I’m not really one to subscribe to diets. Eating for me is simple – eat food, not too much, mostly plants as the famous Michael Pollen once said. I believe food should be real, not out of a packet and prepared (as much as possible) at home in the kitchen.
I have been reading lately however about the concept of the ‘No S Diet’, which has caught my interest. The basic principal is to avoid seconds, snacks and sweets on all days except (sometimes) those beginning with the letter ‘s’. This concept caught my eye because of its simplicity and also its sensibility. It doesn’t dictate which foods you can and can’t eat absolutely. The days starting with ‘s’ still allow for treat meals and the occasional indulgence. What I like about this way of eating is that it strips it back to basics. It reinforces the mantra that desserts are a ‘sometimes’ food and not something that should be indulged in every night. It also takes the focus off snacking and places it more on three solid meals a day. As one website suggests, when you know you only have three meals, you make each meal count.
I am a huge afternoon snacker (I love my nuts, seeds or occasional piece of fruit) so for me to embark on this way of eating will be a challenge. This week however I am going to attempt to eat this way. Just for one week. As always when I try something new, I want to see how it makes me feel. I want to know if I am left hungry or whether I get to know my body’s true hunger signals. I know for sure that afternoon snacking for me is completely behavioural. More often than not I reach for a snack when I am not even hungry. I do it just because it is ingrained in my daily routine that this is what I do. I also derive a lot of satisfaction from snacking so removing this element will be a challenge. Dessert shouldn’t be too tough, as I don’t often indulge.
For me, I think the biggest challenge to overcome will be ensuring I eat enough at each meal to ward off hunger, particularly lunch. I will let you know by the end of the week how it went. For now I can report that Day 1 is largely complete but I can advise that I was very peckish between lunch and dinner. Let’s hope I can last the week!