Monday, May 03, 2010
"Dieting" is useless. Not only is it a waste of time and effort it is disheartening. I am experienced at almost every kind of diet. I started WW when they first started. I've done the rainbow pills. I tried Nutra-system, I have tried every way to lose weight from exercising five hours per day to literally starving myself. You know what I found out? Dieting doesn't work!!!
Moderation does work. Eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables helps. Dividing my plate helps. Avocadoes and nuts help, along with other seeds.
It doesn't help to have someone undermining your efforts. It doesn't help to have your significant other get jealous of your time, your new associates, your attention to yourself. It doesn't help if you have children that want to eat junk foods instead of healthy foods. BUT!!!
You can go on quite serenely if you have healthy foods on hand for yourself. Undressed salad is a wonder. You can put in crunchies, and brightly flavored veggies or fruits, a few seeds adds some important hunger beaters, perhaps an avocado with your salad will help to clean your arteries while quenching your need for healthy fats.
James keeps a base salad in the refrigerator for me. I add all sorts of ingredients to that to make it sparkle. I find that when I do that I am no longer feeling deprived because I don't choose to eat those chips the rest of the family is eating. I don't need ice cream except when I visit Uwajimaya and buy myself a 3 oz cup of premium red bean ice cream. I savor those three ounces because they have to last me a long time.
While I am at Uwajimaya, I also check out the produce section for unusual veggies and fruits. They add a great deal to our daily diet and I am constantly learning more about healthy cooking.
Yes, Dieting can be deadly dull. Counting calories gets to be a dreadful chore after a while. I agree that watching others feed themselves treats when you have nothing can be painful. So prepare in advance. Do not bring unhealthy foods into your home yourself. If they come in, and they will, you'll already have a healthy substitute ready to go. One of my favorites is steamed and chilled asparagus spears. Since they are only in-season for a short time I eat all I want. When they are gone I wait until next year. I don't care if my family likes them or not. I do!
Cherry tomatoes, or grape tomatoes are delightful and available most of the time. Yes, they are expensive, but aren't you worth it? This is the perfect time for Sugar Snap peas. It is fun to eat them while the others are wishing they had something.
Yes, I am tricking them into trying all those good things. It works and they begin to enjoy healthy foods with me. Give it a try.
Honor yourself first. That way you'll be there to honor all those you love in the future.