I started taking carrots and hummus with my lunch, rather than chips or pretzels, about a month or so ago, and now I find myself looking forward to that at lunch. I don't miss the chips. I didn't expect this to happen, but am happy it did. So, yes, the "reprogramming" can work.
"Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission." -Eleanor Roosevelt-
"What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?" -Jean Jacques Rousseau- ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Co-team leader: I Love Muffins Co-team leader: Cooking for One or Two
This is an excellent article! Thank you for posting the link. There were a couple of things that really stood out for me and gave me a couple of ideas:
1.) Make a list of foods in my current diet that need to be replaced with a healthier option. While I know I can still have the less nutritious option, it is good to have a "go to" food in mind that I already have programmed in my head to choose instead.
After doing this for a while, I would think that instead of my brain immediately thinking "cookies", my brain would think "pear" instead.
Making this kind of list would also enable me to work on one or two foods at a time instead of changing everything all at once - setting me up for failure.
2.) It's not about "all or nothing," but about making progress. I don't need to be on or off a diet, but I can continuously work on improving my food choices and portion sizes.
I read that article and it makes perfect sense. I honestly believe that is why I have not felt guilty or even gain weight because I do not stick to a regimented diet or deny myself something that may be on a high calorie side. I believe in keeping things really simple eating is not rocket science. I realize eating out is the real culprit. Even the worse meal you prepare at home is better because you simply know what you are putting in your food. So for me going back to old school, COOK AT HOME!!!
BE TRUE TO YOURSELF AND YOU WILL BE SET FREE!!!!
Pounds lost: 45.0
Fitness Minutes: (86,440) Posts: 5,347 6/4/09 10:09 P
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.