Tunes for Tuesday: Careful, by Kami Thompson
Motivation Monday: So far so good

Meeting with the dietitian: Loved it!

I thought I'd write about Thursday's meeting with the dietitian this evening because I had a feeling I'd be wanting to occupy my hands, like EAT YOGURT/EAT CHEESE/EAT SUGAR, which I cannot do for the next 2 weeks.

Meeting with Meryl Brandwein was unlike any other dietitian appointment I've ever had. She knew that I needed more than the "why don't you try eating salads?" advice that most dietitians seem to dish out to everyone, regardless of their nutritional background. 

I am a nutrition geek -- SPEAK TO ME OF THE KREBS CYCLE! -- so we got super technical with metabolism, liver function, lab test recommendations, and other wonderful geeky nutrition things.

This is exactly what I was looking for -- not a "diet" but a way of eating that can get me to optimal health with weight loss as a side effect.

To kick that off, I'm doing a 14-day plan. I hesitate calling it a "cleanse" because that conjures images of silly maple syrup concoctions and deprivation. This has none of that (especially the maple syrup). Instead, it involves two pea-protein based smoothies, one "real meal" and snacks. To be honest, I've never been a fan of pea protein because it tastes like pea soup, but by the time I made the second smoothie of the day today I realized that if I didn't smell the smoothie it tasted better. So I'm going to use the lid on the Nutri Ninja cup to mask the legume-y smell. 

Happy, happy, joy, joy.

My afternoon snack made me super happy -- half a chopped avocado, drizzled with salsa. I can totally get behind a plan that includes avocados.

Here's where it gets tricky -- RIGHT DAMN NOW (10:19 p.m.). This is when I reflexively head to the kitchen. Am I physically hungry? Ummm, no! And I'm not craving anything at all. That's the point of taking out the dairy and sugar -- two things that I'm apparently deeply, deeply in love with. I had an apple and a tablespoon of almond butter for my nighttime snack and it satisfied any creamy, sweet, crunchy urges. 

So it's not my stomach that needs wrangling tonight -- it's my head. But not having any physical hunger or cravings makes it a bit easier.