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Knowing vs. Knowing How

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.
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    I am with you, Hazel. Have been stress eating lately (on chips and salsa, LOL). It's hard not to go to "comfort food" when we are stressed or upset, even though we know it's not good for us. Wish I knew the answer of how to "just say no" sometimes.
    1645 days ago
    This blog reminds me of past instances where I would think to myself " I know I am emotionally eating right now and should stop, but I don't want to". Not sure what the magic answer is. Keep pushing I suppose.
    1645 days ago
  • THIN133
    Most of us know how to eat healthy, but putting it into action takes more effort & thought .We are all here working on it together though , so we can do it ! We can use our knowledge to make wiser choices & to be healthier emoticon

    Have you ever tried the baked tortilla chips ? They are healthier & taste pretty good . You could count them for portion control & calories but you could still have your chips & salsa . Salsa is good for you . Just a thought emoticon
    1647 days ago
    Head knowledge and heart knowledge are two different things. LOL I have lots of head knowledge about nutrition. But I also have a lot of emotions, good and bad, tied to food and a lot of emotional baggage tied to dieting. So that puts in me in hard spot, do I choose with my head or my heart. For me, I'm trying to find a new way to engage my heart in making healthy choices for myself. It's quite a battle, but it seems to be going so much better than ignoring all my emotional responses and trying to act off sheer head knowledge. Loved your blog!
    1647 days ago
    emoticon To bad about tortilla chips. Really love them, but don't buy to often. Chips and salsa is one of my favorites. Glad to have found SP just like you. Also glad for the challenge team. Tracking alone won't do it for me.
    1647 days ago
    Good blog! I can so relate. We are all learning though, right?
    1647 days ago
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