Week 5 of Maintenance
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Today marks the beginning of week 5! My pants and shirts feel great on me, and the scale still shows 155. All in all - success! (Particularly since I had a Halloween party on Saturday!)
So, I was thinking about something that I was introduced to back when I read David A. Kessler's "The End of Overeating". It was how our food, the food in fast food joints and restaurants and junk food is primarily just salty, sweet or fatty tasting.
On Saturday, my sister and I threw a Halloween party. Besides baked goodies, we also did a few Pillsbury cake mixes and some candy. The funny thing was - I thought the taste was lacking in many of these. The cake tasted sweet. And...that's it. My Baby Ruth tasted peanutty, sweet, and slightly salty. And that's it. The Kit Kat had a nice crunch, but the chocolate really didn't taste much like chocolate, just...sweet.
I had experienced something similar with the chips when having lunch and the french fries at Red Robin. The chips were crunchy and salty. There wasn't much of a flavor to them beyond that (maybe that fatty, greasy taste). As for the fries, again, they were salty and crispy. But taste? Not so much.
It is just so weird to try these things that I used to constantly eat or crave and be like, "Meh, it's OK". Why was I so obsessed with them? What is the appeal?!
Here is a list of items I'd rather eat than the fries or the chips or the candy:
+ Greek salad - spinach, kalamata olives, and Feta
+ Spinach Walnut Craisin Salad
+ Lentil soup
+ Hummus and chips (preferably the Trader Joe Bean chips)
+ A square of Ghiradelli's Dark Chocolate
+ My homemade pumpkin bread
+ My sister's homemade vegan oatmeal cookies
+ My crustless meat pizzas
+ Paradise Bakery's Albacore Tuna Salad
+ Any salad with garbanzo beans
+ A Blue Moon
+ Pinot Grigio
+ An apple with a tablespoon of Nutella
+ A small soy latte
+ A hazelnut chocolate chip cookie from a local dessert cafe (made fresh there)
+ A breakfast sandwhich
+ Trail Mix (specifically with almonds and craisins)
I could make quite a list, but I think you get the gist. The fact is, most of these items on the list have FLAVOR. There is more than sweet or salty, fatty or bitter to them. They are more satisfying than having a dozen Reese's Peanut Butter cups.
I must admit, this realization that I don't crave these foods that I don't want them is so uplifting and encouraging. One of the things about Maintenance that has scared me the most was how I would react once I started reintroducing foods into my diet. When I was on Medifast meals, it was super easy (for the most part) to avoid eating candy bars and such - it was off program. But when nothing is technically off limits? Would I have the strength to say no, to stop?
The answer, I am finding, is yes. I CAN say no. I CAN stop. Because I've found there are BETTER foods than the ones I used to love. I NEVER want to go back to that old way, so I will keep doing what I've done: spending my calories on GOOD foods instead of wasting it on mediocre candy and fries.