It has been over a year since I’ve written, and a lot has changed in that time for me, especially in regards to my health. Most specifically, I’ve started seeing a neurologist for my chronic migraines (read: 15+ per month) and a nutritionist/naturopath to address the food-related aspect of those migraines. I had an IgG allergy panel done, and it turns out my gut is pretty particular about what it likes and doesn’t like! So we’ve laid out a specific eating plan for me that somewhat resembles the primal eating plan (dairy-free, grain-free, legume-free, and no artificial sweeteners or refined sugars). Turns out slimgenics and I won’t really work out very well as a result.
I hope those of you who are still on it are doing well, and I hope you take some of the lessons you learn on the program to heart.
I figured it would probably be good to reflect on the benefits of this chapter of my life as I bring it to a close. Some of the most important things I learned while doing slimgenics were the following (and I’m still implementing these techniques today to help me become healthier in my custom eating plan):
1. Plan your meals
Planning is critical. You have to know and prepare what you’re going to be eating in advance. Otherwise, if you’re anything like me, the desire for convenience will take over and you will just go for what’s readily available instead of what is best for you according to your plan.
2. Pack your meals the night before if you don’t work from home
Trust me, this makes the trudge to work that much easier, and it keeps you from getting into the position where you have to go get takeout because you’re empty-handed, leaving you vulnerable to make poor decisions when looking at a menu.
3. If you do go eat out, look at the menu online and decide what you are going eat beforehand; order first, if possible
Many restaurants are publishing more detailed nutritional information about their menu items online, so take a glance at the menu and make the best decision you can about what you are going to order in a pressure-free environment. No one will be around to say that the “fettuccine alfredo sounds delicious,” or the ” cheesecake looks wonderful” and tempt you with something you know you don’t need to have to feel satisfied. Make your decision as to what you are going to order, and then order first so you don’t waver in your decision based on what others end up ordering.
4. Eat new foods you haven’t had before
Trying to recreate all the foods you loved when you were eating less healthfully within the constraints of your new lifestyle is a sure-fire way to end up disappointed. The easiest way to enjoy the foods that are permitted in your eating plan is to try things you’ve never had before. This has honestly been one of the hardest lessons for me to learn, but I think it’s one of the most important. I used to put so much effort into recreating the familiar, only to end up bitterly disappointed when the results turned out inedible (honestly, you try making a decent clam chowder that’s on plan). But when I gave up trying to recreate my old favorites and started trying new things, I enjoyed what I was eating so much more because I had no expectations about how the results would turn out. I wasn’t comparing the flavors and textures of the dishes to my cherished family recipes; I was comparing them to… well, nothing! I looked, tasted, and felt, and I made a decision regarding whether or not I enjoyed what I was having. And more often than not, I ended up enjoying it.
I think those are the most notable items I’ve learned, and I have to say that they’re some of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my entire life. Slimgenics may not be the answer for me as a way of life, but it sure helped prepare me for the next step. I’m forever grateful for having participated in the program, and I wish the best of luck to those of you choose to do so. Be well!