I'm realizing this challenge is really about nuts. All the other things on the list I am always happier doing without no matter what the situation, even if I tell myself differently beforehand. But I've always had an exception for nuts because they are supposed to be healthy. The problem is, they are kind of a "gateway drug" for me. They don't have the same drug-like effects and hangovers that sugar and flour do, but I have a hard time regulating their consumption, especially roasted peanuts and cashews. But even the others: pecans make me want dates (pecans and dates are just like pecan pie!), almond butter makes me want manna bread, raw cashews make me want grapes. And all those combinations are very very hard for me to eat in moderation. Plus after I fill up on this stuff, I get a stomach ache, and despite that, I want to continue to dopamine party so I often move on to the process foods with sugar, flour and oil and salt, and then I'm a goner.
I'm really curious to know if going without nuts will make me feel deprived. Going a year without them will be a good test of this question! Is life less enjoyable without them? I'd like to find out. Healthwise, I won't deprive myself of the following: flax, chia, sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. So I will get all the healthy benefits--more actually--as nuts, if I feel I need them.