Monday, October 22, 2012
My Mom grew up on a farm and that's where she learned to cook so I grew up eating country cookin. Breakfast is a BIG meal on a farm and that's how we ate at our house. I loved and still love 2 Biscuits and Gravy with fried eggs and bacon. The gravy is not your usual artery clogging milk gravy. Ohh no - this gravy is reinforced with sausage fat and sausage. It is sooooo good.
There's more calories in that one meal than I eat in a day now. Do I still eat that way. NO!!, and that's a good thing. Twice a year I have one biscuit, some gravy, and one scrambled egg - no bacon.
I love biscuits and gravy for breakfast but now I eat a high fiber breakfast with fruit and I really enjoy that. Now I could look at this as a big sacrifice but I don't. I know that learning a new way of eating is healthier and enabled me to lose 35 unwanted pounds. I know that eating better and losing weight enabled me to get off two medicines that could create problems down the road. I know that as long as I keep feeding my mind good thoughts about how I'm eating now then I don't backslide and I don't crave the unhealthy food I used to eat in large quantities. Now, biscuits and gravy are my reward for sticking with the program and learning new habits. Why do I still eat it? Because every time I eat it I remember my Mom, my Grandparents, and I reinforce the memory of where I came from a long time ago.
Now, think about this. Why do you eat those unhealthy foods? Do you have to eat that much or can you cut back, enjoy them, and stay within your calorie limit for the day, the week, and the month. You can gain control of what you eat if you pay attention to it every day and every meal and every snack. Don't dive into it all at once. Sneak up on it by reducing one food item you love and work your way forward from there. Sneaky is good.
In time you'll look back and marvel at how many things you have changed. Find your "biscuits and gravy", whatever that is, and figure out how you can have it and still work the program. Easy? Nope!! Worth it? You bet!!
Enjoy the ride,