Good v. Evil: Focusing on Foods I Should Eat Instead of Those I Shouldn't
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Over the last year I have made a significant change in how I think about food and it is helping my weight loss. I find I'm starting to ask myself, "What does my body need?" instead of focusing on those foods I shouldn't be eating.
In the past I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to get around the limitations of each new diet. My As soon as I was given the list of prohibited foods I began to obsess over those items even if I had happily gone months without eating them prior to the diet. I was driven by cravings and never lost more than 10 pounds on any of these plans.
I never stopped to think about what foods my body needed to be healthy. Instead I focused my efforts on including as many sweets, snacks, and junk food as possible while still following the diet rules. The results were similar to what would happen if I left my three and nine year old in charge of meal planning. I spent my Atkins month eating bacon, butter, steak, and cheese. My time at Weight Watchers was spent trading points from lean proteins and fruits for as many low point desserts as possible. How many two point ice cream sandwiches could I get from my daily points?
No surprise that these diets didn't work and I never felt satisfied with what I was eating, so I could never stick to a particular diet for very long. But that has changed since I came to SparkPeople a year ago. Slowly I began to think about what foods my body needed. I now understand my body needs lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and water every day. It doesn't need processed foods, sugar, soda, or fast food. While I may have some of these "no-no's" now and again, they no longer control my thinking.
When I focus on the positive, what I should eat, I make better choices and I don't feel as if I have to take every opportunity to hoard the junk. It is a healthier way to think about food and my weight loss benefits.