Scary Words Like Never

Monday, October 26, 2009

I recently listened to an interview with one of the Biggest Loser contestants. The lady had been given the opportunity to go home for a week to practice her new lifestyle. Her family was so excited to have her home they planned a big group dinner at her favorite restaurant. She said that the last time she ate at that restaurant was the day before she reported in to the Biggest Loser contest and that now she couldn't even imagine ever putting that kind of food in her mouth again.

I admire the hard work and dedication that the contestants on Biggest Loser put into their competition. And while it's fun to watch, I'm not sure it's a very good example of how to be healthy in the real world.

For most of us, our day to day lives are too unpredictable to use words like never or always. We don't have the advantage of living in a group home where everyone is focused on the same goal, where a trainer comes to us and a dietician is on call to help us plan meals. In the real world we plan our meals for the day only to find ourselves tied up in a meeting through lunch where the boss decides to order pizza for everyone and work right through the afternoon. Real life brings church pot luck dinners, children's birthday parties, holidays and dates. While we strive not to make our social lives revolve around food the fact is we don't always get to make the plans for our social lives. Sometimes we participate in activities that other people plan.

I can't imagine a food that I think I'll never eat again. I love healthy eating. I enjoy fruits and vegetables and lean protein. I plan my meals around healthy choices. But I also have some really un-healthy favorites like my mother-in-laws macaroni casserole or a peppermint oreo cheesecake I make during the holidays that I have to find a place for in my diet.

I believe in building good habits and have a health foundation for my eating plan. But there is no place for never in my healthy lifestyle.
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    You had me at peppermint oreo cheesecake. With those words, I could die and go to heaven with a big smile upon my face...Can I come for Christmas?????

    hahahaha, I agree totally, it's not realistic to say never. I don't deprive myself of anything. I stay within my limits and plan accordingly. All things in moderation.
    4097 days ago
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    All in moderation. Loved your blog!!!
    4097 days ago
    Amen!! my new way of eating includes indulgences in moderation or it won't work for me. emoticon
    4106 days ago
    That's what 'healthy life style change' means. Not forbidding everything but doing things in moderation. And what was with that gals family to attempt to derail her by taking her out to eat?
    By the way, can you send me the recipe for that peppermint oreo cheesecake? Sounds yummy and the holidays are right around the corner. Thanks.

    4108 days ago
    Jules, I love my crockpot too. It has been a great way to keep us from ordering take out at night. This was a neat tip I learned from SparkPeople. Spark Recipes has a ton of yummy crock pot meals. I love to cook, but when you're day starts at 5:30 and you don't get home till 6:00 it's hard to face meal prep. Having that crock pot bubblying away with supper is a nice welcome home.

    I think it must be psychological for me. But if I start thinking I can never have something then I want it even more. Honey, I agree, for me moderation is the key.
    4108 days ago
    I keep hearing over and over on Spark People that it is the things we do everyday that make the biggest changes. I don't think having a piece of that cheese cake once during the holidays is going to derail your healthy lifestyle.
    My particular problem was thinking I don't have enough time to eat healthy. I am learning to love my crockpot. I can cook a healthy meal in it while it does all the work all day. But drive thru or delivery every night was making my family extremely unhealthy.
    Never and always are usually not possible.
    4108 days ago
    Amen! Moderation is the key to a healthy lifestyle, not completely excluding foods you love.
    4108 days ago
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