I started eating again. For a Taoist, finding a balance within yourself is very important. Two weeks of denying yourself solid food just makes you think about solid food all the more. My slightly modified, but more balanced plan…
After 12 days of dieting (fruit and vegetable juice only), I lost 15 lbs. But, after the first 7 days, I had already lost 13 lbs. The last week, a combination of a lower metabolism and cravings for sugary liquids (chai, lemonade, etc.) dramatically slowed the weight loss.
So here’s the modified plan: Alternate between healthy, maintenance meals for a week or two, followed by a week of the juice-only diet. Repeat until desired weight is obtained. Maybe 3 days of diet followed by 4 days of maintenance (fits nicely in a week). The point being to not diet so long that the cravings get too strong, so strong that you obsess about eating or you bend the rules as I did.
My new maintenance diet has only three rules (Taoist-types hate rules): No candy. No soda and nothing that I wouldn’t be willing to kill myself. That means no mammals or birds. I can kill plants, eggs, some crustaceans, and fish (though I always feel bad when I do). There’s a logic to this: It just doesn’t seem right to let someone else to do the dirty work. If I’m not willing to do the killing, then I shouldn’t eat it. With a little imagination (admittedly gross imagination), just picturing myself cutting the throat of a cow or pig is surprisingly effective at curbing my meat cravings.
This may not seem like much of a diet to you, but keep in mind I used to eat these things (candy, soda, and animals) all the time. After a period of only juice though – eggs, fish, fruit, nuts, cheese, veggies, and rice become very appealing.
The above shot is from White Sands National Monument (N.M.). It was extremely windy and the sand and the sky often blended together at the horizon.
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