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.
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    I can totally relate to this Megan. when I did weight watchers years ago I did the exact same thing. Now that I am doing spark, I have noticed that I can eat a TON of food and still be in calorie range. It is all about making the right choices.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
    4173 days ago
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    Great thinking! I definitely believe that when you tell yourself you can't have it, of course you are going to want it because it's forbidden. I could never do diets for that reason. I can't be restrictive with myself. I had to learn that my body likes the fruits, veggies and whatnot. That they are good tasting and good for me.

    4173 days ago
    I'm not saying the problem was with Weight Watchers or any of the other diets. The problem was with my way of thinking. Instead of getting the healthy lifestyle message in Weight Watchers, I was trying to use the point system and eat all junk. No surprise why it didn't work.
    4173 days ago
  • GINA7249
    weight watchertrs isent a diet it is a life style change. i have succeeded on it. it shows you what the good foods are and tells you to move more. may be you were on a differant weight watchers then i am on. i have have had a great time there. sometimes they remind where u need to be focused on.
    4173 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/16/2010 8:47:54 AM
    Great insights... Seems like you have your focus set right... you will succeed with that kind of thought process! Good luck!
    4173 days ago
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