Thursday, June 28, 2012
I'm sure you have been asked that burning question by a family member, co-worker or friend. "Is that on your diet?"
I am on a life journey. On this journey I have to carefully plan my caloric intake and exercise to maintain momentum. While I try to make my calories count eating quality food (fruits, vegetables, high fiber grains, low-fat dairy and lean proteins) I know that I have to sometimes spend part of my calorie budget on a treat so that I don't feel deprived and learn to "live my plan". I build that treat into my calories. If I eat a 150 calorie snack size ice cream bar it's because I have allotted for it in my daily food plan.
There is nothing more frustrating than to have carefully calculated my calories to allow for a special food then have someone ask "Is that on your diet?" First, I'm not on a diet. Second, yes I planned for this food.
Now some people are truly trying to help. They think you are "blowing your plan" which MIGHT be true if you just ordered up the large Georgia Mud Fudge Blizzard at Dairy Queen for 1450 calories, but it might NOT be true if you got the Kiddie Cone at McDonald's for 45 calories.
So how do you deal with these "helpers"? I suggest that you tell them that you plan your food budget and live within it including the food you are currently enjoying. Use the opportunity to educate!
Yes, I've lost 76+ pounds. Have I eaten a steady diet of broccoli and watercress? NO. I have had a well-balanced approach to my nutrition. I make the MAJORITY of my calories be high quality, nutrient dense foods, but I have had treats. I eat out every week. This is how you succeed in changing from DIET mentality to LIFESTYLE CHANGE. You have to learn to LIVE on a budget. Just like we do with our finances!
So next time someone sees you eating that Hershey Almond chocolate bar (210 calories) and thinks you have fallen off the wagon don't get upset, just explain to them about your "plan". They will probably be impressed that you have learned how to include those occasional treats and STILL lose!