Wednesday, July 17, 2013
I am a very fickle person when it comes to eating, I think. I do well with a diet plan for about 2 weeks and then I come to a screeching halt and start to think another diet plan would be better. I realize that is just rebellion. But is it?
Specifically, I sway between a more calorie, protein counting diet, like that of Sparkpeople, and choosing whatever I want to eat based on true hunger and stopping when satisfied, more like Intuitive Eating. They both are great ideas and they both have merit.
It is true that counting calories, fat and protein is a good way to lose weight and stay healthy along with specific food plans (planning your meals based on certain food groups. Calories in vs. calories out. However, eating what you are wanting and learning when you are hungry and what you are hungry for, without giving into mindless cravings is also a good way to live. Hmmm.
I have tried both and they both work for me. Unfortunately, they both work very short term...literally two weeks each. So, I wonder what it would be like to alter an eating plan to change every two weeks. I don't mean going wild every two weeks for all the junk food I can eat. I mean, thinking calories, protein and fat and recording it and paying attention to being within my limits or eating from specific food groups for two weeks. Then taking two weeks to slowly eat what I want and learn the aspects of intuitive and mindful eating and hunger for two weeks.
Perhaps by doing this, the two ways of eating will converge. I always lose a little weight when I do either one. I would love to eat "what I have to for calories sake" mindfully. But when I drink my green smoothie in the morning consisting of spinach, banana, flax meal, and raspberries...it is not what I really want. I like it alright, but I don't slowly take down each sip and savor it. Not by a long shot. Mainly because if I drink it too slowly, the flax meal will turn the shake into a disgusting pudding, like it did while I was typing this.
Hmmmm. Still in the thinking stage.