So, as I’m sure is the same for a lot of you, I’m still finding my way with food. My weight drops and I’m stoked that I can eat a bit more chocolate whilst lying down in bed, then my weight goes up and I’m frantically looking at healthy eating diets.
A few years ago I tried the Weight Watchers points system without actually being on Weight Watchers. I just guesstimated the amount of points I was eating each day. It helped to know that I couldn’t just keep snacking, and if I was going to have fish and chips for dinner, I needed to compensate with a super healthy and small brunch.
I lost 16 kgs in 18 months without really trying very hard. It was great.
Now I’m gaining again and it’s caused me to think. Why do I find it so tempting to procrastinate when it comes to a healthy diet? Why do I feel the need to think of chocolate and cakes longingly like a treat that I deserve?
Wasn’t it better when I got so used to NOT eating it, that if I did, I enjoyed it and savoured it more. It wasn’t simply a daily sugar fix that I felt entitled to. It was a nice little addition that I couldn’t eat too much of or I’d feel ill.
So I’ve come up with a new thought pattern that might benefit other people who are gaining weight by eating chocolate/fast food.
Short term eating and long term eating.
Short term eating
Short term eating is a quick hedonistic fix that will send your blood sugar and endorphins running. You feel good right before you eat it and while you eat it. But then it’s all gone and all that’s left are some quite profound negative side effects to the body and mind.
– Guilt: I feel greedy
– Regret: I shouldn’t have eaten that
– Low self esteem: I’m going to gain even more weight now and it’s going to be harder to lose
– Willpower is needed: Right I’ll have to go to the gym more times this week and not do this again
These are all extremely negative cycles of thinking. No wonder after a stressful day I would feel entitled to chocolate as my treat. But then the cycle begins again. Also, when the body is used to a particular food fix like chocolate – it will scream to you that it craves it, just in case you weren’t aware! Coming off a daily sugar fix is torturous and will leave you irritable and feeling ill. But it’s worth it.
Now here’s my new way of thinking:
Long term eating
While a short term fix of a fast food meal and chocolate is nice at the time, it sucks in the long term. It’s not paving the way for a happier, thinner you.
Meanwhile long term eating is! Choosing to eat a vege meal over a pie for example is difficult when your mindset is focussed on fixing my craving, diminishing my hunger and getting a well deserved meal. But this mindset looks at the long term, i.e. what you want AFTER you’ve eaten and the food is gone.
– Guilt-free conscious: I’m proud of myself
– No regrets: This is totally sustainable
– Boosted self-esteem: Thinner me here we come! Happier me already here!
– Willpower has been exercised and completed: I said I craved a healthy meal, I made a healthy meal and then I ate a healthy meal. I felt ill at the thought of eating sugar at night so I didn’t. Look at all that willpower!So that’s it. I’m on day 2 of this thought process. I just think the idea of food being immediately part of your body as soon as you consume it is a really important way to decide what you eat and what you don’t.
And I’m allowed a chocolate bar once a week, gives me something to look forward to 🙂
Are you on any kind of diet or ongoing eating plan? What works for you?