Tuesday, July 14, 2009
edit: I have changed the title and put this into 1st person (I and me) mainly due to some of the comments.
I don't focus on food. I am blessed not to need a lot of variety with my foods.
We are here at SparkPeople because we all have a problem with food. We need food to survive but food has become The Enemy for a lot of us.
I need to take the focus off foods. For me this means not poring over cookbooks and recipes. Not planning and dreaming about "going out for dinner" every week.
I am always amazed when I visit the pages of new members and they have joined cooking teams. Cooking is not my main problem - eating the cooking is my big problem. So I have trouble understanding why anyone would join teams that revolve around cooking and trying new recipes if trying to take off weight in a timely manner. Note - I don't understand. I am not judging others who differ in their opinion. I have lost a lot of weight by not focusing on recipes and cooking - this works for me even if it won't work for anyone else.
My sister always said to me, "nothing goes better with a diet-book or cookbook than a bag of cookies."
For what it's worth, my mother was fond of saying, "pick a food, any food, and if you had to eat it every day for the rest of your life you wouldn't starve."
I have heard that diet foods are expensive. Well, cakes and candies aren't cheap either.
I think it all comes down to choices. I choose to eat healthier foods and I am losing this excess weight.
**thank you for your opinions JERSEYGIRL24 & ONMYWAYTOGOAL! truly!!
I hadn't considered that the cooking teams might be dealing with other issues as well.
My focus comes from the teachings of Overeaters Anonymous - K.I.S.S. (keep it simple sweetie) and they advised us about not reaching for cook books and poring over recipes. The belief in my OA group seemed to be that seeing the foods would also trigger the desire for them.
***More great points Marty & MIKIIO! Thank you my friends! All this gives me greater insight to what others are dealing with. I am a lousy cook but I have been surprised at how many rely on fast food these days. Thank you all for your opinions - I only know the environment that I grew up in.
I never had the luxury of growing up with fast food. I was grown before the 1st Burger King and McDonald's were allowed in Brooklyn, NYC. And even then we had to drive to them!
My "fast foods" were jewish delicatessens and chinese takeouts. My fast foods were knishes and hotdogs, fried rice and ribs.
We were poor so we didn't eat out much. And there was always bread and cake in the house since my mother worked in a bakery and my father was the Master Pastry Chef for Junior's Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY. They were allowed to take food home and it was always fancy pastries and breads.
****Since I am always being asked how I lost 88 lbs in 16 months, I was just explaining one facet of my program. Sorry if I upset anyone with my opinions.