Sunday, October 23, 2011
I refuse to diet. Diets are about deprivation, and continual hunger, and wanting wanting CRAVING cheating guilt. That's no way to live, and with over 100 pounds to lose, I can't think if my life as on hold while I lose weight.
My vow is simple: never put anything into my mouth that isn't delicious. This can be a little tricky, if you don't like fresh fruit and vegetables, and if your palate is trained to love junk food. But if you like eating a variety of foods, and if you like experimentation and can be flexible, it is so much more satisfying.
That means a lot of thinking about what I'm going to eat, and a lot of monitoring myself for satiety. My biggest problem is that what feels like "enough" is really way too much and I have trouble knowing that I'm sated. So I'm trying to take the approach of eating what the books say is a proper portion, but promising myself if I'm still actually hungry later I can have more. That seems to be quieting the frantic panic in my head that says I'm going to be cheated out of something.
I'm not always perfect, but it does help.