The peanut in the M&M does not make it okay
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I recently re-sparked my commitment to healthy living. Like life, there is a rhythm to everything, and SparkPeople went down to mezzo piano in my life. (Yes, a music reference. Thank you music teacher if you got that one.) After a truly wonderful chat with my doctor, I'm back up to forte!
I have been eating really healthy for just over a week now, and it's showing. The weight is melting off right now. I have more energy. I sleep better at night. It's really kind of cool.
I recently wrote a post about how Olive Garden tried to kill my motivation. I've thought quite a bit about that post. It's amazing that I can eat 750 cal for 2 meals and be completely satisfied, but I eat one 750 cal flat bread pizza and I'm still left wanting more. Then the light bulb went on.
I had been filling my body with that which does not nourish. No wonder I packed on the pounds so quickly after the wedding. I kept eating things with such little nutritional value that my body was starving while getting way more calories than it needed. I had lost touch with how my body defined hunger and thirst, and I medicated it with M&Ms or gummy bears. (No, the peanut in the M&M does not justify it having nutritional merit.) I used food in the same way and addict uses drugs - I numbed the feeling without dealing with the underlying cause.
I'm working hard on kicking this habit. All the food I had around me but no longer want to eat is in a closed drawer for my co-workers to take at any time. The house is purged of trigger food. This doesn't mean it's easy, but that's why I have this community! Together, we can keep each other honest about the nutritional value of a peanut M&M!