The 50 Million Pound Challenge continues, and I’ve been pretty proud of myself so far. Thanks to your delicious recipe recommendations, I made some yummy and nutritious soups to tide me over the wisdom teeth blues. Thank you, bellas!
Recovery has led me to steer clear of the kind of foods that were doing me no favors.
I’m happy to report that potato chips haven’t touched my lips in the past two weeks.
But this weekend I am totally going to the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.
The four-day Food Network fiesta is an exercise in excess if ever I’ve seen one. The grand tasting village is described as “the Olympic Games of gastronomy.” Look at these people! Everybody’s eating! And all of my favorite Food Network stars will be there, mixing, mingling, presenting cooking demonstrations, and eating from little plates. So my question is — how do I keep my eyes on the weight loss prize when I’m hoping to hobnob with The Neelys and Paula Deen?
There is a way, and it has everything to do with my attitude towards food.
Excess and portion control issues have been part of my lifelong battle with food, and in the past my response has always been to go on a DIE with a T, and take it to the opposite extreme. This has resulted in a whole lotta yo-yoing on the scale.
I lost 40 pounds on the Atkins Diet, but I couldn’t wait for my “induction period” to be over. And when it ended, the slowly-introducing-regular-food part of the diet failed miserably. And then I blamed myself for not having the discipline Dr. Atkins’ plan demanded.
That particular plan didn’t mesh well with my psyche. I learned that despite the fact that I know better, the concept of dieting eventually leads me to want to rebel. To not diet. And that leads me to overindulge, and occasionally binge on the foods I’d been trying to steer clear of in the first place. I got on a see-saw of punishing myself with food, then over-rewarding myself with food.
No more of that.
Part of reconciling myself to a slow and steady get healthy strategy means throwing out those old ways of thinking.
I’m not on a diet, or a weight loss plan. This is a lifestyle change, and a mental alteration to my approach to food.
I want to nourish myself as best as I can. I want to eat foods that are fresh and healthy and good for me, not the kinds of foods I know are unhealthy.
So armed with that resolve, I’m ready to go out and enjoy myself without the OMG all-you-can-eat buffet mentality. Next week, back to cooking for myself and making healthy dinners. So at the South Beach Wine and Food Fest, I’m looking for fresh ideas. It doesn’t have to be about overindulging, it can be about finding inspiration!
If you’re like me and have had issues with porton control or food cravings, this site suggests healthy alternatives and explanations. And these tips have helped me realize some of my nutritional downfalls. For example, more than half of the time that I just feel a craving for cookies or macaroni and cheese, or chocolate, my body is really just crying out for a tall glass of water.
When I come home from work before I cook dinner, sometimes I’m starving and want to reach for a bad-for-me snack. That bag of marshmallows up on the top shelf of the pantry where it’s just out of reach but always within sight might satisfy my sweet tooth in a soft, chewy instant, but eating a small handful of my favorite vanilla-flavored almonds will satisfy my hunger until I make myself a healthy dinner. Little changes like this are helping me slow my roll and make better, more informed decisions about what I eat on a daily basis.
Do you have any special tips or techniques you use to resist temptation when it’s staring you in the face? Share with me!