No S Diet

July 8, 2010

A sparkpeople friend shared this website the other day, and I really like the concept.  The “No S Diet” is a simple set of principles to keep your eating sane, without driving yourself crazy counting calories.  Here are the rules:

  • No Sweets,
  • No Snacks,
  • No Seconds,
  • EXCEPT on days that start with S (including Sat, Sun & Special Occasions)

I remember reading a similar idea in Michael Pollan’s Food Rules and really liking the concept. While I was reading yesterday,  though “Ooh, I’ll start trying this next week, when my husband is out of town and we’ll have already gone through all of the ice cream in our freezer.”  But then I remembered a powerful blog I read a few weeks ago (I wish I could remember who posted it). The post consisted of two photos of hand-written note cards. One said “If not now, when??” and the other said “That’s the really the only question, isn’t it?”  It’s so true – I know what I need to do.  I know I need to stop eating 2-3 servings of sweets after dinner every night. I want to be the kind of person who doesn’t need to. The questions isn’t “what” to do, it’s “when.” And I choose now!  So as of today, I am giving this an honest shot. No sweets until Saturday!

I will make some modifications – if I am training for a race, I am going to consider pre and post-run food as a “meal,” not a “snack.” But I think the big, important pillar for me will be “no sweets.” Can I do it?  I think so 🙂

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