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Category: Happy Eating

Ok, something weird is happening. I've been gradually reducing my carb intake by cutting out most grains. Yet I'm not freaking out. My response to the idea of low-carb has always been, "Oh, hell no." Just thinking about it would make me feel edgy and defensive. I'd have to go make a sandwich to calm down. Kind of the same deal with doing 30 days of Paleo eating. As soon as I declared my self "one of them" and committed to no grains or sugar, I went kind of bonkers and started fantasizing about the Italian food bonanza and epic dessert I was going to eat as soon as it was over. 

It seems to be the act of committing to a diet plan or applying a label that causes the chaos. If I just play with an idea, doing it in a part-time, half-ass, no-stress way, I'm able to make more changes with less backlash than if I vow to do it "right." For example, after reading Wheat Belly, I've been toying with the idea of eating less wheat. If I'd declared myself gluten-free, I'm sure I'd have had a fit of rebellion and gone straight to Panera Bread to make it all better. As it is, I'm just experimenting with other food options. The only wheat I ended up eating last week were a pizza crust and an ice cream cone. You know, the important wheat. :-D

This week, I'm toying with the idea of skipping my day-off mixing bowl of air popped popcorn. I'm going to maybe have some cheese and nuts and dark chocolate instead and see how that goes. Next week I might try an experimental gluten-free pizza I saw at the grocery store. It has a cheese-based crust! No grain at all. I don't remember the name. It was in a red box, frozen. Anybody know what I'm talking about?

How about you? Does committing to a specific diet or applying a label cause problems? Have you found a way around it? Or do you prefer the structure and guidelines of joining a group or following a plan?

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