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Just Don't Eat The Whole Cake

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5/4/2012 10:00 AM   :  93 comments   :  20,535 Views

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A few old college friends and I were at a birthday party, sitting near the birthday cake and talking about our dieting struggles and how hard it is to lose weight. We spoke of how many failed attempts and programs we had under our belts.  We decided it was terribly daunting and only a miracle could save us from our fate of being overweight the rest of our lives.  We griped about how society, work, stress, so many things played into the weight loss equation.  One of my friends' youngest children, who had been listening, came in and sat at the table, listening intently, and then said, ''Just don't eat the whole cake.'' So pure!

That is really the essence of it all. One slice has less calories than two. You can always track it in your plan. No more throwing out the ''day'' because of a treat. ''Just don't eat the whole ___.''  Split it with your friends, your husband, a take-home box.  The truth is, our portions are just too big for most of our activities during the day.  We don't burn off enough calories.
 
I'm not saying this lightly. Honestly, we can choose to be happy. If things get tough, we have to get tougher.  At 460 pounds, I didn't have it in me to get tough, but I did have it in me to make baby steps.  That was the toughness that I needed at that time.  Through these very baby steps, I lost 200 pounds and gained the ability to walk again.


Do you eat cake?  I do.  I have it as a treat, but cannot have such treats in the house.  I imagine we all have foods like that.  Once I get started eating them, I lose control and spiral into some sort of insatiable frenzy.  Those foods never come into my house.  When I go out, I will eat them in small portions if I crave them severely.  I don't always deprive myself of what I'm craving.
 
I've found that eating ahead of time helps if I know tempting foods are going to be around.  By filling up ahead of time on fiber and protein-filled foods, I don't leave enough room for the tempting stuff.  Fiber really is your friend in this battle, and partnered with protein, the two are hunger killers.  Be sure to drink plenty of water, as the fiber will swell a bit in your stomach, creating a full feeling.
 
Back to the simplest thought at hand.  Don't eat the whole ______.   I challenge you to leave some of whatever on your plate as an exercise in control.  Start with a scrap if that's all you can muster.  Then build from there. 
 
NEVER EVER TREAT YOUR BODY LIKE A GARBAGE DISPOSAL.  If food is unwanted or unneeded, then toss it out. Give it away, set it outside for hungry animals...  No, you are not wasting food.  A TRUE waste of food would be to put it on your body and have the ill health effects it could give you as an overweight person.  I speak from experience.  You then have to work off any weight gain, as well.  So, isn't the food better off somewhere else, like maybe with a sick or hungry neighbor?
 
Take the very pure advice of a child:  ''Just don't eat the whole cake.''  Children see things so simply without having to overanalyze the matter at hand.  I also found that the more pure and simple (close to nature) food I eat, the more weight I've lost.
 
You can do what you set your mind to do.  Eating a bit less at each meal is a good start.
Are you ready to put down the fork and not eat the whole _______?

Do you derpive yourself of the foods you enjoy or do you plan for them so that you can still eat them in moderation?
 


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  • 93
    I liked this blog but I especially liked the paragraph near the end. "No, you are not wasting food. A TRUE waste of food would be to put it on your body and have the ill health effects it could give you as an overweight person."
    This is speaks to me, personally. I have a tough time "wasting" food. I like this alternative outlook. - 8/4/2014   1:59:45 PM
  • 92
    What a smart challenge - to try leaving just a small scrap on your plate and build from there. I have a tough time not eating everything on my plate, especially when I love the stuff. Her challenge is a reminder that we DO have the ability to change lifelong bad habits by starting small. Thanks! - 8/4/2014   10:18:01 AM
  • 91
    I have my cake and lose weight too for sure! Portion control is amazing! I've never eaten a whole cake (or wanted to) but I definitely had my days in the past of consuming a whole pizza by myself...and lo and behold if you're only having a slice or two pizza is ok too. - 7/28/2014   12:19:56 PM
  • 90
    I love loosing weight and eating my cake too. It just goes to show that as long as you control your portions, you can have the foods you love. It may take time and a LOT of will power, but it can be done. Personally, pizza is my "cake." I can eat my weight in pizza, but if I limit myself to a slice with a big salad - basically a salad with a side pizza - I can satisfy my pizza fix and eat my veggies too! - 7/20/2014   11:03:25 PM
  • 89
    When you are an addict you cannot allow even a taste of your drug of choice. I am a sugar addict. I cannot have a little piece of cake. I will end up eating the entire cake. - 3/25/2014   10:00:15 PM
  • NANAWOO1
    88
    out of the mouthof babes
    - 9/10/2012   2:36:10 PM
  • 7WORSHIPS
    87
    Thanks for sharing this very timely reminder that I needed to hear. My battle cry when tempted to overindulge in a trigger food will now be, "Just don't eat the whole cake." Such a simple saying but so powerful! - 5/21/2012   5:35:37 AM
  • 86
    Terrific advice! Here is a similar suggestion: 1). Take a friend or family member who is also dieting and split ONE meal, including desert if desired. - 5/10/2012   5:23:20 PM
  • 85
    Such awesome advice! - 5/9/2012   6:48:29 PM
  • 84
    Very sage advise and what an amazing accomplishment! - 5/9/2012   1:26:39 PM
  • 83
    Out of the mouth of babes !! - 5/8/2012   1:41:54 PM
  • 82
    Amen! What an amazing story and so true! Im going to try to start doing this.
    - 5/8/2012   10:27:56 AM
  • ROGERSBABE1
    81
    Good advice...I have cut my carbs again but am trying to stay within my SP ranges otherwise. Last night, I had just 1/4 c of my favorite dessert. Apple cobbler...I did wish I could have had a whole bowl, but I left the restaurant feeling not deprived and proud of myself for not going overboard. I still had that light feeling in my body of being not hungry...satisfied, but far from full. - 5/7/2012   9:04:38 AM
  • 80
    the thing is that overeating has little to do with hunger. I have learned that I will not eat something if I don't have it. So if I eat cake... a couple of times a year at birthdays, it is one small piece when I'm out. I never have it in the house. I don't buy chips or fries and I might sneak a couple from one of my nephews' plates, but that's it.

    I eat healthy, filling foods... fiber is a staple... beans, whole grains, fruits, veggies. And still I gained 20 lbs. Not from hunger. Overeating has very little to do with hunger.... as the saying goes, it's about what's eating us. Still, if I had reverted to unhealthy, bad eating / shopping habits, I probably would have gained 50 lbs.

    Yes, don't eat the whole thing is a simple solution. But being overweight is a complex issue. I still believe the best option is to not have access to the cake in the first place. - 5/6/2012   8:49:18 PM
  • 79
    Chips! One of my many weaknesses. I found out about Nut Chips by Blue Diamond recently and they are now my new favs. Great with guacamole. Made from brown rice and almonds with no sugars added. You can have 15 and its only 130 calories. I added it to the food list under Blue Diamond Nut Chips this morning. - 5/6/2012   6:50:37 PM
  • 78
    Thanks for the good advice. My weakness is chips, so I try to not buy them. When I do buy them, I limit myself to a few a day. It is hard, but worth it to break the chip habit! - 5/6/2012   10:32:17 AM
  • 77
    great advice thank you - 5/6/2012   8:22:35 AM
  • 76
    Thanks so much for this simple advice that you practice. I can and never will be perfect but I can make progress in baby steps. Keeping the sweets out of the house is definitely important. I appreciate your sharing!
    - 5/6/2012   7:17:47 AM
  • CRANRANA
    75
    This post really resonated with me. It's definitely relatable to my dieting situation. I work along doing fine, then something (who knows what) sets me off and I go into a frrenzy. I do find my taste buds are changing, but it's taken a loooong timne!! That child certainly spoke the truth. - 5/6/2012   12:49:37 AM
  • RUFUSRIO
    74
    Great blog! - 5/6/2012   12:47:21 AM
  • 73
    Easier said than done, but knowing this allows us to put our efforts in the right direction. Don't eat the whole ___ has stopped many a binge for me. - 5/5/2012   11:57:32 PM
  • LZIKES
    72
    Great blog. I love this idea. I plan to try to do this. My problem is eating out and eating at a party. Thanks! - 5/5/2012   9:42:19 PM
  • 71
    From the mouths of babes.... so very true. - 5/5/2012   8:00:51 PM
  • 70
    I'm definitely a small slice of cake kind of person - deprivation only leads to me binging, and that isn't good! (And I only make cakes when we have a crowd coming to the house, or to take to an event - to make sure I don't eat the whole cake!) - 5/5/2012   5:44:26 PM
  • 69
    Wonderful advice. I am starting to learn to stop eating when I am full. I don't need to finish all on my plate, I can put it back on the fridge for another time.
    Kids are so smart! - 5/5/2012   2:19:50 PM
  • APPLEGREENGIRL
    68
    I am learning to plan for "indulgences" rather than deny myself altogether. It really is all about choices and portion control and all those things we've been hearing about and don't really want to think about! However, it does feel good to be able to indulge, yet still be able to track it and remain within our calorie range. Not always easy, but it does feel good when I do it right :) - 5/5/2012   1:24:45 PM
  • 67
    Reminds me of a dinner party I had where I'd made a gorgeous huge lasagna, a mountain of asparagus, and some raspberry white chocolate tiramisu. As I watched my friend devour an entire quarter of the lasagna, lots of asparagus, and then two pieces of tiramisu, she lamented how hard it was to lose weight and how she'd tried everything. I've been there, too, and still mini binge once in awhile--it's never ever a good thing. Indulging is a single Reese's peanut butter egg, not three like I've been known to do. - 5/5/2012   1:10:06 PM
  • GRANNYQUINN
    66
    Mmmmm, I Love Cake and have it too! - 5/5/2012   12:26:25 PM
  • 65
    If you don't eat it all now, then you have more for later!! I like to make it last longer. I still have Christmas candy and it's May!! One or two bites is all I need and then I move on. Now this may be a different story when it comes to brownies or chocolate cookies. I really have a hard time turning those down. I have been trying something new and taking several swigs of water in between bites.

    Good luck everyone!

    rumbamel - 5/5/2012   11:49:12 AM
  • 64
    I have "NO FORBIDDEN FOOODS!" Simply stated, it means I "Can Have" anything in moderation! When we "forbid" a food, we mentally and emotionally, put ourselves in a downward spiral. But by "allowing" any food, but 1 serving,
    or a portion of a serving, and THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART....KNOW WHAT A SERVING IS, then we will be able to enjoy the "taste of the fruit" without hurting all our hard work to get us where we need to be.....HEALTHY! - 5/5/2012   10:37:10 AM
  • 63
    Thank you for reminders of wisdom. What an inspiration your success is to all of us who are still striving to "get it right" and become healthy & fit. -- Maryjean - 5/5/2012   10:36:49 AM
  • 62
    Wow so simple! I love your analogy..... keep up the good work Beth, we are all so proud of you! Thank you for sharing your stories with us. - 5/5/2012   10:23:05 AM
  • 61
    Love this! It's so good to know that others have the same struggles. Thanks for the support! - 5/5/2012   10:16:25 AM
  • CLAYLADY001
    60
    I have pretty good control over what I eat but do love mexican food and will indulge myself today.Plan on making several varietys of mexican food even though Hubby is not big on mexican cooking.Will give him a hamburger instead.I had a couple of small pieces of white cake several days ago and it was wonderful.Yesterday broke down and fixed homemade choc.milkshakes for both of us,they were so good but filling so I didn't have any dinner and he ate lightly.Today LOOK OUT !!! - 5/5/2012   10:01:25 AM
  • 59
    Out of the mouths of babes! A simple truth now Just do It! - 5/5/2012   9:55:47 AM
  • 58
    Like you I don't let those foods in my house or only for very special occasions. I love ......... I just can't eat the whole thing. - 5/5/2012   9:53:45 AM
  • 57
    Just walking away from the danger zone is the only way for me to prevent some form of compulsive eating. The good news is that I walk away from it most of the time now, instead of running towards it constantly. - 5/5/2012   9:51:45 AM
  • 56
    As with all things in life, the key is balance. - 5/5/2012   9:40:52 AM
  • TURNINGTABLES21
    55
    Such wisdom! We don't give kids enough credit. - 5/5/2012   9:19:41 AM
  • STEADFASTNSEE
    54
    Beth If you still know that young person, please be sure and tell him how his one off-chance comment was so profound in one so young. You are inspirational because you did the work but he planted a seed of hope that day! HUGS to you both! - 5/5/2012   8:51:16 AM
  • 53
    Trigger foods are not on my list. - 5/5/2012   8:20:24 AM
  • 52
    Powerful blog. Congrats on your success. I have also learned along the way of this journey not to deprive myself of any foods. I use portion control and smart meal planning to add those occasional treats. I will be using your advice about the fiber rich foods before going out...like to a party. Continued success vibes coming your way. - 5/5/2012   8:16:17 AM
  • GREEKGAL1
    51
    Great blog! I agree completely. If you deprive yourself, then you are more likely to eat the whole thing. - 5/5/2012   8:12:24 AM
  • 50
    Thanks for this blog! I do have treats and account for them in my daily calories. Like you, I don't keep them in my house usually but I am learning gradually to not eat the whole (box, bag,container). - 5/5/2012   7:53:22 AM
  • 49
    love this!! From the mouths of babes come the most profound thoughts, eh?? Thanks for another great blog! - 5/5/2012   7:27:49 AM
  • 48
    Great reminder. Thanks. - 5/5/2012   6:15:17 AM
  • TRENAMARIE
    47
    I KNOW YOU ARE RIGHT, WHY DO I BUY ICE CREAM WHEN I KNOW IT SUCH A DISTRACTION, CAN'T LEAVE IT ALONE, SO I AM GOING TO GET RID OF IT, AND WHEN I REALLY NEED TO HAVE SOME, WE CAN GO OUT, AND GET A BABY CONE, I HOPE I CAN BE AS STRONG AS YOU, THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION - 5/5/2012   5:39:38 AM
  • 46
    I wished I could click "that sparked me" .... you just strengthened my intention to take another route when getting to work. On that route there is no bakery or anything - so I can only eat what I have with me. And leave the dangerous time for the noon - when I'm at work (working in a big company we have some shops and a canteen - with healthy as well as unhealthy choices to make). THANK YOU SO MUCH :) - 5/5/2012   3:15:14 AM
  • 45
    yes I plan the things I like in small doses. Like today I went out to eat and Dennis and I shared onion rings. I ate 2 and he ate the rest. 2 was enough for me. - 5/5/2012   12:19:15 AM
  • 44
    Great advice and thanks for sharing. Children are wonderful, aren't they? - 5/4/2012   11:09:11 PM

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