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........