Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I feel really good about myself. I found the right plan and stuck to it.
I have always been good about exercise. I walk or do Leslie Sansone tapes about 5 days a week. I lift weights about 3 days a week. I love walking in the Holden Arboretum or one of the local state parks. It is not a chore.
jenny Craig taught me something about portion control.
But the problem was the bingeing almost every night. Never huge binges but sometimes enough to make me sick.
I fought this....really fought this...but my trigger is sugar. I would bring home jenny craig desserts for a week and eat them in one night. At one point in my life I would go to Dairy Queen about 3 times a week for a Triple Chocolate Utopia. I would try to lose weight with Slim Fast products. Or eat Fiber One bars as a "healthy" snack.
I read the Sugar Addicts Total Recovery Plan over a year ago. The same author wrote Potatoes, Not Prozac. She has a phd in addictive nutrition. And if you have problems with alcohol, bingeing you probably have a sugar sensitivity that sets you off.
I eat 3 meals a day and make sure I get enough protein with each. i watch portions. I eat about the same foods every day just to make eating something I automatically do at the right times and not dwell on what I am going to eat that day. I want to think about food as little as possible.
I have given up desserts. It is a choice, not a forbidden food. I had cake at a retirement party and it made me sick. Kathleen DesMaisons who wrote the above mentioned books says that sugar in some people works like a drug. And the effects are not pleasant.
I have found that if I want wine I drink it with a meal. That lessens the effects of the sugar in your body. Same if you wanted a dessert. Needs to be eaten when you have food in your stomach.
And now my nightly snack is a potato. I prefer the little reds. I eat them cold with mustard. you can eat it anyway you like but without protein. It is supposed to naturally raise the serotonin levels in your brain.
All I know is the plan is working. I am at my goal weight but more importantly no bingeing. No desire to binge.
For me sugar is the key.