Friday, April 04, 2008
I think I need to battle the hurdle of eating too quickly. I know I eat fast, I have for as long as I can remember. There are a number of contributing factors:
1. My family communicated quickly and loudly while eating. You essentially have to shovel down your food to get involved in the conversation. It's really quite an experience, but I learned bad habits from it.
2. My father is a super speed eater (and a serious over-eater) so to keep up with the food, you had to match him. Sometimes, I would eat snacks with him, and try to eat more so he would eat less (he has always been scarily overweight), which, of course, added to my bad habits. It's also quite a psychologically interesting thought that I would eat to keep my father from eating too much.
3. I'm from Jersey. The east coast is a fast-moving zone. People don't slow down there for anything. It is truly a mentality, we move fast, think fast, drive fast, eat fast. I've been moving mid-western for a while, but I'm still a Jersey girl at heart, so it can be hard for me to slow down.
Therefore, I need to add a new goal to my life (and probably my goals section!) to learn to slow down, in eating, and in general. If I make it an overall life goal, it is more likely to stick.
I believe this will help me defeat some of my over-eating tendencies by allowing me to savor and enjoy my food, rather than trying to continue the sensation by shoveling more of it in. I know that often I eat to enjoy the sensation of good food, so, this allows me the sensation longer while decreasing the quantity.
Can you tell I'm a scientist?
Onward! .... slowly . . .
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Ok. New plan for eating. 1) eat whole and natural foods for the next week (starting Mon.) and see if it affects how I feel. If no change, then I'll change the plan after that.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Thanks to LOVINGHIM555, I've learned that I should read the ingredients even more carefully, so I'm going through my usuals and listing the interesting items, and then figuring out if I should replace them. I am only blogging chemicals and probable allergens, not normal stuff. (BTW - I'm a biologist, so I use chemical notation)
Bacon: sugar, salt, sodium lactate, canola oil, smoke flavor, Na diacetate, Na PO4, Na Erythorbate (made from sugar), Na NO3, flavor
Cheese: whey, whey protein concentrate, Na citrate, Ca PO4, salt, Na PO4, sorbic acid, enzymes, artificial color, vitamin a palmitate
Milk: K citrate, carrageenan
Smart Balance: palm fruit, soybean, canola, flax seed, and olive oils, salt, vegetable monoglycerides and sorbitan esters or fatty acids, flavor, soybean lecithin, K sorbate, Ca Na2 EDTA, TBHQ and lactic acid, Vit E, Vit A, beta-carotene color
Smart dogs: soy protein isolate, wheat gluten, evaporated cane juice, salt, yeast extract, soy sauce (soybeans, wheat, salt), carrageenan, vegetable gum, KCl, No MSG.
Morningstar farms sausages: wheat gluten, soy protein concentrate, soyprotein isolate, corn oil, Na caseinate, soybean oil, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (wheat fluten, corn gluten, soy protein), autolyzed yeast extract, Na PO4-s, salt, Na2 inosinate, cellulose gum, whey poswer, modified corn starch, maltodextrin, KCl, dextrose, Na2 guanylate, brewers yeasr, torula yeast, soy lecithin
Whipped Cream: sugar, mono and di glycerides, carrageenan, sorbitol
Wow. There is a lot of junk in what I eat. Hmmm. I should work on that. This is long, more later.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
So, this week I was meant to eliminate MSG from my diet. So, I went label reading and hunting for MSG, and you know what, I already have eliminated it from my diet. I was pretty amazed. I think it helps that I eat mostly real food now, fruits, veggies, meat, dairy, you know. Either that, or organic replacements. Amazing. Well, I suppose that is good for me anyway to avoid it, and if I was sensitive to it, good for me. Strangely enough though, I can't seem to control my sodium intake. Mostly it's from all the dairy I eat, 30-40% of it (i calculated). But it's just plain old salt they add to that. It is hard to find dairy without salt, so I guess in that way I'm just stuck. Today, most of my sodium is coming from sauerkraut. Oh well.
Anyway, next week, I eliminate corn. I've nearly eliminated all high fructose corn syrup, except in a few salad dressings. So, therefore, this should be reasonable. Starting Monday, bye bye corn!
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
I've discovered that being a competitive person is really useful when dieting. Especially when you have any other people trying to lose weight around you, because it really can be all about competition (as long as nobody loses). I really jumped into dieting for real, when my husband started catching up to my weight. Now, I'm 5'7" and he's 6'2", so when he weighed 230 and I weighed 195, that was too close for comfort. It's been an exciting competition, I'm at 168 and he's at 218. We are both getting closer to our goals, which are healthy BMIs. I've also really gotten rolling with 1-Day Challenge, because I can challenge myself to do little things. It also helps having OCD tendencies, because I am particular about keeping my calories in range and getting enough exercise minutes. Of course, all of this is in opposition to my brain which wants more cookies (even though it is well aware that cookies are bad for my blood sugar). I compete with my brain too, how can I outsmart the brain today?
Now, I have to go and do my newest challenge, increase my fitness for April by adding a 10 minute min-workout to my day. Yay!
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