Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Some other folks' blogs got me thinking about this topic. How can you know so much about nutrition and healthy habits, and still eat wrong? How can you know so much about the consequences of overeating, and still do it? You correct a friend who says "olive oil has less calories than butter," and yet that misinformed friend stays thin and active while you grow from overweight to obese. Dang! How is it possible for me to know so much and not use that knowledge?
I got interested in nutrition during high school while writing a term paper, and over the years I've read lots of nutrition and diet books. In college I got an encyclopedic book of foods. It listed the nutrients and the best way to prepare various raw ingredients - meats, vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains. As the years passed, I learned about the T-Factor diet, the McDougall diet, Atkins, the glycemic index, and more. And I got fatter and fatter!
Sure my diet has plenty of healthy stuff - veggies, fruit, whole grain, lean meat. But also a horrendous amount of frozen processed goodies, beer, bread and cheese, Oreo cookies, blech.
So now, here I am, sick of it, finally found SparkPeople, which has been a real game changer. It feels like my perspective has shifted.
What's the difference now? SparkPeople offers great support, but one of my favorite tools is the tracking. In the past before SparkPeople there was no feedback mechanism, no accountability, other than the scale. Using a little calorie book was awkward and time consuming. Here on SparkPeople it's very easy to track food and exercise. You can look at every meal, or generate reports over a week, or several weeks, or months. It's like self-directed behavior modification. It feels like I'm now able to really pay attention and know exactly what I'm eating, rather than just telling myself something like it's OK to dish up another mountain of potato salad because I'll start dieting on Monday. No more waiting til Monday!
I'm still training. The goal is to learn how to eat in a healthy manner every day. I'm not losing much weight but I'm learning. Just recently I realized how freaking unhealthy tortilla chips are! I thought they were the smart choice! Well they may be better than potato chips but they are not exactly smart.
Thanks for listening, as always.