Saturday, February 20, 2010

You gotta Keep 'em Separated

This morning I managed to make my little sister a breakfast burrito with egg, sausage and cheese - yet eat Fiber One instead. I deserve a gold medal.

Ok.. ok.. so I made a smaller one for myself for my morning snack 2 hours later. BUT, the triumph is eating something separate. Dinner tonight will be difficult as well. Mom is making some pork chop pot roast dish. It smells heavenly right now.

Monday will be a birthday celebration for a good friend. I believe we're going somewhere for $1 burger night. Argh!

If I was isolated for 30 days, I would have no problem plugging away. But, living in the real world and (thankfully) having people in my life, means that my choice to do this 30 days of cereal will bring me into conflict with what other people eat.

I know this is a common dilemma for those going through dietary changes. If my only change was to "eat healthy", it wouldn't be a problem to engage those around me in the efforts. However, in my particular project, I don't think I can convince friends to eat cereal for dinner at the restaurant Monday.

Any readers have tricks for what's helped them get through a separate diet from those around you?


  1. Um, why don't you officially make the cereal your mid-morning and afternoon snack (and maybe your dessert too, if you're set on having it 3 times a day)? You're already eating regular food for regular meals anyway, just calling it a snack instead of a meal. Does that just mean your portion size is smaller or that you're eating it at a different time? Seems to me it's kind of cheating to eat a breakfast burrito and split pea soup as a snack. Just call them what they are (meals) and call the cereal the snack instead (which it basically is)?

  2. Valid observation, M. But, since I laid out the rules for this endeavor as having the cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I've tried to be true to that. The portions of the other foods are smaller - even if they aren't really "snacky" foods.

    For the last two days, I've felt similar to your sentiment. I think the cereal has at a minimum been a hunger barrier to eating more of other foods and at a max something that forces me to change my normal behavior.

    For the record, all of my snacks are 1.5-2 hours after the previous meal.