Doing What Works For YOU
Friday, January 07, 2011
*This previously scheduled food blog has taken a detour while the author is recovering from an intestinal biopsy and a gluten-full diet* Bear with me ;)
I was recently looking up the calories for a cinnamon roll that I enjoyed while I was eating my “gluten-full” diet. I noticed that one of the items was listed as a “cinnamon HOW COULD YOU roll.” Or something to that effect.
It got me thinking about how I’ve always said that everyone is different. What works for me isn’t necessarily going to be right for you and vice versa.
I do know that one thing that does NOT work for me is getting down on myself for what I’ve eaten. It’s how I have lived my life for entirely too long and I recognized that for awhile now I just refuse to feel guilty anymore.
I wanted a cinnamon roll. I ate a cinnamon roll. I accounted for it, and it was GOOD. However, for some people it might be encouraging to list a food like that so that when you click to record it you are reminded why you probably shouldn’t eat it often. But for someone like me, it would just make me not record it in the first place.
Notice how I didn’t say it would stop me from eating it, just from recording it! Back before I learned about SparkPeople I had tried writing down what I ate before and I always failed. Even though no one saw my sheet of paper except for me, I lied to that paper a lot. A lot of “bad” foods went unaccounted for and I genuinely was confused when the weight didn’t come off.
You have to do whatever it is in your life that will allow you to be honest with yourself. Something about tracking my food online already convinces me to be more honest, even though I don’t share my tracker (for many reasons). Something about seeing the exact breakdown of my food convinces me to be completely honest with it, otherwise it is not painting me an honest picture.
And on that note, if you do track here on SparkPeople do you share your tracker? Why or why not? I’m curious to see other’s thoughts!