Saturday, July 30, 2011
I often wonder if I am I am addicted to sugar. According to dictionaryreference.com an addiction is defined as:
"the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma. "
Too be honest, according to this definition I do not think I have an addiction to sugar, but I do have a strong preference for it. I do know that every time I eat a sugar laden treat I ALWAYS think about it first. I often have a dialogue going in my head, "Should I or shouldn't I?" Do I really want to eat this?" "Remember the last time I had it, it did not taste as good as you remember." "Read the label." and on and on.
There are times I'll purchase it and times I won't. But it is always based upon a CHOICE that I made. So, I guess I can say that I am not enslaved to my sugar eating at this point in time.
I exercise often and try to eat foods as close to the natural state as possible. Other than the junk foods I eat minimally processed foods. So, why can't I choose to stop eating those candy bars, chips and ice cream?
That is a question that has been haunting me these past 4 years. When I went to school a couple years ago a classmate (one who I thought never paid attention to me or what I did) commented on how I eat too much sugar. My mom, who knows I want to eat well, will ask me if I read the label when I am eating junk. Then the other day, my granddaughter asked my why I always eat more than one serving of ice cream.
I know I eat too much sugary products and should either cut way back or stop altogether, but I seem to not be totally committed to doing so. There is a quotation that says, "Failure to plan is planning to fail."
This rings true in my situation. I do not plan for those times when that dialogue will go on in my head. I need to prepare ahead of time so that I can walk away from a temptation and turn off the dialogue that goes on in my head as I stand in front of that junk food display.
I need to get it into my head that by not eating that junk the only thing I'll be missing is the ill effects that it will have on my body and turn it into a positive - I'll feel better if I do not eat it.
So, in conclusion, I do not think I am a sugar addict, but I make a lot of poor choices when it comes to eating, especially when I am doing errands, due to lack of planning.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
NO! 'nuff said.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
It's all about choices. Lately as I been thinking about what to blog I notice that I often want to blog about how I gave in to a temptation and ended up buying and eating a candy bar, donut or chips. It is easy to say, "I am addicted to _________ (fill in the blank). But am I really addicted?
I am beginning to think that is not the case because for every time I gave in the then tempation I first had a thought, or rather, I should say I had a dialogue going on in my head - should I? or shouldn't I? More often than not, I choose to do.
However, I am in control of what I put in my mouth. If I eat something that I know is not health supporting it is because I choose to do so. I am beginning to realize that for every action I do it usually first starts with a thought. I think about eating something or not eating something before I actually eat it.
Too often as I think about the decision I am about to make I THINK if I do not give in to the tempation then that decision will haunt me the rest of the day and I'll wish that I just gave in and ate that thing in the first place.
So, what if I change my mindset and tell myself no, I do not need that candy bar because it will do nothing to support my health and then make the CHOICE not to eat it. Then if the self doubt rears its ugly head, I can tell it that I am in control and I CHOOSE not to eat such foods because it really does nothing for my health but it will only satisfy my sweet tooth for a short time.
I am in control of what I put in my mouth and if that sweet tooth gets too demanding then I out to choose to settle it down with something sweet in its natural packaging like an apple, orange, banana, or berries.
I am in control and it is all about the choices I make. I decide what I am going to put in my mouth. I am hoping that this will get easier as my palate changes and I no longer find the junk to be appealing.
Friday, July 22, 2011
That is what was stated at the end of the podcast I completed today: 5k101 from Running Mate Media week 8. Actually, everyday I put on my running shoes and get out the door and run down the road 'I AM OFFICIALLY A RUNNER!!!!!"
JUST WANTED TO SHOUT IT OUT!!
I AM A RUNNER.
Friday, July 22, 2011
I have not tracked my food intake for a while now and I am back to doing it. I am aware of eating more processed sweet treats than I want and so I figured I'd better start getting a visual of how much I am eating. I want to stop giving in to those temptations every time I go to a store. Sometimes I am successful and too often I am not.
For instance, last night I gave in to that display of peanut M&Ms. The good news is I only bought a small bag and left that large bag at the store. A small victory, but I can count it as a victory. Fortunately for me, I found them to be too sweet tasting, this will make it easier for me to say "no" at some point in the future.
Another thing I noticed is that I noticed those M&Ms really did not do a thing for me; I did not feel like "Oh, that was so good" or anything like that. I just felt like they were nothing spectacular and did not tastes as good as I remembered them to be.
I am hoping that getting back to tracking, I can stay focused on eating foods that fuel my body and give it the nutrition it needs. I use this program called Diet Power which grades my eating with the nutrition required and offers suggestions on how to make my diet better. So far, these past couple of days I got an A+, despite the sweets. This is good to know, because for too long those sweet, fat-laden processed foods made up most of my diet without providing the nutrients I need to be healthy.
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