When people began to notice that I was losing weight, lots of people asked, “What kind of diet are you on?” Truthfully, I’m not doing a particular “diet”.

Merriam-Webster has two main definitions for the word diet.

  1. Noun: The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.
  2. Verb: To restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.

Of course, I have a “diet”. I, as a person, have foods that I habitually eat. But I am not ON a diet, restricting myself to small amounts or special kinds of food. I have some basic guidelines, but that’s about it. Here they are in a nutshell.

  1. I don’t drink sweet drinks. I could drink one 20 oz Dr. Pepper…or eat 5 apples.
  2. I don’t eat seconds.
  3. I choose wheat/whole grain over white bread.
  4. I try to keep healthy snacks around. Some of my favorites: nuts, pickles, string cheese, protein bars, yogurt, fruit.

This is “my diet”. It’s how I eat, and will continue to do so. Nothing short-term, no quick weight-loss plans. Just a new way of approaching food.

So, what did I eat today?

For breakfast, I had two packs of instant oatmeal. Then, about 9 o’clock I had an apple. Around ten I grabbed a diet drink and a pickle. I usually eat lunch early. Today, at about 11:15 I had a big bowl of pasta fagioli soup, a couple of crackers, and some light (70 calorie) yogurt. About 2 o’clock I had a protein bar. About 4 o’clock I had another pickle. Dinner was veggie stir-fry over brown rice and one and a half egg rolls. After my run, I had some low-cal Gatorade, and handful of Macadamia nuts, and split a bag of popcorn with Cheryl.

Sounds like I ate all day, doesn’t it? I did. My total calories for the day was still well below 2,000. It is possible to eat, be full, be healthy, and still lose weight.

What’s for breakfast? I think I’ll have grits…