On June 5th of this year, I removed all sorts of toxins from my diet. I started eating extremely clean and paying very close attention to everything I put in my mouth and body. I am Ketogenic for the most part though I do not consume a lot of the things some keto folks allow themselves to have. Coffee, carbonation, sugar substitutes in many forms, packaged and processed food, etc. (I do still eat cheese. It's low carb, delicious, and makes me happy.) The Ketogenic diet does work and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to lose weight. I personally choose to take it to another level of healthy consumption. Find and do what works for you.
I get asked often if I "cheat" or have a "treat day". I DO NOT! I am a recovering food addict. I am/was a food junkie. Years and years ago, I quit illegal, addictive drugs easier than I have ever been able to walk away from food. You wouldn't want, expect, or encourage a heroin or meth addict to have a "cheat day" or treat themselves to a gram of this or a teener of that every now and then. If I were to eat something that was considered a treat, I'd likely want and crave other things associated with that choice and then all of a sudden...we're snowballing into a junkie slamming an 8-ball. I do not get upset when I'm asked, but this is always the thought process. I CANNOT CHEAT. I won't do myself the disservice. Not after all the hard work I've put in.
I started looking at my body and health like a bank account and my mouth like an ATM machine. You want money in the bank and you aren't going to walk up to an ATM and try to shove anything but money in it. Make sure you know what you're putting in your account. I keep the value of my foods high and make sure they're going to be beneficial to me in some way. Cutting out all the garbage and junk together made it much easier for me to overcome the cravings for sugar and other "comfort foods." I'm sure there's some science behind one thing making you want another. For me, though some air popped popcorn isn't a horrible choice, I could never eat it because I don't do popcorn without Pepsi.
If I need a little boost in sugar I eat berries. Berries are full of all sorts of goodness. They are definitely money in your bank if you want or need something sweet. The weight loss is wonderful but the way I feel by changing my diet and consumption is EVERYTHING!
I'm so glad I'm breaking away from my food addiction.
"I can choose to let it define me, confine me, refine me, outshine me, or I can choose to move on and leave it behind me." - Unknown