So I’m eating chocolate. Why? Duh it’s there and it’s yummy! Well Ok here is the thing. I got rained on on the way to work and my hair has frizzed out. You may recall Rosanna Rosanna-Danna! I am cold and I left my jacket at home and the jacket hanging in my office doesn’t go with this outfit and it’s gloomy out and … So I picked up some milk chocolate with hazelnuts. Not a “snack-size”, “family-size”. You know I restarted my healthy lifestyle yesterday. I let the gal at the gym measure me and everything. She was kind enough not to yell out any of the numbers.
This Fat Chick has trouble with the self-control particularly when it comes to junk food. I am very self-indulgent and I reward myself with sweets or crunchy salty food for every conceivable boo boo, emotional slight or even a win! I don’t have one bite ever. If I have one I have it all and then get some more. So I have to ensure I don’t take that first bite.That wait 5 minutes or 15 minutes or whatever thing doesn’t work for me either. After 15 minutes of waiting to see if I really want that chocolate I will be like a rabid dog and the binge that results isn’t pretty.
My Head of Research at Fat Chicks Fitness Havva was kind enough to send this link to an article in the New York Times Magazine from yesterday. The article had a number of concepts I had heard before but also many I had not heard about. The article is fairly long and comprehensive. Enjoy! “…Fourteen years ago the heads of America’s biggest food companies held a secret meeting to discuss the early signs of an obesity epidemic. Did they agree to tackle the public health issue? Not exactly. They decided to profit from it, by making snack foods more addictive. Some industry figures now show a proper sense of shame. But the damage is done..” NY Times Magazine The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food
I think today I will talk about food and some strategies that are working for me. I know you are supposed to journal and I fight that tip every time I hear it. Well! I’m journaling just don’t call it that. I am using My Net Diary on my iPhone. Why does it work for me? Well first and foremost it doesn’t lie to me like much of the packaging at the store. I used to eat cereal, healthy cereal I thought. That was how it was packaged and presented. Put that in my handy dandy program and its telling me good job on the fibre but what’s with all this sugar and salt. Wait for this. The cereal was recommended by my doctor to get me more fibre. Anyway that has been a real help as I can scan barcodes at the store and see how different products compare quickly.
In yesterday’s article about the magic fork Crabby McSlacker commented that “a hint to slow the heck down when eating would probably be helpful too.” To which I thought I’ve read them all and I am not chewing my meat 15 times until it is sawdust in my mouth. Then I couldn’t come up with any other rules for slowing down your eating, so I looked it up on the internet. Turns out, there was a couple ideas that I didn’t reject outright with an imperious sniff and downward pointing thumb.
I eat too fast! It’s a fact. When I was a child it was a race to eat your potatoes and get a second helping before my brothers finished them off. If something tasted horrible like squash (SHUDDERS!) you would start by shoveling as much as you could and choke it back before you tasted it. After that it was long hard struggle to wash the taste out of your mouth and then somehow take another bite. Once we got a dog some of the super time stress was reduced as Blackie the dog could be counted to eat anything.
During our lunch today at my office we had the nutritionist from the fitness club across the street come in and talk to us about our food court habits. All I can say is ouch!! This woman had one hour to give us a condensed synopsis about where we are going wrong nationally as a society, how we can do better and what works with regards to nutrition. It was excellent and exhausting, but I feel inspired. The points that were the most helpful to me personally was the idea that you need to learn to maintain your weight eat what makes you feel good and healthy and stop the roller coaster of feasting and then trying to be perfect. Once you can learn to eat nutritious real food in a way that honours your body consistently for a long period of time then you can try to lose weight. Another idea was that if my great-grandmother would not recognize a food item as food then I shouldn’t eat it. Think about that one! Basically you only shop the outside isles of the grocery store and maybe pick up some brown rice in an inner isle. We got a bunch … Continue reading
Logically I know that I have problems with stress and anxiety. Emotionally? Illogically? Psychotically? Living in stress is a place I know, I understand and I feel comfortable. When I have a deadline buzz going on I am focused and racing and in the moment and producing. I enjoy the adrenaline and testing of my abilities right up until I realize I will not meet the deadline or the project is finished and now what.