to try. In failure we learn the most about ourselves, and while it can be disappointing, it can also be enlightening. Embrace this enlightening experience the #grnhchallenge has afforded you, and from all of us at Grand Rapids Natural Health, #yourewelcome.