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Hi! My name is Jann, I am a food-a-holic

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hi! My name is Jann! I am a food-a-holic.

I have been one my entire life. I love food. And not just eating it. I love the way it smells, tastes, cooking it, baking it, experimenting with it. I love to see someone eating food they truly love and are savoring. When I was young I had a limited palate but was lucky enough to expand on that as I grew older and bolder, AND FATTER and thinner and FATTER and thinner and FATTER.

As my body went through the eating changes, emotions, stress and stretching, my mind began to change as well. I met other people; I saw others getting fatter while some stayed thin. Then spark people was born and I found thousands of people with different ideas on “how to lose and maintain weight.” Their ideas were as different and similar as the millions of “diet” plans in the world. Which way to go? What path to follow? I followed my heart, opened locks and as each one fell open, I became wiser.

I have admitted I love food and am working to control this necessary addiction. One can’t quit it like gambling or alcohol as eating is required to sustain life. Over my life time, I have tried more diets than I have moved and I have MOVED over 20 times. The last few years at Spark I have tried many ideas on how to lose weight and successfully found keys that work for me.

Portion Control
Low gylcemic food, less white stuff to put it simply
Filling the box at a restaurant with half my food for dinner the next day
Drink water to be sure I am hungry and not just thirsty.
Club soda with flavoring to replace diet soda.
Snacks in every purse, tote bag, car, desk drawer and anywhere else I might get caught and be hungry! Usually protein bars as they carry well.
Learning to love exercise and missing it! Seeing pictures of a 90 year old lady lifting 15# weights made me feel like a weakling!!

Will these changes work for everyone? I cannot truthfully answer that as I truly believe the addiction of food is tied to so many emotions in each of us that what works for one does not work for others. Each of us has to find the drive and willingness to make change in our lives to be healthier and to teach generations to come about being healthy and setting the example.

Don’t just talk, walk the walk.

You never know who is watching you and what they learn from your actions.

After almost 59 years of trying, here is a success story in my life.

I noticed big changes in myself and my healthy living plan yesterday when I went to a seminar and had to eat what the site served me instead of on my plan:

What was served, what I used to eat and what I ate yesterday:

On a 6” plate: Salad, with walnuts, apple slices, freshly shaved parmesan cheese, cranberries. Two years ago I ate the whole thing! Yesterday I ate half the salad and only one nut.

Rolls: individual dinner rolls white AND wheat with REAL butter patty. Two years ago I Ate two. Yesterday I had none.

ON a 10” plate: A lovely small quarter chicken attached to the leg on top of fresh thinly sliced and perfectly cooked au gratin potatoes and a side of fresh carrots with their cute little tops trimmed neatly. Two years ago – ate the entire plate and wished I was at home so I could lick the plate. Yesterday. I noted there was about a cup of potatoes, 9-12 oz of chicken and 6 carrots. I ate ALL my carrots, half the yummilicious potatoes and about 2-3 oz of the chicken. Then I stared at it wishing I had a lovely box or bag to take it home in! they had none at the facility. I noted all the other plates and how most people ate everything BUT the carrots and wished I could have taken those! I noted how all of the 20+ tables had at least ONE plate with no one sitting there and wished I could take those 25-30 lunches home and freeze them. I could have fed us well for many weeks.

And oh yes there was dessert. A lovely well sliced 2” piece of cheesecake with a key lime glaze loving poured over it and a few mint springs in it. Two years ago, desert would have been gone before the chicken sauce was dry on the dinner plate. Yesterday, I pretended it was quite gross and unappetizing looking and that it would taste just as awful.

And I had to look at all that food for TWO HOURS! AND NOT EAT IT!! And I DID NOT!! I thought about all the hungry people who could have eaten that food. I thought about how wasteful all that food was while we sat there and listened to speakers talking about fresh produce, working with local farmers and saving the planet from ourselves. I think I will have to write the organizers and suggest to them they need to adjust and reduce the amount of food they serve or serve it family style!!

My Name is Jann. I have been a food-a-holic for 59 years.

I still am a food-a-holic, I see no chance of recovery only living to divert the drives in another direction and being a food-a-holic in a new manner.

I am learning to over come.

Join me and, start living healthier today!

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