I was reading an email from Livestrong/the Daily Plate which is where I track my food and exercise and there was one sentance that made me laugh. ” I starting snacking more at work (even healthy snacks become unhealthy in large amount) and I tricked myself into believing that everything was good.”
Buy 10 boxes of Healthy(er) prep-ortioned things and then eat them. 5 things that are 100 calories still end up being 500 calories at the end of the day. So you think oh well I’ll just have this ice cream snack from weight watchers, it says WEIGHT WATCHERS right on the package so it must be okay! Well, that’s 170 calories. plus the 3 things you ate during the day that were “only” 100 calories. BAM! We’re at an extra 500 calories again. You know you’re not hungry for the snacks, or the Ice Cream, it just looks so good! But you know what? Food is not a reward, or something to make you feel good. It’s got to be more about delivering healthy things you need to be strong and live well.
It’s not about what you don’t eat, it’s about what you eat.
Stop thinking about all the things you could have, and just eat what you’re supposed to. You’re not denying yourself that pizza, it’s just food. It’s not that important. Whether it’s a tasty pizza, or a tasty pita with vegetables. If you eat when you’re hungry, and eat healthy food that does something positive for your body (protein, or calcium, or iron, or potassium) and just don’t eat because something “sounds good” you’ll feel better. I mean, I love to drink wine. I would easily down a small bottle of wine with dinner, or before bed, or at lunch, or all of the above, if I let myself. I don’t. It’s not good for me. I drink it in moderation (mostly). It’s really an entire change in the way you look at food. Once you can stop feeling like you are denying yourself and realize how unimportant food is, everything else changes.
Sorry for another food/exercise weight loss blog. I want everyone to take care of themselves, and be healthy and happy and around to take care of me when I’m old and feeble and parts of me no longer work!