The Rules of the Game
Sunday, January 06, 2013
I'm still in the process of figuring out how this is going to work for me. Here's what I've decided so far.
* The nutrition tracker is counting calories, but I am not. It doesn't matter if I'm over or under my calories for the day, as long as I feel good and satisfied, and provide my body with the core nutrients it needs. Also, if I don't meet all my nutritional goals every day, it's OK. As long as I'm eating a good variety of foods, I'll make any deficits up on other days.
* Further to that, if I'm hungry, I will eat, and I'll eat something that appeals to me. If I'm hungry, I'm not going to drink a glass of water instead of eating. I'm not going to eat "a small square of dark chocolate" (damn, I'm sick of that phrase) if what I really want is a brownie. Deliberately depriving myself is no way to live, and it's not sustainable in the long term.
* No diet foods. I'm not going to choke down fat-free flavor-free cream cheese just because it has fewer calories. Apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon does not taste like pie no matter how much you want it to. If you really love apple pie, eat a piece of pie!
(The only exception is in cases where I genuinely prefer the taste of a lower-calorie version, like milk or Coke).