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 four weeks have been going, you’re welcome to keep reading under the cut. And if you’re not curious, then…don’t.
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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.
At my last check-in, I was still struggling with keeping away from toast with butter, cheese, and keeping my head in the game.
And now you’re in the know!
Okay, so I’ve been attempting to be a “satiate not stimulate” like a fiend; this means I’ve been searching for foods that fill me up rather than simply make me more hungry, or foods that will leave me hungry in the foreseeable future (as opposed to two to four hours of being filled). I’m not always sure what those foods are though, so I’ve been experimenting!
There’s been an influx of almonds, granola, trail mix, eggs, and olives. Not all at the same time – lordy, even I’m not that strange. I am also attempting to adhere to a schedule for food during the work week that involves coffee, fruit, and later in the day, a veggie of some sort (I tend to not eat much at work, partly because I have met me and know I would eat all day if I could, and partly because I tend to be way less productive in my writing when I am anything close to full).
One thing I like about eating veggies at work is I can snack on them for long periods of time without any remorse, and when cut thinly, they last forever. Shredded carrots, peas, cut corn, lettuce and bean sprouts have all made appearances (I’m sure my neighbor in the cubicle thinks I’m bonkers) and I’m pretty happy about it. I am thinking I should incorporate a Cliff Bar into this plan, or a spoonful of peanut butter. The problem becomes that when I go home, I want to work out, and I don’t always have enough energy to do so without eating.
As for the no list…
Well, I kind of suck at not eating bread and butter. I go through phases of loving toast. And it’s funny…I can resist just plain bread and butter. But toast? Oh holy night, I love it. We’ve been doing Sunday brunch for a few weeks with some friends, and I have realized my best option is just to ask for no toast.
I have eaten pizza twice since my last update, but both times I did so smartly – one slice. And one of those times, I had it without cheese. Not going to lie, that was hard, and I think I should continue to stay away from that.
Speaking of cheese…I have done better about not getting my cheese on. Not awesomely, but better. Like, I had a wedge of sharp cheddar in the fridge for over a week. That’s got to be a record of some kind.
As for French fries, I continue to be able to say no! Which honestly is impressive. To me. Now that it’s been awhile, I don’t miss them much, but that doesn’t make it easy when everyone else on the soccer team gets them and I’m eating a fruit and cheese plate (oh see, more cheese!).
Okay, so for the next few weeks:
I’d like to be a little less desserty (only indulged a few times, but still) and keep reminding myself to see food as filling rather than as tasty. I’d also like to eat some protein at work. And I’d like to keep up my continued ability to request that restaurants leave off certain ingredients without shame.
Ha, I feel like that was a bit of a prayer. Can I get an Amen?