I’ve been noticing a theme lately. Maybe it’s a direct result of the New Year and everybody making resolutions…not sure. I’ve been seeing tons of posts about “foods that you should NEVER eat” and “bad foods.” I’ve reads that people refuse to eat bacon (insert: chocolate, pizza, etc). The #fitblog chat recently had a discussion about it too. One of the questions was:
You pick salad over pizza because you want to better fuel your body or because you have to avoid health blogger dirty stares?
My answer? I eat both! I choose the pizza AND the salad! Yes, I denied myself pizza and ice cream for the two years it took me to lose 100 pounds, but that was because I didn’t trust myself enough to eat a serving size. I am so glad I resisted them and was successful in my journey. But to completely deny myself the food forever isn’t the solution. At some point I had to learn how to control myself. I had to learn how to eat right, what a serving size was, and when to stop eating. That was all part of the process of losing weight.
Restriction has a time and a place (read this post) but it can’t be maintained forever. Losing weight and keeping it off isn’t about a diet, or severe restriction. It’s about doing what it takes to lose the weight in a healthy way and developing a healthy relationship with food. It took me a long time. Trust me! There are still good days and bad days, but in general I have a healthier relationship with food than I did before.
The answers on Twitter to the above question shocked me. A lot of people responded that they loved pizza but would pick the salad even though they didn’t want it. That made me feel kind of sad. I wouldn’t want to live a life where I simply ate food because I HAD TO or SHOULD eat it, instead of because I liked it. I LOVE vegetables! My dinner plate feels very naked when I don’t have my veggies on it, too. Why can’t we eat one slice of pizza and have a salad (or a veggie that you DO like)?
Just like with the exercise portion–you have to choose what you will LIKE and stick with. Choosing what to eat while trying to lose weight can be a challenge but once you’ve narrowed the list down to some meals that you like, stick with them. It also makes it easier to count your calories/points.
If you’re looking for some exercise inspiration, read this article: I Lost 320 Pounds Riding a Bike.
If you need an App to keep you committed, try this.
QUESTION: Are the foods you eat foods you “Have To” eat? Or do you like them?