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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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FITMOMINNJ 4/29/2013 9:50AM

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ROCKINMOM776 2/4/2013 6:19PM

    This is awesome! Thanks for encouraging us!

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TINAJANE76 2/3/2013 1:04PM

    I think what you've described is a HUGE key to successful weight loss and maintenance. Following a weight loss or maintenance food plan does not mean that you can't enjoy what you're eating! Learning to lighten up your favorites and indulging in a few unhealthy foods every once in a while means that you'll not only feel content with your meal plan, but that it will also be one you'll be motivated to stick with forever.

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JESSYVIRGINY 2/3/2013 6:49AM

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-AMANDA79- 2/2/2013 11:36PM

    Great blog! emoticon I love veggies and I love healthy versions of foods that used to be off limits.

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-LINDA_S 2/2/2013 7:22PM

    These are great tips! I need to keep them in mind for my upcoming maintenance.

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PHEBESS 2/2/2013 6:55PM

    Yup - avoiding deprivation is the only way to go! YAY for healthy versions of our favorite foods!

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CAMAEL100 2/2/2013 5:47PM

    Great to hear from someone who is doing so well in maintenance!

You sound like you have it nailed down! Well done!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 2/2/2013 5:24PM

    What a great new normal!

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WATERMELLEN 2/2/2013 4:53PM

    Congrats to you!! This is such a good place to have arrived at.

I remember vegetables as a kid cooked into a grey much (cauliflower) so they smelled bad . . . yuck.

Love vegetables now. Raw beets in my salad. sugar snap peas. Roasted brussels sprouts. Baked sweet portatoes with cinnamon. So many different flavours, colours, textures.

And: those of us who eat a lot of brightly coloured fruits and veggies have the rosy natural skin colour to show for it . . . better than a tan!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/2/2013 4:24PM

    You really are in a good place now. Everything is coming together. Absolutely wonderful!

I hear you on the vegetables. I remember them as soggy unrecognizable pieces of mush that I ate because they were good for me. Who knew that I would like so many of them RAW. Then with the new recipes, it made all the difference.

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CHRISTINASP 2/2/2013 3:46PM

    It all makes SO MUCH sense! Thank you for sharing!

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    ou should write a cookbook. I found myself wanting your recipes. LOL.

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