Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I was reading the "Secrets of Success" for my daily "I Like" and found that I liked the one about not feeling bad about saying no to the friend that tries to tempt you with that cupcake, drink or birthday meal. It made me realize that things that I use to indulge in that weren't healthy aren't really a treat anymore.
What do I mean by this? I don't know about the rest of you but I've found that if something is singing to me to eat that it is better to indulge a little than to deny myself. Lately I have found that it is easier to talk myself out of the things that use to just sing to me - EAT ME - because they just don't seem to bring me the pleasure they use to or taste as good. Mainly because they don't taste the same. Since I've been cooking from scratch the last year or two I now can taste the preservatives in 'prepared foods from the market' and boy does that ruin the taste and pleasure of a food.
Case in point - I recently bought a package of cookies I loved with the idea of having 2 which was okay for my food for the day and then freeze the rest. I ate 1 cookie and then about 3/4 of the way through the second it hit me. They just didn't taste the same to me. I think that the longer I don't eat certain foods the more selective my taste in foods is becoming. That doesn't mean that I don't eat some strange things but that even though they don't taste "heavenly" like my memories of the "bad" foods that they satisfy the craving enough and I don't feel guilty about eating them because they are healthy.
An example of this is a chocolate cupcake I make about of black beans, eggs, ricotta cheese etc. It isn't like eating a cupcake from a fabulous bakery but it will satisfy my craving for a sweet and is loaded with protein.
Next time you decide to indulge do it in a way that you can really concentrate on what you are eating. Then see if it really is as good as you remember. I think more times than not it won't live up to the memory. For those of you wondering why this might be so about 30 years ago I read a diet book (one of many I've read) that talked about depriving ourselves when you really crave a food (when it sings to you). That you tend to overeat trying to satisfy that craving when if you would indulge yourself you usually could satisfy the desire with fewer calories. That what we done by depriving ourselves is built up this picture in our heads about how something tastes when isn't based in reality.
So what I do now is figure out my cheat into my calories for the day and cut in other areas which since I tend to have trouble eating anywhere near as many calories as suggested when I eat healthy isn't a problem. I find the occasional big cheats need to happen far less often over time because I'm more able to determine if I really want it or am I trying to fill some other need.