I am pleasantly surprised at the new perspective I have experienced from writing my last blog.
I wrote about my body's reactions to food. They are a part of my life that I don’t often share...but they have always loomed large in my head. I have carried this around for years like a large ball of SECRET ISSUES front and center when it comes to losing weight.
I have told myself that I am not like others, and that I cannot always stick to a reducing diet for that reason. I get ‘symptoms’ when others don’t. I have to be more careful of what I eat, and sometimes I have to eat something just to feel well. It is really difficult for me to lose weight.
All of that is true.
But, having written down a description of my symptoms, and having told the whole tale, I found -- a sense of relief, surprisingly.
My ‘condition’ became smaller. After putting it all in writing, I was able to stand back and look at it in a more objective way. It became less the GIANT FOOD PROBLEM in my head and more a simple statement of how things are.
I feel better able to approach this issue dispassionately and in a problem-solving way.
I am thinking now of ways to stay within my calorie limits by including more foods that make me feel better – rather than foods that are ‘recommended.’ I can stop feeling guilty about eating those good fat foods (nuts, avocado, olive oil). I just have to be careful to eat them in smaller portions.
Also, having written about my reaction to high-sugar foods, it is now easier to resist them. Truly, the pleasure of their taste has to be diminished by the knowledge of their harmful effects on me. It makes it easier to limit them to occasional special events.
When I think about it, I am fortunate to have a body that responds negatively to foods that potentially could lead to health issues. (I believe Kren, one of the responders to my blog mentioned that.)
Furthermore, from the responses to my blog, I learned that others share some of my symptoms. (Look at that -- I am not so strange and unusual after all.)
So, my new perspective is this: my body’s reaction to foods is no longer an excuse for not being able to lose weight or to ‘stick to a diet.’ (There will be no more reducing diets for me.)
Rather, I will use it as a FRAMEWORK that I can operate within to design a permanent eating plan that will:
1) help me stabilize my weight in a healthy range and
2) maintain my good health and sense of well-being.
I will come up with my own customized plan for eating that will work best for me.
Duh!! And why have I not done this before? That's a good question!
Thank you Spark People -- for getting me to focus on me and my issues so I can begin to resolve them! Writing blogs helps!