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The Lies We Tell Ourselves

Friday, May 09, 2014

I was skimming back through a blog I wrote this past week when I stumbled upon a lie I'd told myself (and by extension, all of you!). I stated that I've been "cooking all my meals at home."

Let's backtrack for a second.

When I came to Spark in 2009, pretty much all of my meals came from restaurants. Chinese take-out, burritos, thai curry -- these were the foods I ate on a daily basis. Obviously, most of these foods are not fit for daily consumption, and even if healthy options can be found, they certainly weren't what I was ordering!

Through Sparkpeople, I discovered the joy of cooking and now I prepare most of my own food. But to say that, of late, I cook "all" my own meals is, upon further reflection, a big, fat lie!

I eat at office social events for 1-2 meals a week. And I eat out with my husband and friends for 2-3 meals per week. Let's say I consume 21 meals per week -- 7 meals, 3 times a day. Then it is possible that close to 25% of my meals were prepared and consumed outside of the home.

There is a big difference between 0% and 25%!! For starters, in the best case scenario, I don't REALLY know exactly what I am eating 25% of the time. Even if I track it, it is just an educated guess. More likely than not, it is significantly off in one direction or the other.

Secondly, I'm FAR less likely to track these meals -- in part because I don't really know what's in them and in part because I tend to overindulge and I don't want to face the music.

I'm glad I realized this because I've been quietly deceiving myself about this for some time. I think my first move is to track every morsel I eat -- in or out of the house!! Otherwise, this secret, silent 25% will continue to wreak havoc on my nutrition. Talk about food creep!
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    I hear that! I always think when I eat sushi I am eating healthy.. but there is that rice, and my favorite roll has tempura shrimp!! NOT so healthy! And we all know even when we eat the right things that the portions are so big... Gotta really try to track those meals out... You and me both!!!
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    1474 days ago
    Yes, they ARE lies that WE tell OURselves :D !
    I went through a similar self-reckoning a couple of months ago, and when I came to terms with the fact that I really do not know what is in those foods I was ordering, their serving size, or caloric count, it was easier to see that I was sabotaging my own dreams. Things have been working out much better, since.
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    Comment edited on: 5/10/2014 10:53:31 AM
    good catch! I made the realization this week that I likely was not feeding myself enough good food from home, resulting in being very very hungry in the evenings and so I was compensating by eating prepared food that was not great for me - while I still didn't go over my calories by much, I was eating poor quality food and was feeling it (and seeing it on the scale) honesty about how much and where it's coming is important :)
    1474 days ago
    One of the reasons I do all my own cooking is BECAUSE I know exactly what's in it. Even restaurants that give calorie counts are just estimating, because the cooks don't measure ingredients, they toss and splash. It may look and smell great, but you can have no idea what is actually in it.
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    Telling ourselves the truth is really the deal here at Spark and you sure have made that point well in this blog. thank you!
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    lol... we don't think about those special meals with others when we cook/eat. I really try to watch the meals I consume outside of my personally cooked meals. Keep up the good work
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  • MJRVIC2000
    We reap what we sow, whether it be eating, doing or thinking. God Bless YOU! Vic.
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  • AMBER0406
    I think you just made a great realization. It makes a difference when you eat out and you are not exactly sure what the caloric content of those meals are. You may know the ingredients, but how do they prepare it? What do they use to cook it? How much is the sauce? It's hard for me to stay on track when I eat out. I try and avoid it unless they have the calories posted for me.
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  • VJH-W65
    Come live in my small town
    There is no thai, that temptation is gone
    no sushi,
    only places to go are so far from good food that you would only cook.

    1474 days ago
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