You Have To Live With Yourself - August 28, 2016
Sunday, August 28, 2016
I actually had another blog in mind, but talking to the dental hygienist this morning at my dental visit, "sparked" this one.
One of the major sea changes that came about in the last bunch of decades (I cannot tell you exactly when, nor is it important to look up), is the change in the idea that we are not on a diet. This is a lifestyle change, as we all know now. Deprivation from foods we love and sitting at family gatherings eating a wedge of lettuce (no dressing, please!), and a cherry tomato, is not going to allow us to enjoy the party.
Talking to the hygienist this morning, it triggered a memory: I clearly remembered then, the very first time I engaged in weight loss activities. The diet from that "other company" back in 1969 was so incredibly strict, it was a miracle I lost the weight I desired. And I was a teenager at the time. I remember that many everyday foods were a clear no-no. Anything but whole wheat bread (white bread, too, I think, was okay) was not allowed (I remember no rye - and I LOVE rye), and definitely no ketchup! Mustard, yes; ketchup, no. And tuna as dry as a bone on a slice (I remember I only had one slice - not enough to make a sandwich, if I "saved" the other slice for later) of whole wheat and absolutely NO mayo. It was hard. A squirt of lemon on the tuna, and washed down with tomato juice. I remember that summer well. And let's not forget the required liver once a week (which I almost forgot). Well, under no circumstances was that going to happen. And it didn't.
I really believe now that to make these changes last for the long haul, it has to be worked into our lifestyles as we already live it. Or as my 95-year old late aunt used to say often enough, "Moderation in all things." That generation really lived what they preached. And I believe strongly that this is why three of my father's siblings lived well into their 90's. Their weekend Sabbath walk would easily be ten miles. I was asked once to clock the distance with the car's trip meter, so I can attest to that fact, if necessary. My generation would call that a hike. And a special camp activity at that, surely not a weekly one.
Perhaps, taking a page from the older generation on their healthful habits is not a bad idea.
And do keep the fun foods on the menu. Just plot it carefully and use the Nutrition Tracker, which many of us already know, is our most faithful and trusted friend.
Pass the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups please, and all the best as you continue on your journey to better health,