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Put it off until Tomorrow

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I have been reading a book called "The End Of Overeating" by David Kessler. He discusses the propensity of overweight people to eat large amounts of food that have a combination of fat, carb and salt. He is trying to figure out why some people need to eat the glorious trio to excess.

Now, I lost my weight a long time ago, and have kept it off for many years. I still love those same foods that so many people insist on eating to excess. But I have a different approach. I don't think it's because I like it any less (I LOVE it!) or that I have any more "willpower" than other people. I just put it off until tomorrow.

Ever notice how easy it is to put off starting a plan, or cleaning the closet, or starting your taxes, until tomorrow? I do that for food. Just because I can't have 6 oz of steak or two potatoes, doesn't mean I can't have the same meal tomorrow if I want. I get to eat THREE times a day! That's TWENTY-ONE times a week! I don't have to eat it all in one sitting.

Now, it's true that in the Weight Watchers I attended all those years ago, we were taught to take any craved food and make it in a legal way. That took a lot of creativity (and no one has ever said that overweight people aren't creative--we certainly are!), but it has paid off over the years. I now crave oven fried potatoes. I don't remember what regular fries taste like. I love lowfat milk: I can no longer tolerate the feel of high fat coating my mouth. I prefer my homemade ice milk to ice cream. It took time but it DID happen. I LOVE my own cooking better than any restaurant now.

Mental gymnastics? Maybe, but it works. One of the advantages of being the cook in the house is that I get to decide what we will have for dinner, so we have what I want. I measure out my allowed portion and clean my plate. I can have it tomorrow and the day after that again if I want.

It takes the pressure off the moment to know that I can eat my favorite meals any day I choose.

Some things are better put off until tomorrow.
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    "The End Of Overeating" by David Kessler - yes I listened to the audio book and still have it. It was shocking to hear about corporate America and the food industry.

    Do you need an ice cream maker to make homemade ice milk?
    2197 days ago
    Great Blog Nell. I love your strategy. Thanks for the motivation.
    2197 days ago
    Great Blog. I use many of your tactics but do fall off plan. Sometimes for several months. Food is very addictive and it does not take much to fall off the wagon. When I am home I am good at preparing my own food. But when I am away from home it really becomes very difficult.
    It is all a matter of training and playing the substitution game with food. I like your oven-fries idea.
    I am happy for you being able to stick with your weight-loss/maintaining plan. It is a lifelong plan.
    2197 days ago
    Nell - you rock!

    First, I have the carb, fat, salt monster living inside me too. Sweets have never been my thing, but the combination of the evil triad was my addiction. I didn't want the baked potato - unless it had butter and sour cream. Did I want plain bread - nope, but add garlic butter and I couldn't stop. And I never met a French fry or potato chip I didn't love

    What a freeing idea: I'm saying no for today, because I want to achieve my health goals... But I can always say yes tomorrow IF I want...

    Talk about declaring independence! emoticon
    2197 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/19/2012 12:56:04 PM
    Very good blog. We cook most of the time at home. We don't eat out very often so leftovers we do have from time to time or I just make enough for that meal. I really liked the message about putting off tomorrow. So very true. Thanks for sharing. emoticon
    2197 days ago
    I read that book a few months ago- I don't binge or eat anything in excess- but he sure made it easy to understand the obesity epidemic, didn't he? The cards are stacked against us.
    Like you, I cook 99% of the time and cook MY way-the healthy way.
    2197 days ago
    Great thought!
    2197 days ago
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    Awesome Thank you for your insight! It's great to know that on this road we travel together others have gone before and succeed and are now encouraging the rest of us up the hill. Thanks again!
    2197 days ago
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