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What do I wanna eat? What will taste best?

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

*leaning in the fridge and surveying the possibilities*
*opening the cupboard and poking around*
*looking at the menu*
*checking out the banquet table*

Nope.

"What do I wanna eat?" is never a good question for me.

I wanna eat cheese. With buttered bread. Crusty hot white baguette, preferably. Potato chips (none in my cupboard, of course). Dip. Cookies. Or granola bars if that's all there is, And that's all there is. There. At my house.

Hmm. There is frozen pizza. I could do that. Yeah.

Handfuls of nuts? Yeah!! Spoonfuls of peanut butter? Why not. While the pizza heats up. Sure.

If I'm at a restaurant (where I was planning on a salad till I pick up the menu: that changes everything of course) what happens when I ask myself . . . What do I wanna eat? French fries? Always. Fat juicy cheeseburger? Of course. Large Coke!!

OK then, special occasion banquet table. What do I wanna eat? Deep fried everything, natch. And let's check out the desserts. Chocolate cheesecake looks great. And the hot fudge chocolate brownie sundae. And the chocolate mousse . . . gotta theme going on here. They're all sitting there. Why not one of each? To "share", of course. Or . . . maybe not. Just this once.

Gotta face facts. I wanna eat all of 'em.

In unlimited quantities, basically. Every day.

So "What do I wanna eat" isn't the question if the answer I'm looking for is . . . a healthy, fit and slim body.

What would be the right question? It's gotta be, " What do I need to eat?"

Food is fuel. Yes it is.

If I'm asking the right question, the Spark nutrition tracker is very helpful. That's because the nutrition tracker isn't just counting calories. It's counting carbs, fats and proteins. Mine is also set to track a whole whack of other nutrients: minerals and vitamins and fibre and . . . yeah.

So if it's suppertime and I've still got 400 calories to "spend" . . . what do I need? More protein? Probably. And calcium too? A little vitamin C still missing? Yup. So what to choose? If I ask myself, "What do I need to eat?", then the answer would be, maybe, some fat free Greek yogourt? Some fresh raspberries?

How self-depriving is that? Taking all the fun out of life. *big pout*

OK. News flash. Asking myself what I need instead of what I want is NOT self-depriving at all.

Remarkably enough, what tastes best is what my body needs. Maybe I don't believe it, not in the moment, when the cheesecake is screaming at me. But 20 minutes from now, if I eat the cheesecake I won't feel so good. Might still not be feeling so good tomorrow, even.

But if I eat the yogourt and raspberries: I will feel good. And does anything actually taste better than fresh raspberries?

Gotta remind myself: I'll feel good if I eat what I need. Not what I "want". What I REALLY wanna eat is what I need to eat. Really.

Gotta keep right on reminding myself of this. Every day.

The real treat is treating myself well.

Giving myself what I need. When I do that, consistently, and when I have a healthy, fit and slim body, there are so many other ways to have fun. Real fun.

Eating whatever I wanted whenever I wanted made me 230 pounds. And that was actually . . . no fun at all.



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STONECOT 1/25/2013 7:16PM

    It wasn't eating whatever I wanted that made ME fat! It was eating large amounts of what I wanted! Feeling I had to eat calories that I was 'owed' even though I wasn't hungry made me fat too. Add to this eating in front of the TV, so I couldn't remember what it was that I'd just eaten, and eating because it was there and I didn't want it to go to waste, All these, at various times have contributed their bit to making me fat. So now, I eat whatever I want, and enjoy the planning and cooking of it, but at mealtimes when, or if I'm hungry. I eat at the table with the TV/computer OFF, and concentrate on my food and eat it and savour it slowly. When I start to feel full, whats left on my plate goes into the bin, and leftovers, unless I can resurrect them as something else for another meal, they go into the bin too. No snacks and no seconds and no tracking. Now I'm losing the weight again.

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CHIASMA 1/25/2013 5:08PM

    Actually, I've found that if I allow myself to eat whatever I want, I wind up wanting healthy foods nearly all the time. I don't feel the need to stuff my face with junk because I know I'm allowed to have it if that's what I really want. It's not the forbidden fruit so it holds no power over me. If I do decide to make the 'naughty' choice, then I eat it the same way I eat everything else... slowly, so I can properly taste/enjoy it. when I'm not hungry anymore, it stops being enjoyable so I stop.

But as you say... the healthy food actually tastes better and is what my body craves. So when I ask myself what I want, more often than not it's full of fruit and veg.

When I try to deny myself, the opposite happens.

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SERASARA 1/2/2013 8:45PM

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PACKERMANN 1/2/2013 6:05PM

    VERY HELPFUL!!!

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KAYYAK1 1/2/2013 1:30PM

  Want and need are not just for food. I made a little sign and put it in a frame a year or so ago just to remind me of the difference.

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LAWANDMUSIC 12/29/2012 9:28AM

    I love spark people nutrition tracking. it tells me what I NEED. I try to get that done. Sometimes it is hard to get what I NEED. Rarely do I get to think about what I WANT.

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KANOE10 12/28/2012 2:28PM

    Excellent blog. I got to 242 eating what I wanted also...eating what you need to eat for your health is the way to go.

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MARYJEANSL 12/28/2012 11:35AM

  You are so right! What I 'want' is so often not what my body reeeeally wants (i.e., needs).

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MANDAROSE80 12/27/2012 10:17PM

    Well said. I will definitely add this to my motivators. What do I need to eat? Staying away from the what do I want to eat question should be helpful for me as well. emoticon

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LRSILVER 12/27/2012 8:18AM

    Great point of view. I sometimes think what do I want, but it should be what do I need. Did I get enought protein, carbs, calcium etc.
Thanks

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EMILYDOODLE 12/26/2012 10:48PM

  great blog!

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TINAJANE76 12/26/2012 4:06AM

    Wow, sooo very true! I keep waiting for the moment in maintenance where I don't always want to go on a feeding frenzy whenever my next mealtime rolls around, but it still hasn't happened. I think I need to accept the fact that it might not ever happen. In the meantime, I'll go on eating what I need to eat which, like you said, always makes me feel my best. Hot buttered bread may seem like a good idea when you're in the moment, but fresh seasonal fruit not only tastes even more amazing, but also makes me feel a whole lot better in the morning!

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FIRECOM 12/25/2012 10:26AM

    EXCELLENT POST thank you. This one is a keeper.

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SWEDE_SU 12/25/2012 4:13AM

    great blog - one simple question changes everything!

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STEVIEBEE569 12/25/2012 3:56AM

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LIBBYL1 12/25/2012 2:26AM

  hot bread with butter and cheese! yum....

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CM_GARDNER78 12/24/2012 10:18PM

    AWESOME! What do I NEED to eat! Perfect question!!! Great blog!

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BUTTERFLITTER 12/24/2012 5:48PM

  An awesome post. So true - what we want is often not good for us. Hope this prevailing truth will sink in. Will try to eat what I need and not what I want (junk, junk and more junk)

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 12/24/2012 12:09PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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SWIM53055 12/24/2012 11:28AM

  Very timely for me to hear! Thank you!

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LESSISMORE2010 12/24/2012 2:06AM

    Love this! I need to adopt this mindset. Thank you for sharing!

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FIT4MEIN2013 12/23/2012 9:55PM

    Fantastic!!!

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VALERIEMAHA 12/23/2012 8:36PM

    Extraordinary and profoundly insightful. The images on your SPage prove it!!!
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OKIE_NANA 12/23/2012 5:03PM

    Very good insights. Wandering through the produce department, I saw dark green leaf lettuce, fresh raspberries, and pecans. Instead of carefully counting lettuce leaves, I ripped off the top, tore it up added the raspberries a few pecans and some slivered rutabagus for bite. Probably added a raspberry vineagrette dressing. Really good. Didn't fit my husband's idea of good food but I sure enjoyed it.

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ARCHIMEDESII 12/23/2012 4:11PM

    Fantastic blog ! Very honest and very true. I spent many a year "eating whatever I wanted too". Figured as long as I was exercising, I could eat whatever I wanted. Well, that was a misconception on my part. If you want to lose weight, you really do have to be mindful of what you eat.

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SEATTLE58 12/23/2012 4:04PM

    emoticon emoticon You said it! That's me to a "T"!! Loved it and emoticon

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BERTA6978 12/23/2012 1:16PM

    Well Said! Thank you for reminding me to choose what my body needs. emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 12/23/2012 2:09AM

    Ah, Need vs. Want -- such a concise summary of the question at hand. Thanks for the wonderful reminder.

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PENOWOK 12/22/2012 12:38PM

    I have that same struggle! Nicely put! What do I want versus what is my real priority? Fuel or fat?!

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FIRECOM 12/22/2012 10:31AM

    NEWS FLASH. This is why SP is so strong on LIFE STYLE CHANGE. I know that I am committed to following this plan for the rest of my life regardless of whether I am at goal or not. I don't like knowing this, but it is true whether I "know" it or not.

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NEWCHINELO 12/21/2012 11:32PM

    Beautiful!thanks for sharing.


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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/21/2012 10:36PM

    Your determination is great!! Way to go!

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JAMER123 12/21/2012 10:26PM

    I think we all fight our food wants with our mind wants. You stated it very well. Thank you for and inspiring blog!!

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ROCKYCPA 12/21/2012 9:31PM

    Good for you!

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/21/2012 8:12PM

  Very insightful.. the way you put i!!

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CMRAND54 12/21/2012 7:34PM

    Well said. You can eat anything you want, just not everything, all at the same time. It's all about making good decisions most of the time. Aim for fruits and vegetables, and lean protein, with some healthy starches and good oils.

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JIBBIE49 12/21/2012 7:26PM

    emoticon Happy Holidays emoticon

Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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LINDAK25 12/21/2012 1:54PM

    Fantastic! You are so right!

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MOMMY445 12/21/2012 1:48PM

    what a great blog! so well said and so well written! good luck on reaching your goals! you can do this! have a happy holiday and a wonderful new year!

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