Sunday, May 26, 2013
Things have been rough and I've been doing a lot of stress eating. I did really well through the Fall and Winter, but its been the Spring that has gotten me. I've been stress eating and watching my weight go in the wrong way. I know I need to get myself back on track. I don't have the money to go buy a new book, or special foods.
My husband brought home some old photo albums. I've been looking at old pictures and realizing something I didn't realize when I was younger. I looked pretty good. My weight wasn't as bad as I thought it was. I began thinking about how I managed my weight when I was younger. I know that I started watching what I ate and made exercise a priority back then. I didn't eat certain foods that would put the weight on. I ate mostly protein and vegetables. The veggies I ate weren't anything special, canned beans were the top of the list. With our current financial issues we've used the the local food pantry and now have canned beans and other canned veggies in our cupboard. I haven't eaten canned vegetables for years. But, I really prefer green beans that are canned if I can't have them fresh. I've been thinking about how I used to eat. It wasn't that different from how I prefer to eat now. It was a simple version of all the diet principles I subscribe to: South Beach, Sonoma, Carb Lovers, 17 Day Diet, Biggest Loser. They all have in common the focus on eating proteins and vegetables, limiting fruits and starchy foods. I even went back to the diets I did back in high school, college and before I was married: Scarsdale, Diet Center, Dr. Stillman and some others that emphasized protein, vegetables and limited amounts of good carbs. And I remembered as a new mother using a diet called The Four Day Wonder Diet as a template for my eating. Again, emphasis on eating protein and vegetables with some fruit. I want to emphasize that I used it as a template. I would look at it for ideas of what to eat and then adjust it. When I evolved my diet for South Beach and other plans, it was because they fit the basics of focusing on good proteins, good vegetables, and good carbs.
All this has gotten me thinking about diets and healthy eating. While eating high quality foods is always best, eating simply should always be the focus. So, I went online and found the Four Day Wonder Diet. Printed it out and its going back on my refrigerator. I can use this again as my template along with everything I've learned from other diets. I can work on getting control of my stress eating and feed myself and my family and in the meantime I can lose weight.
Someone is going to ask why can't I just adjust my more up to date plans. Because I've found that many diet plans are grounded in all or nothing thinking and that it's easy to get caught up in that way of thinking. I resist all or nothing thinking and tend to modify all diets. And the truth is they all work with the modifications. Its the principles that are important. With a less rigid plan, I don't fall into the trap of all or nothing thinking because I can't buy Greek yogurt or arugula. I still track my calories, but if I can't I'll be okay. There are no special foods, just eating protein, vegetables and limited carbs. I can eat what is available to me at the moment. No having to find special foods. Just the basics of good healthy eating. And when my garden is ready, I'll get back to fresh foods. Truth is, it's all very Spark friendly.