As I sit here and eat straight out of the jar of Nutella with a spoon, I realize I'm not following the diet I started several months ago.
I did awesome on my 30-day challenge. I never cheated. Not once. I even made it to 6-weeks before I had something with grains/sugar. Even after that, it was fine. We continued to shop for good meats, veggies, and the good fats. We did allow some grains/sugar back into our diet, but it was outside of our house. That I didn't mind. However, now Nutella makes an appearance *at least* once a week. We have snack bars for our son, cookies, ice cream...yeah...we lost focus.
Our son's behavior has also reflected it. He's not a bad kid by any means. He's 3, which sometimes makes me want to go hide away for the next year, but all in all, he's actually pretty well behaved. However, getting the sugar and more grain back into his diet has also brought back the unfocused, poor listening, etc. He doesn't even ask for bread any more at the house (we still don't have it here), but he is expecting sweet treats a lot. And, yes, I know I can make sweet Paleo-ish treats, but of course busy lives take over and convenience crap products enter in.
So, we're back to having to refocus. It's tough because you have it so together...you realize you CAN do this...and then you slip, which is fine, but then you do it again and again. And then, because you and your husband are trying to work multiple jobs, keep the house at just above the gross level, entertain a 3 year old and a 7 month old, the food becomes back burner and you're back to eating pure crap. Honestly, we still eat better than the SAD, but it's a noticeable difference when we were eating clean.
Now, we're considering taking dairy out. At least I am. Our daughter (7 months) has been battling eczema since she was 2 months old. It's been awful on her cheeks. We've realized we have to cover her hands at night to prevent her from scratching her cheeks so that has helped. But in reading, I've realized that much of the skin issues deal with eczema can come from food related issues. Dairy is one of the major culprits. So I'm going to try and try and try to remove it from my diet. I LOVE dairy. Love it. It's one of my favorite things ever. I've cut back on drinking straight milk already. I am going to have the biggest issue with cheese....and cream in my coffee. I am already OK with no sugar (thanks to my challenge in the summer of no sugar) in my coffee although I occasionally add a tiny bit of honey to change things up from time to time, so I am hoping to take the cream away may not be as difficult. I know I can use coconut milk. We'll see....
So, I don't even have a plan this time. Basically our plan is to spend at least 30 minutes each week making a complete meal plan (to include all meals and snacks) so we have no room for error. We've done it before so I know we can do it again.