Sunday, February 23, 2014
I have definitely been hit with Spring Fever. Snow is forecast and it is cold. I am walking around looking at the swim suits and shorts that the fashion world presents..regardless of the weather. I purchased two lovely cotton print shirts. Now the question is will I wear them over my merino wool sweater? LOL.
When I was seriously overcoming my addiction to food and binge eating, I would often use this tool. " I will not eat that food now. I will eat it when I reach goal weight." This was a helpful tool in the initial stages of dealing with cravings.
However, as I reached this goal weight, this tool has taken an interesting twist. In the year that I lost weight and in these two plus years of maintenance, I have developed new eating habits. I have returned to some of these foods I craved..but in healthier ways such as low sugar high fiber waffles or greek yogurt instead of ice cream.
However, with 90 percent of the foods that I craved, I will not add them back into my eating plan. The reason is that they are unhealthy for me.
Seibold from www.fatloser.com (Thanks, Watermellon) made an interesting study. He found that overweight, obese people when choosing what food to eat, all had the same thought.
The thought was, "What will taste the best?" However, thin people differed. Their thoughts were consistently, " What is the healthiest food I can eat?" Seibold encourages people to develop this thought as a habit.
I am now in 2 years and 5 months of maintenance. I am happy and staying in my range. Adding the Spark tracker has added energy and movement to my life.
Happy Spring Spark Friends..whenever it arrives!
Friday, December 27, 2013
In the At Goal and Transitioning to Maintenance team, on the Healthy Holiday Pop In blogs,
4A-Healthy-BMI posted a link to Dr. Berekeley's blog on the holidays.
DECEMBER 11, 2013
Falling Off The Various Wagons: A Holiday Peril
by Barbara Berkeley, MD
As the author of Refuse to Regain, she explores the Holiday Perils. Here is the link.
In Food Cravings, Sugar Trumps Fat - NYTimes ... - Refuse To Regain
I like her beginning:
"Some years ago I wrote about the fact that weight maintainers have to live on a sort-of island. While everyone around them is splashing in a sea of fat, sugar and chocolate (and a great many are drowning in it), those who live by their own eating rules are up on dry land watching the proceedings in a state of relative isolation. It can be downright lonely on the island. "
At times I do feel like there is a sea of consumption during the holidays.
She comments that the most successful maintainers follow their healthy eating rules 365 days of the year. However, this does mean excluding all modern eating. Ie holiday indulgence.
" What it does mean however, is that you must clearly, CLEARLY know which foods you have to completely avoid in order to prevent relapse. You must also know exactly how much and what types of foods will preserve your current weight and you must have a plan for small gains that you are willing to institute right away when the scale climbs up. Does this sound like "defensive eating?" I think the plan for immediate gain is important and like the concept of defensive eating.
During the holidays,she recommends to simply do the same thing over the holidays that you do the rest of the year. This seems difficult at first, but many successful maintainers employ this strategy and have found that it gets easier as time goes by.
Here is what she tells her patients:
"Here's what I say to my patients during the holidays.
Remember that eating in a way that protects and defends your weight and body, keeping yourself strong through exercise, sleeping 7-8 hours a night, and taking time to relax and de-stress are all part of the most important gift you can give yourself this season. For every year that you get through the holidays having given yourself this gift, you add more holidays to your life, more opportunities to live without pills, dementia, and excess risk."
I am attempting to eat as closely as possible to my normal way of eating during the holidays with a few indulgences. So far it is working!
Happy Holidays to Spark People.
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