While I do believe that my experiences and observations during Food Rehab 2010 are relevant to A Runner’s Delight, I also realize many people come here for information rather than personal triumph, woe, and check in. That said, if you’re curious as to how the past two weeks have been going, you’re welcome to keep reading under the cut. And if you’re not curious, then return tomorrow for some fireside chatting about sports agression.
If You Haven’t Been Reading Runner’s Delight, Here’s What You Missed
After reading and reviewing David Kessler’s The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, I felt empowered to work on my own health pitfall of overeating foods that stimulate rather than appropriately eating foods that satiate. In order to change not just my habits but really my entire approach to food, I analyzed what triggers me to overeat, and came up with a few basic rules to follow in order to get a grip.
And now you’re in the know!
Well first, I’ve been writing down what I eat every day since Food Rehab 2010 began in mid-September, a habit I had fallen out of somewhere between moving to Orange County and moving back to the Bay Area within a 10 month span. I also jot down a brief description of exercise accomplished, mostly for the sake of knowing.
Writing down what you eat is a great way to do a few things:
1. Find patterns in eating issues that may not be aware of
2. Keep you honest as to how many calories are entering your body.
I’ve written down what I eat before – most noteably for the years 2006-2009, which was an interesting experiment in being able to look back on everything I ate over a three year span and see which, if any, meals were memorable.
What I have never done before is analyze how I fall into overeating. So every time I’ve found myself engaging in this behavior, I later write down details about what led up to it and how it happened.
Second, there has been a lot more consideration and mental planning when it comes to food. I’ve been religiously checking restaurant menus before I go out so I know both what my battles are and can decide ahead of time what I’ll be eating. In this fresh-food movement, this can be tricky as menu’s change, but this technique works really well. It takes away the negotiating process that I’m likely to fall into at a restaurant. And when eating out or in, I’ve been trying to follow my set rules. Let’s check those rules out while we’re on that subject:
I think the biggest thing I have learned is that Food Rehab is all a mental game. I am trying to look at all food presented to me as something that will fill me up rather than either “dear god that’s all?” Even when it comes to zucchini, I don’t need to eat three of them in one sitting. Which leads me to another part of Food Rehab, and that is this: it’s not simply about not overeating stimulating foods; it’s also about not overeating satiating foods, too because well…that’s still overeating.
So where does that leave me?
Well, I think I’m off to a good start. It’s been almost three weeks and I’ve done a good job considering my options and at least usually recalling my rules of food engagement. I think I need to continue to be diligent about thinking through my food choices, and about eating toast and popcorn. Those are two foods I really don’t want to axe entirely, though I suppose it might very well come to that. Let’s see, and I need to not purchase cheese that doesn’t already have a plan in motion.
And honestly, I can tell there is a change in my body. Which I think is the best piece of motivation I could have.
*I’m healthy mom, I swear! Sometimes I eat normal people things for dinner!