Thursday, April 21, 2011

If it doesn’t matter, don’t eat like it does!

It’s been a whirlwind couple of days but the great thing is that I’ve managed to take time to eat right and exercise despite the hectic schedule. There were a few close calls, when I almost slipped, and there have been a few occasions where I almost justified cheating, but in the end I made good choices.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how strict we should be in our dieting and I think we need to be sure to cut ourselves a little slack on special occasions and extenuating circumstances. I’ve always said that I didn’t get fat from going to parties, enjoying the holidays, or eating too much while on vacation. I got this way by eating most every meal like it was a party. We’d all do well if we guiltlessly enjoyed food on those few occasions when food is part of a special event, so long as we were careful to eat nutritiously every other meal during the week. If there is a party, if your neighbor brings over homemade sweet rolls (Lisa), if you’re on a trip, or its Sunday dinner, I say go ahead and indulge a little, then just swear on your life that you’ll be good the rest of the time. I’ll say it again, I don’t think we got out of shape by enjoying special foods on special occasions; it’s the basic everyday food choices that effect us the most. If the meal matters, eat. If it doesn’t matter, don’t eat like it does!
I’m going to weigh in tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll nail double digit number because I’ve sure earned it, having said that, scales are not always fair, so if I don’t hit it big, I won’t be too worried about it.
I wish you well in your nutritional endeavors and I hope to hear more from you soon. Take care.

1 comment:

  1. Yes! Dave Mosteller was telling me once that he heard that the principle that worked was to make the healthy eating the "norm" and the indulgent eating the "once-in-a-while." I heartily agree with what you are saying.

    I still think that it is good to decide on a permanent change that can be made every six months or so, and I mean permanent. Mine are strange, but they coincide with my addictive tendencies. I quit using white sugar and white flour in my home, I quit Miracle Whip, ketchup, strawberry milk, and chocolate. I don't eat any of those items at all (knowingly, that is). They were all hard, except maybe the Miracle Whip. Chocolate was especially hard, but it was making me sick and I still wanted to overload on it, so I had to do it! Those permanent changes have stuck with me while I have gone on and off with the other healthy/indulgent eating, so at least I am making slow progress over the years. Maybe for someone else, the list would be different. But what it does for me is keep some fundamentals of the lifestyle change intact even when I slip back on the other stuff.

    You are doing great! Keep it up!