You know what infuriates me? When I read blogs and books where people say that they have found healthy food that is just as good if not better than unhealthy food. They'll talk about how they used to be "overweight", but then they found all of this yummy healthy food and now that's all they want to eat. They can eat like, you know, a cup of food, and would you believe it, they're full!?! Here's what I say- you have never actually been overweight. At least not like some of us. So stop pretending that you have found healthy food that tastes just as good and that you are always full. I don't believe you.
Let's just be honest- fatty foods always taste better. It's just a fact. What those of us who truly are overweight have to do is change our food behavior. We can't lie to ourselves and say that we actually like all of that healthy food better than unhealthy because it just leads to these awful feelings of deprivation. It's just not good. Instead, we have to change how we think about food itself.
Let me start by saying that this is all easy to say, and a lot harder to do. But it's what I've been trying to do, and sometimes it helps. Sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes I still give in and eat the unhealthy food. But sometimes, I follow what I am trying to think and I have small victories. So here's where I'm at.
I realized that I treat food as an emotional crutch rather than for survival. I have a bad day at work, feel stressed, and what do I do? I come home, refuse to cook, and eat something fatty and filling. Does it help relieve that stress for a moment? Absolutely. But then more stress comes from feeling uncomfortable in my own skin. Of always being nervous about the state of my heart and health. That may sound a little dramatic, but it's true. When you are actually overweight the fear of diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stroke, etc. all lurk in the deep recesses of your mind. So, eating fatty foods might help in the short term but not the long term. I also used food as a reward. I'd have a good day at work, really feel like the kids are getting it or that I'm making a difference, and I'd come home wanting to have a great meal to celebrate. And, just like the bad days, I'd have the same result.
So here's what I'm
And it is working. Kind of. It's definitely hardest when we go out to eat. There are just so many amazing choices on those menus that it's realllllllly hard to choose the grilled, nearly flavorless fish/chicken dish and the steamed veggies. So, we try to avoid going out to eat- which is great for our very limited budget.
So that's where I'm at. I'd love know how you handle the difficult choices of eating; unless you weigh under 130 pounds and have never weighed over 150 pounds.