Ok, here are some thoughts for a challenge.I saw this on the clean eating site and thought I post it here for us to do here.
I've been reading about why people can't follow an eating plan (hate the word diet) for any length of time, even though they really, really want to.A coworker says it's based on emotional eating. People see food as way more than it is - they use it to help them feel better, as a reward, to take the place of something or someone else..People also tend to make way too many excuses about why it was ok to cheat (and it never really is ok). The thing that really hit me was when she said that there isn't any such thing as willpower. If we have something available to us that we really want, it's only a matter of time before we eat it. When she works with a weightloss client, the first thing she does is clean out their cupboards/frig and help them shop for healthy replacements. Most people tend to do far better with fewer choices, at least until they change their thinking about the purpose of food.
Based on my reading and her advice, I'd like this challenge to accomplish two things:
1) Get rid of the emotional attachment to food and start seeing it as fuel for our bodies. The better the fuel, the better our bodies will perform.
2) Realize that it isn't ok to cheat.Even though if you do it is not over. It's not just about eating something we shouldn't; its about cheating ourselves out of the health and results we want to see.
Here the plan (subject to change by your input):
By January 2nd:Make a plan
You will be choosing the foods that will make up your meals until the end of January. If you want to do this weekly that's okay.
Choose 4 LEAN protein sources (whole foods, not bars or protein powders).
Choose 4 sources of starchy carbs, i.e. oats, whole grains, rice (not white), sweet potatoes...
Choose 3 types of fruit (whole fruits, not juice).
You don't have to limit your veggie sources, as all veggies are good. Just make sure you consume them without sauces or additives - as close to nature as possible.
Get rid of the junk leftover from the holdays. Stock your cupboard and frig/freezer with the foods you have chosen. Get rid of anything else.
Don't like throwing out food? Take a box of unopened stuff into work leave it on the table, put it in the fridge and make a notice for all who wants it as free. No guilt it's out of your sight and mind, just don't look in the fridge til it's gone. Take your cooler to work and eat only your planned foods.
For those of you who have family members that will want to shoot you for doing this, you'll have to let them have their normal food, but you'll have to work extra hard to stay completely away from it. For those of you who have more flexibility, get rid of anything that isn't one of your selected food items!
For the rest of January: Make up your meals and snacks using only the foods you chose at the beginning of the month. I know what you're thinking..."how boring, I'll get so tired of those foods..." That's ok, because boring and tired are emotions, and we're getting rid of the emotional connection to food. Think of it as quality fuel for your body and your life. You'll actually become quite creative about combining foods and finding different ways to cook them.
Support: Everyone in the challenge can or not post their chosen foods by Jan. 4th. We can share recipes and cooking ideas, and post our daily meals. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: We don't condone cheating - we don't tell each other that it's ok you ate that piece of cake, or that it was only one glass of wine...for one month only, there won't be any cheating.
Rewards: At the end of each week give yourself a reward that isn't related to food. A new book, some quiet time...doesn't have to be fancy or expensive - just acknowledge that you made it through the week giving your body healthy fuel.
I know it will be challenging for those of us who have to prepare meals for others, but we're just going to have to do it. We know what we'll be eating, and it may be more work, but will be well worth it.
There aren't any cheat meals this month, no foods at all that aren't on your list. Absolutely no alcohol , but hopefully by the end of January, we'll all have a new attitude about food and its true purpose.
One last thing other than the above post something you will be accountable to pick up to 3 goals , this could be drinking your 8 glasses of water or running 5 miles/day. It can be as little or as much as you want it to be.
Edited by: DAISYANE at: 12/29/2010 (10:42)
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