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Not Feeling Deprived in Maintenance and Living binge Free

Saturday, February 02, 2013

I have not binged in two years and 4 months. I have kept my weight off for one year and 4 months. I am often asked, why is this maintenance working when I have yo-yoed all of my life.
I know my standard response was to say: I eat little sugar, high fiber, low carb. I exercise 6-7 times a week. I have Spark people for support. I am eating things I enjoy. I am not bingeing while maintaining for the first time in my life. All of these are important factors.

Lately I have fine tuned these thoughts about not feeling deprived.

One: I realized that for most of my life, I did not enjoy vegetables and salads. I focused on the main meal and carbs. I did not particularly want to eat vegetables. I ate vegetables because I was either on a diet or because I knew they were good for me. In the year that I was losing my 114 pounds, I began eating 2 cups of lettuce and 2 cups of vegetables for both lunch and dinner. I began to experiment with vegetable recipes. Soon I found wonderful roasted vegetable recipes and jumped into Indian, Korean, Ethiopian, Thai, and Food Network recipes. Now I absolutely love my vegetables and get excited about eating them.
I have also stepped up my salads by dumping in leftover vegetables from dinner or adding fresh herbs.

Two: I am now eating healthy versions of food I used to feel guilty about eating for most of my life. I really enjoy waffles, lasagna, spaghetti, pizza, peanut butter, nuts and enchiladas. These used to be foods I ate when I was going off of my "diet." Now they are part of my life and are thoroughly enjoyed.

Sauces: I loved sauces and dips but had the same reaction that I was indulging in a forbidden food. Now I routinely make yogurt sauces with tahinni or cilantro lime or tzatziki cucumber sauce. Adding these to my meals makes me feel iike I am eating a gourmet meal.

So no, I do not feel deprived. I am very happy with my life and am thoroughly enjoying my new menus. For me this is a key for stabilty in maintenance and living binge free.
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