Thursday, July 23, 2009
Ok let's go back to that all nagging question.
WHAT THE HELL DO I EAT? HOW MUCH, WHEN AND WHAT COMBINATIONS?
And to that I said
There IS an answer to that question!
You can eat whatever you want, whenever you want, and however much of it you want!
And I know immediate rebellion set in! NO WAY THAT'S WHAT MADE ME FAT IN THE FIRST PLACE!
HUH! HUH! NOW WAY! Was not and I'll prove it! What made you fat was fat!
Now that we know that; the cat is out of the bag!
Let's start eating! Really eating!
From here on in it's high volume, higher quality, low fat eating!
Get me a food bag and attach it to my face eating because god forbid we go beyond that 3-4 ounce portions of whatever it was we were told to be eating!
Here's the plan.
When your hungry, eat breakfast, function for awhile, then when your hungry eat again. It's called lunch. We're going to need the fuel to run around doing whatever it is you do all afternoon; running after the kids, going to that exercise class at the gym, working at the job, to carry you through until yep you guessed it dinner time!
Three squares a day. Normal and sane!
Snacks I keep them handy. I have a special desk drawer at home and in my office, and compartment in my car. Constant grazing is what I have to do some days. Especially on the days I have to be on the road. Snacking is fine but don't let snacking replace a meal.
So start with your three squares a day and build from there. A decent breakfast of fruit and fibre cereal, juice and coffee, maybe a toasted bagel includes a variety of high volume low fat foods.(remember your caloric intake chart at whatever level of activity you do in a day.)
Make sure you are taking in at least what your weight and activity level that your body requires you to have to obtain the energy you need. don't worry about the amounts you eat at each meal or in what combinations.
And right now you've probably had it with me right? I'm not sane I've gone insane! God help all those with eating disorders that realized they've just been given license to run wild and shove food in their mouths! Panicking over the out of control, incapable of realizing when your full---right? How much is too much? When does emotion take over and hunger end? And here you've been told you can eat whenever you want and what ever you want and in any combination you want depending on something as stupid as your weight and activity level? I'm being cruel right?
No I'm helping you to gain control and STOP THE INSANITY in your lives over food!
We all know when we are full I sure as heck did after eating a high fat dinner every night then settling down in front of the television for the remaining hours of my day and stuffing my face with all kinds of high fat snacks; potato chips chocolate bars, ice cream. And even though I've never been an emotional eater I still sure as hell knew I was full when my gut was hurting so bad and convulsing. With me it was simple over eating because it tasted too damn good!
We DO know when we are full. It's to learn to LISTEN to our bodies!
And I'm going to tell you that all the diet tips in the world designed to fool you into thinking your full don't work worth a darn! Drink your water before you eat--that feels good; eating a full course meal on top of an ocean of water? We've all done that, probably still doing it! OR eating wads of fibre before consuming "real" food? That really helped didn't it? (in Susan's words, "Swallowing pounds of rope"
So let's stop fooling ourselves into feeling full! Let's start eating until we are actually feeling naturally full and know that it is time to stop eating. Let's start actually listening to our bodies talk!
What's going to make the difference and shrink our bodies is what we eat!
It's not going to be the bag of doritos, or boxes of chocolate covered raisins, and ice cream. It's not the high fat sugary refined processed crap that we're going to be shoveling into our faces!
We're still shovelling but now it's going to be high- volume low fat foods; complex carbs, wholewheat, whole grain, fruits, vegetables, proteins such as nuts, and low fat cut meats or tofu.
We may not always have a handle on our emotions or what causes us high levels of stress, who does. What we will have is knowing that things are going to change and change for the better. It's that simple.
Instead of nibbling on cottage cheese or a hamburger without the bun we'll be eating really eating and shrinking! shrinking! shrinking!
We are no longer afraid of food!