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Posted by: cozzete, Monday, January 12, 2009, 7:21am
've read people's transmissions about how happy their diets make them. I feel the same way. I feel like i'm eating like the French...small, wonderful tasting meals... Please understand that I was not a cook before about six weeks ago. My grandmother was a great cook, my mother was a great cook...i just ate whatever and avoided bread as much as i could.  I just had a midnight snack of catfish with drizzled ghee and a side of mint chutney and liggonberry jam on the side. Not in a million years before this diet would i have thought of such a thing.  Earlier i had a little lamb pattie with artechokes and mint chutney and an escarole salad with macademia oil over it.

I could never eat pancakes before..they always made me sick. Last night i put an egg in a bowl, added some rice flour and a little water...poured into the olive oil in the pan...Put a little ghee on there and some maple syrup and i was truly in heaven.

I'd say the problem before this diet is that i didn't believe in food. Like some people don't believe in a god..i didn't believe in food. Because seriously...none of it tasted good enough to go to the trouble of cooking. And eating out or at other people's homes...It was always a matter of eating everything on one's plate...which is way too much food...and i always ended up with distended stomach and getting heartburn or stomach ache later. Now..instead of using the large plates..i use the smaller plates for my meals. And it seems like there is always lots of food in my refrigerator to choose from. Now i don't have enough room for everything in the fridge..always rearranging things to make room for this and that.

This must be a stellar year for me..last year cause now i know how eating works and i also learned how buying clothes works.  I seriously wore black legging and a black top for the last 25 years. Then i got this roommate who was a clothes horse..always buying new stuff at the used clothing stores..always colorful and dressed up with earings and jewelry and changing the color of her lipstick everyday. I haven't gone that far yet but i I wear colorful things now and i have a closetful of choices. I could never buy new things or even used things...cause i never knew what looked good on me. But this roommate...I went shopping with her and she would doesn't look good on you or yes, that looks really good...So i'd go shopping by myself...and i'd ask myself the question..does this look good on me?  Is it pretty? Has it go style?  Attractive? Will my grandchildren like it? and now i have a whole closet of pretty clothes..anyone of them i could wear at any time.  And a whole refrigerator of different foods..anyone of them good for me.

And the interesting thing is that when this roommate moved into my house last April i thought she would be cooking all the time her vegetarian indian meals and she didn't. And it ends up that i'm the one doing all the cooking. But in the beginning she had a lot of foods that were really bad for me. Different cool breads...oat  and thousand grain bread and this brand and that brand..all different and all tasting good and waffles and pasta this and pasta that...and i was having a near death experience. Plus i gained 5 pounds that took me from overweight to obese. I was having all these feelings in my chest and i could feel my blood boiling and my cholesterol was like 315 and i knew i had to do something.  I reentered the world of eating for one's blood type and found the genotype diet.  I haven't been to the doctor who said i had to come in right away based on that cholesterol test because there was no way i was going on any drugs.  But i knew i had to take my food intake into  my own hands. I mean..i could still die tommorow but i will have left the planet eating really well.

Another thing i noticed on this the beginning and right up until today i was eating that brown rice bread about 3 times a day.  They are little pieces....but i slop ghee all over them.  I think i was so happy to have "bread" that i've gone overboard. But my appetite for the bread is beginning to change. The more meat protein that i eat..the less attractive the bread is..and then i think i'll really begin to lose some weight.  I am overweight again but not obese..and i have cheated to make some treat for myself such as a little tahini(black dot) with some ghee, carob pieces(has some corn something in it) and agave syrup. heat it up...oh, so good. just eat two teaspoons of that.

I understand that i could fall off the wagon at any an alcoholic...i may get depressed about 2012 is almost here and some volcano is going to erupt somewhere and we'll all be gone...and i'll end up eating a hershey bar for breakfast  and dinner...with maybe tuna fish and mayonaise for lunch. I don't want to set myself up for failure...but it could happen and i hope i can just jump back on the wagon. There ought to be a subject heading for people who have fallen off the wagon.  I'll bet a lot of people go off for whatever reason and then don't want to come back to this site cause they feel guilty.
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Monday, January 12, 2009, 1:50pm; Reply: 1
You've come to the right place.  The folks here are so supportive & we all fall off the wagon in different ways.  I don't detect any judgment here, but lots of support.
There is a section in the 'off topic' part called FS Month (Fresh Start). Someone started it as a week to start over again if you goofed up(Is that right?).  Some folks share what they ate. Others share personal things that don't merit a whole thread. I shared more lately, but didn't that much before. Take a peek & add your own experience.
I am not a clothes horse & don't spend a lot on clothes, but I look better in bright colors, too. I love resale shops, but don't go often.  I have clothes I like.  I like colorful tops & plain pants/skirts/shorts.  I also am getting onto T-shirts that have a message I like including, I'm an O, I'm a BTD Babe, Curves, etc.  So welcome to BTDland. As you get to know the regulars, you will see the rhythm of this board & hopefully find it to be the best forum on the internet!  Check out Peppermint Twist.  We love her!
Posted by: 1323 (Guest), Monday, January 12, 2009, 2:13pm; Reply: 2
Hey Cozzette... congrats!  Realizing you can eat fantastic healthy GREAT tasting food is a beginning to healing everything!  

I mean really, trying to be on bland tasting diets and small portions gets so old.  This eating regime is a wonderful miracle.  I so look forward to our meals now and the benefits they are bringing to our bodies, minds and emotions.  

The weight loss for me is  not as important as how I am feeling.  I have felt so bad for so many years in and out of addiction and diet processes and being driven by a number on a scale or a clothing size that to be free of that is beyond joyous!  I can get on with living life and enjoying the bountiful riches of good food and health.

Glad you are here and having such success!  
Posted by: Lola, Monday, January 12, 2009, 7:01pm; Reply: 3
you ve come a long way!!!
great job and thanks for sharing your inspiring experience! :)
Posted by: Ribbit, Monday, January 12, 2009, 11:33pm; Reply: 4
What a great post!  Thanks for the neat testimony.  
Posted by: TJ, Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 12:12am; Reply: 5
Quoted from cozzete
I'd say the problem before this diet is that i didn't believe in food. Like some people don't believe in a god..i didn't believe in food. Because seriously...none of it tasted good enough to go to the trouble of cooking.

That's just how I felt.  I wished that I could live without eating, because it was so expensive and extra work, and at some level I must have known that what I was eating was making and keeping me sick.  I just wanted to fill my belly with as little effort as possible!  But now, I'm actually starting to enjoy cooking--sometimes, at least--and eating has become much more of a pleasure!
Posted by: RedLilac, Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 3:12am; Reply: 6
I never was as obsessed with food before in my life as I am now.   I ate because it was necessity to stay alive, not because I enjoyed it.   Sometimes Id find something I really enjoyed, and then Id make a pig out of myself eating it.  But that was rare.  

Youd think that with all the talk of food and easting in this forum that wed all weigh 3 times as much as we do. (think)
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 3:34pm; Reply: 7
Great to hear your wins on the diet cozzette!  :)
Posted by: Ribbit, Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 7:52pm; Reply: 8
My brother used to say, "Eating is a waste of time."  He'd want to eat standing up, or while studying, which drove my mom nuts, so he could hurry up and go work out.....again.  Ya think he's an O?  I don't know what he is, but he works out a lot and likes it.
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