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Not Feeling Deprived in Maintenance and Living binge Free

Saturday, February 02, 2013

I have not binged in two years and 4 months. I have kept my weight off for one year and 4 months. I am often asked, why is this maintenance working when I have yo-yoed all of my life.
I know my standard response was to say: I eat little sugar, high fiber, low carb. I exercise 6-7 times a week. I have Spark people for support. I am eating things I enjoy. I am not bingeing while maintaining for the first time in my life. All of these are important factors.

Lately I have fine tuned these thoughts about not feeling deprived.

One: I realized that for most of my life, I did not enjoy vegetables and salads. I focused on the main meal and carbs. I did not particularly want to eat vegetables. I ate vegetables because I was either on a diet or because I knew they were good for me. In the year that I was losing my 114 pounds, I began eating 2 cups of lettuce and 2 cups of vegetables for both lunch and dinner. I began to experiment with vegetable recipes. Soon I found wonderful roasted vegetable recipes and jumped into Indian, Korean, Ethiopian, Thai, and Food Network recipes. Now I absolutely love my vegetables and get excited about eating them.
I have also stepped up my salads by dumping in leftover vegetables from dinner or adding fresh herbs.

Two: I am now eating healthy versions of food I used to feel guilty about eating for most of my life. I really enjoy waffles, lasagna, spaghetti, pizza, peanut butter, nuts and enchiladas. These used to be foods I ate when I was going off of my "diet." Now they are part of my life and are thoroughly enjoyed.

Sauces: I loved sauces and dips but had the same reaction that I was indulging in a forbidden food. Now I routinely make yogurt sauces with tahinni or cilantro lime or tzatziki cucumber sauce. Adding these to my meals makes me feel iike I am eating a gourmet meal.

So no, I do not feel deprived. I am very happy with my life and am thoroughly enjoying my new menus. For me this is a key for stabilty in maintenance and living binge free.
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    1846 days ago
    This is awesome! Thanks for encouraging us!
    1930 days ago
    I think what you've described is a HUGE key to successful weight loss and maintenance. Following a weight loss or maintenance food plan does not mean that you can't enjoy what you're eating! Learning to lighten up your favorites and indulging in a few unhealthy foods every once in a while means that you'll not only feel content with your meal plan, but that it will also be one you'll be motivated to stick with forever.
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  • -AMANDA79-
    Great blog! emoticon I love veggies and I love healthy versions of foods that used to be off limits.
    1932 days ago
  • -LINDA_S
    These are great tips! I need to keep them in mind for my upcoming maintenance.
    1932 days ago
    Yup - avoiding deprivation is the only way to go! YAY for healthy versions of our favorite foods!
    1932 days ago
  • CAMAEL100
    Great to hear from someone who is doing so well in maintenance!

    You sound like you have it nailed down! Well done!
    1932 days ago
    What a great new normal!
    1932 days ago
    Congrats to you!! This is such a good place to have arrived at.

    I remember vegetables as a kid cooked into a grey much (cauliflower) so they smelled bad . . . yuck.

    Love vegetables now. Raw beets in my salad. sugar snap peas. Roasted brussels sprouts. Baked sweet portatoes with cinnamon. So many different flavours, colours, textures.

    And: those of us who eat a lot of brightly coloured fruits and veggies have the rosy natural skin colour to show for it . . . better than a tan!!
    1932 days ago
    You really are in a good place now. Everything is coming together. Absolutely wonderful!

    I hear you on the vegetables. I remember them as soggy unrecognizable pieces of mush that I ate because they were good for me. Who knew that I would like so many of them RAW. Then with the new recipes, it made all the difference.
    1932 days ago
    It all makes SO MUCH sense! Thank you for sharing!
    1932 days ago
    ou should write a cookbook. I found myself wanting your recipes. LOL.
    1932 days ago
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