I am not a slave (to food)!
I used to feel like I had no willpower over the all-mighty fork. But, the last 2 weeks have truly been an eye-opener for me.
I've been on a consistent meal plan now for about 2 weeks. It's very organized and specific. I eat what's on the plan and nothing else. I am actually doing it and feel great!
Here are some examples of things I eat:
apple, grapefruit, banana, blueberries, raspberries
sweet potato, brown rice, brown rice cakes, old fashioned oatmeal or steel cut oats
white fish, lean red meat (ie filet mignon, buffalo, elk, all stuff I have in my freezer), egg whites, hard boiled eggs, avocado, unsweetened coconut
greek yogurt, whey and casein protein powder
Nothing crazy but very basic.
I eat every 2-3 hours and usually never feel hungry. But my calorie intake is not crazy low (1700-1950 cal per day).
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I used to CRAVE desserts/sweets. Couldn't get the thought of them out of my head until I ate some. Then, of course, I would eat twice as much as I should and feel guilty. Hit the repeat button. Day after day. I used to just think "I like to eat and this is my downfall". But I don't think that way so much anymore. I really feel like a recovering sugar-aholic. Scoof, laugh, whatever. I think there is something to be said for this. I equate my feelings toward this like those I had toward the night sweats of menopause. I thought "yah, right. It can't be THAT bad. Sure, they say it's like waking up in a river of sweat but how could that be?!" I have learned that people don't make this stuff up!
I think we CAN become addicted to sugar. Once it is so embedded in our system we crave it like a drug. And the problem is, refined sugar is soooo hard to get away from in our society. It's in frickin' EVERYTHING! Peanut butter, for God's sake, one of my favorite foods usually has sugar in it. I can probably count two varieties on our small town grocery shelves that do not have sugar in them. The unsweetened coconut I eat can only be found in the organic small section of one store. Not even in our bulk foods "nature" store.
I am not cured. For crying out loud, it's only been 2 weeks. But, I do know I am not obsessing about it like I used to. The worst for me would be the after meal time. I would so badly want the chocolate or something sweet to finish off my meal. Now number 1, I "can't". Remember, it's not on the "plan". And I do NOT deviate from the plan. And number 2, I don't seem to want it. Sure, I look at pics of desserts and think "that probably would taste good." But, then I can move on. Period.
Recovery is the key word. I'm actually kind of afraid of myself after contest prep is over. Will I regress back to my old ways? I hope not. I feel really good and hope I can find some happy medium. That might be hard. Time will tell. If you have even an inkling that you are a slave to what you eat, you probably are. Really look at what you're eating. Try to get back to basic whole foods. Ones that you prepare and know exactly what they are made of. Do it for 2 weeks. I admit, this takes a lot of planning and preparation. I make everything I can on Sunday or Monday for the entire week and dole it out over time. I realize this is harder with families and children. But I still think it can be done. It's like everything else we do in life. We get better, more efficient and faster (a triathlete never dies!) the more we do something. See how you feel? See what you spend your time thinking about in regard to food. It's been an eye-opener for me!1500>