Fake food

Friday, July 08, 2011

When I weighed myself June 30th and vowed to put my scale away for a month, I vowed to do something else different as well.

I decided to try and eat more "natural" foods. Sounds simple enough right? Not so much.

When I was around 15 years old, I joined a weight loss program where I ate boxed meals. It thought it worked REALLY well. I learned portion control. I got to see what combinations of foods I SHOULD be eating. In all honesty though, that was ALL it did for me.

I am 36 years old and I have been eating "fake" food for most of my life. Imitation egg, fat free mayo, boxed meals, fake, fake, fake. I have made myself so scared of eating "real" food that I never taught myself to cook "healthy" meals.

On July 1st, I decided to try eating "real" food again. All the fake crap wasn't getting me to my goals for whatever reason. I started googling healthy recipes using REAL ingredients. Cheese! yay, veggies, anything I want really. I started eating foods with FAT again. Tuna sandwich with REAL mayo. DELICIOUS. Almond butter. YUM. Oh fat, how I have missed you sooooooo.

I know it has only been a week, but I am noticing a big difference in my eating with "real" food. While I AM eating more fat, I am NOT as hungry. I can EASILY maintain a 1200 calorie a day meal plan. I feel satisfied for the first time in a long time.

For so long, I would eat my fake food, then be hungry for another fake food item within 30 minutes. Obviously this has not been working for me, as I have been a sparker for 3 years and have been at the same weight.

I won't know how "successful" this will be for me until the end of this month. What I do know is that I am not craving sugary foods, I don't feel deprived, I am eating what my family is eating, and I am able to make foods with clearly defined portion sizes so I can continue to keep track of my food. It feels so gratifying to prepare a tasty, visually appealing, HEALTHY meal that everyone eats. It feels good to eat REAL food again.

It feels good to eat a serving of a food and be satisfied. I often wondered how the skinny girls did it. How did they eat that small serving of something and be fine. I often wondered why people ate "real" food on here when there was a lower calorie version of the same "fake" food available. I think I get it now........

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  • JIBBIE49
    emoticon I weigh daily, and would never put my scale away for a month. I do buy Organic fruits and veggie.
    2846 days ago
    Thanks for the wake-up, this is just what I needed to hear. I have been eating a lot of sugar items,(graham crackers and ice cream) processed foods, etc. Weight is not moving verry fast. Time for a change.
    2846 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Real food is delicious. Now when I try processed food I cannot take the fake taste.
    Even my hubby is convinced, eating real food helps us consume less.
    Keep Sparking!
    2846 days ago
    So true, I also have been much less hungry since I cut way back on "fake" processed garbage.
    2846 days ago
    You go girl!!
    2846 days ago
    emoticon to clean eating! And isn't it so much more tasty and satisfying? emoticon
    2846 days ago
    Good for you! Many years ago I did Nutri System and while I lost weight with it, I never really learned how to "fend" for myself.

    I'm so happy that you've gone the "REAL" food way. It really is the better way.

    Personally, I like to cook together some fresh spinach, onions, tomatoes, garlic in a pan with about 2 tspn of olive oil. I'll fry that up and when it's done, I'll add just a little grated cheddar cheese until it's melted. Then I put everything in a spinach tortilla or whole wheat toasted pita break and voila! Lunch!

    Here are a couple of links that I enjoy:



    Happy eating!
    2846 days ago
  • TANYAP71
    If you are looking for a magazine, I've found 'Clean Eating' to be a great help. We have liked pretty much everything we've tried!
    2846 days ago
    Good girl!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    I was eating sugar free jelly beans once and my boyfriend at the time said, "you know if you ate less crap you could eat actual meals". Yikes!
    2846 days ago
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