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A break from my reading notes

Sunday, December 16, 2018

I have attempted to read through the Beck Diet Solution 4 or 5 times, actually made it through the whole book twice, but failed on doing the daily to-do lists. All the while in the back of my mind is the "take time and energy to "diet".

Then I decided to read Neal Barnard's Breaking the Food Seduction - maybe to feel good about the if you keep failing - it's not your fault, it's the way your body is working against you.

Ahh, that sounds so good, doesn't it? It's not my fault that I keep stuffing potato chips in my mouth - my body is engineered to eat that fatty little- to no-nutrient foods. I really have a hard time buying that because I am making a choice to going to the store and buying that crap.

I am coming to the conclusion that it is all about choices and whether I choose to take the time and energy to diet. What am I going to choose?

I can eat junk food and feel like crap or I can eat food, real food that is as close to how nature intended it to be, and feel more energized. Some times when I am preparing my meals, I realize that it takes me at least 1/2 hour to prep my veggies. I almost always start with onion, carrot and celery. Plus I am attempting to make the meal large enough so I have planned leftovers. Then It takes at least 1/2 hour to cook. So that is an hour for meal time -- but I forget that the leftovers don't take as long so that makes the average meal time less.

The reality is that I AM taking the time and energy to make healthy meals. So, why am I eating so much junk? Because I am not applying that same principal to snacks.

Snacking is my downfall, I can eat my meals according to my plan, but totally through all wisdom out the window when it comes to choosing what I am going to eat for a snack. It is really just as east to grab an orange or apple as it is to eat potato chips.

I just needed to tell myself this because I am getting my mindset wrapped around the fact that I can survive without eating potato chips and candy bars. It really is all about choice, what am I going to choose to eat?

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  • REJ7777
    This is an insightful blog. You seem to be getting a handle on the problem. It's so important that each bite we put into our mouths contributes to our health, not destroys it.

    I personally have found that I need to get the victory at the grocery store. If I buy it, I WILL eat it.
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    512 days ago
    Best wishes to you. I am also choosing healthy snacks, it is not easy living with a snack junkie... He is getting better however.
    527 days ago
    Three meals and the only "snack" allowed is a piece of fruit, presently that is Christmas clementines. And the kitchen is definitely closed after the supper dishes are done. Shopping is so much quicker when one doesn't bother with the snack aisles and the bill looks much better as well. emoticon
    527 days ago
    Choice is the key but 3 meals works for me!
    527 days ago
    I'm with Kriszta - 3 meals only and definitely nothing after dinner. Even a 12 hour fast is way better for you than eating all day and not letting your body have any repair time.
    527 days ago
    I've switched to 4 meals. Breakfast and dinner are larger, each is fully balanced.
    528 days ago
    Yes, I believe it is about the choice!
    Per BDS, if we plan meals and snacks the night before, that meand we don'T need to make decisions on the go, just follow the plan.
    It is clear black-or-white with meals, either I'M having a breakfast (or lunch or dinner) or not.
    Snacks open a slippery slope, because they can be considered "it was just a bite" = nothing...
    After some years in maintenance, this is the reason why I switched to eating 3 meals only and no snacks. Less decisions, less trouble!
    I eat the same amount, only the food that used to be in my 2 snacks was moved to the meals.
    528 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/16/2018 7:17:39 AM
    Good Luck for choosing healthy snacks.
    528 days ago
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