Saturday, September 29, 2012
I hate depriving myself because when I do then I feel like I am on a diet. And diets in my opinion set us up for failure! I am trying to make changes for the long term, as in life style change. I have to remind myself of this on a daily basis...which is hard to change deeply ingrained habits that you have lived by for so long. I love food, I love to eat and I can cook. Put that all together and you get a recipe for disaster especially with my family history and genetics, which tends to be on the "thick" side.
My one night of sin is to me going to out to eat and actually not really restricting myself but eating in moderation. Like I did last night, we went out to Hometown Buffet, all you can eat, with the risk of temptation resulting in loss of control. But I was listening to my body, what do I need/want, what was I craving? Well I started out with a healthy protein, I had some baked salmon, and baked tilapia to start. I was however, craving some Mac and Cheese, so I put a little bit of that on my plate and then some steamed broccoli. I ate that and I still felt hungry so I went back and had some mashed potatoes with a little brown gravy on top. A scoop of corn and a scoop of carrots and one small baked chicken leg. Notice I stayed away from anything fried, which was a good choice in my book. I finally felt satisfied but not full or uncomfortably full like what would happen normally at a buffet.
I DID have dessert but I planned carefully what I would have. I had a square of cheesecake and a small brownie triangle. I needed to have some chocolate and something creamy. Yet, my mind wanted to say..."too much! You will blow your diet!" But then I had to be reasonable with myself, this it what I wanted and I don't do this every night. I had my dessert and was happy with my choice. I didn't feel cheated out of a treat or deprived because I ate some real food that I usually don't eat, like the Mac and Cheese or the Mashed potatoes with brown gravy. I honestly felt good on how well I handled the buffet. And I enjoyed my food for once! I didn't over eat or serve myself huge portions. Most importantly I didn't mindlessly eat, I took my time and tasted each bite. That was a good night out for me.