Monday, November 14, 2011
This afternoon, I entered my weight in the weight tracker with great reluctance! In two weeks, I gained 4 pounds! My goal weight of 140, which I achieved two weeks ago, is now a distant memory! I now weigh 144 pounds and am in need of some serious food tracking. I am surprised by how stealthily my body put on this weight. I really wasn't thinking about it, but it just happened!
I am good during the day with restricting my calories, but the evenings are the danger time when I overeat. Even having all my food planned in advance with the food tracker did not stop me from throwing away my plan and binging on walnuts and raisins last night!
Well, this morning I took those traitorous raisins and threw them in the trash! I am not going to let this continue! I don't like wasting food, but this is serious. I will give up walnuts if I have have to. We will see if I can lose weight and continue eating them. Whatever food is a problem food for me, I will remove from my kitchen and from my sight. I will not allow temptation to remain in my refrigerator or cupboards.
I overate because of my maladaptive response to stress. I was eating a delicious food to make me feel good when I felt stressed. This will end now! I plan to do something else when I am stressed instead of eating. I may have a cup of tea. I may go for a walk. I will do anything rather than eat to handle stress. This is a major challenge I am facing now. Please wish me success in overcoming my weakness in this challenging time.
Keep the spark!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
When I was a young man in college at the University of Massachusetts and living away from home for the first time, I used to eat a whole pound of peanut M&M's for dinner! I was young and foolish and back in the early 70's few people cared or even knew about good nutrition. Today I am older and wiser. Instead of candy and sweets, I eat fruits and vegetables following the Paleo Diet.
Now if you look at peanut M&M's and grapes and compare them, they look similar because they are the same size and shape. Below is a photo of the red, seedless grapes and the peanut M&M's.
Only the shape and the size is the same. In each bowl is one serving, 1/2 cup, of grapes and M&M's. Now the grapes have just 30 calories, while the colorful, but disgusting M&M's have a whopping 250 calories! You do the math. The nasty M&M's are going to make you fat and give you indigestion, while the grapes will nurture your body with healthy nutrients.
The M& M's contain whopping amounts of sugar and unhealthy fats. This is what makes them so addictive to candy addicts. Don't be fooled by the peanuts. The peanuts are just a delivery mechanism for the sugar and fat fix. The M&M's are not real food, but are a mix of chemicals. The list of ingredients is as long as your arm and contains all sorts of chemicals I never heard of, and I have a Ph.D. in organic chemistry! The choice is a simple one. Eat foods like healthy grapes, and you will feel good and be healthy. Eat foods like the M&M candies and you will feel lousy and get sick. If you have any of this unhealthy food in the house I urge you to go through your cupboards and get rid of it. Do your body a favor and eat the healthy fruits and veggies. Here is a closeup of the red, seedless grapes. I ate the grapes after I took the photo and threw the M&M's in the trash where they belong!
Keep the spark!
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