Thursday, February 14, 2013
Here is the thing: many dieters fight the urges to overeat foods that give the illusion of being food, but really are just drugs masquerading as food. The way you can tell the difference between real food and fake is that real food satisfies physical hunger. Fake does not satisfy, it drives you to eat more.
For me, real food is homemade food. I still enjoy the occasional homemade treat, but if I'm careful when I'm making it, and use real sugar and coconut oil, its truly satisfying after a small serving. I don't find bread to actually be satisfying. It may be for other people, but for me its just an open invitation to overeat and never be satisfied, even though it is very tasty. I do enjoy homecooked vegetables with plenty of butter, salt, and pepper. After a plateful, I'm full, I'm done. The factors that seem to influence satiety include fat, volume, palatability, and calories. The ingredients that I find to drive me to overeat include omega 6 fatty acids (especially corn, soy, and canola oil), sweeteners other than honey and sugar, cheap refined grains, and salt. I'm not against salt, but without it all food tastes strange and off. I do ok with some whole fruits and legumes. Interesting: I don't do well with nuts. Maybe its the omega 6s again.
Once I decided that I was going to be honest with myself and not rely on someone else's diet for how I should lose weight, it was easier to start to recognize the patterns. I had to choose to feel good instead of choosing to fail to plan and thusly, planning to fail or in my case flail around looking for something that I could even eat.
I still find value in watching my calories and making sure that I have eaten enough. Otherwise, I tend to feel lousy and weight loss comes to a halt.
I have found a lot of value in meditation, yoga, and journaling. Being present and accounted for in my own life has given me back the reigns on my destiny. Sleep walking through life is a recipe for regret that I don't plan to make again.