I always knew that this kind of a drastic U-turn would be a massive adjustment, but I just glossed over the actual effort that would be involved. Atkins style dieting was great for weight loss, but it wasn’t easy. I genuinely stayed at 10-20 carbs per day for months at a time and lost 10-20 pounds a month. The effort of avoiding all breads, pastas, grains, potatoes and all things delicious and carby was intense. However, I was always able to hide my frown behind a porterhouse steak or a rotisserie chicken. It was hard to complain about not having french fries when I could eat bacon by the pound instead, but I still did. The problem that I encountered today is that there are not a lot of good plant based pacifier foods to hide a frown behind.
I am also experiencing some actual withdrawal symptoms and I’m barely 48 hours away from sushi and steak. My mouth is watering way more than it should just writing the word steak. While cleaning a years worth of pictures and video out of my phone I came across several images of various meats sizzling over charcoal: sausages with chicken, T-bones with a roast, and pork in all of its glorious forms. While reminiscing about the various grill-a-brations I didn’t weep openly. Luckily I was surrounded by people eating lunch… and I was too busy controlling my urge to grab a ham sandwich and run away to carnivorous freedom.