This week is all about eating on purpose!
This is, from my experience, a hard concept for many of us dieters to understand! You want us to eat... to lose weight??
I'm sure many of you sparkers out there have done the reading about why depriving yourself of good, nutritious food is bad for your diet. So, I will spare you the long, boring read of my summarization of that. But, if you have yet to read this information - please, please do! Or ask me and I will try my best to explain it as well as provide tons of great links here.
The action steps to eat on purpose are as follows:
1. Eat in the same place every day (preferably not in front of the TV)
2. Record and track your reason for eating every time you eat
3. Plan your menu for the whole week (or every day) using the meal planner
First off, I have to say that I really don't like having to change the meal planner here on SparkPeople. Don't get me wrong, it's a great tool... but I prefer to write my weekly menu out on a little chalk board. :) One, it's so simple to add things to or make changes to. Two, it makes me feel like I'm out at a restaurant - and I even have specials for my snacks - haha. Whenever we move in a few more months, I will be able to redo the kitchen just the way I want it... and I'll have to post some pictures! :)
Getting back on track here, eating in the same place every day is hard for me. Growing up, we always ate in front of the tv. Always. I remember one time when I was 15, my family had just got a new dining table and chairs. I wanted to use it! I actually cooked lasagna for dinner and managed to somehow talk my family into eating at the table. It was so awkward and uncomfortable, we haven't done it since! I guess that is why I haven't really tried to eat in the actual dining room (and why it looks so pretty since I never go in there hahaha). I am definitely looking forward to changing this though, I would love to be able to sit at the dinner table. Especially since I do eventually want to have kids of my own one day! There's actually a great article about that on WebMD; children.webmd.com/guide
Lastly, writing the reasons of why I ate have been very interesting! I've been seeing a lot of "munchies" comments. And, most of these munchies happen when I'm watching tv. I think my long time friend has actually been my frienemy!
It just goes back to the action step #1, (preferably not in front of the TV). Haha!
This week has been challenging so far though! It's getting a bit better now that it's the middle of the week, but I still struggle with not eating in front of the tv. I'm thinking I may have to gradually wean myself from it just as I am doing with my caffeine.