No more deprivation
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
This year I chose a word rather than a resolution to guide my new year. My word of the year is "self love" since I decided everything I want to accomplish could be done as an expression of self-love. Last weekend I found out that keeping this word in mind made the difference between joyful healthy eating and feeling deprived.
I went to a quilt retreat in the Texas hill country which is noted for deep-fried or sweet Southern cooking and heavy german / czech food. I brought my rice cooker steamer for the day we needed to cook our own. Instead of munching on the ubiquitous chocolate, candy and cake my friend and I had fresh steamed kale and spinach with brown rice and almonds. It was delicious and satisfying. When the meal servings started, it was easy to pass over the chocolate cake and chocolate chip cookies. They looked like clogged arteries and fat thighs to me! They certainly did not look like anything that would support my body's health. I had a similar reaction to the chicken fried steak served with mashed potatoes and gravy and fried mushrooms. I was really happy with salad and almond butter on whole wheat bread.
I used to fall off "diets" when I felt deprived and wanted to be a "normal" person. My new normal is a new way of life. I want the food I eat to support me and my body. After all I am practicing "self love". I don't want to eat things that are full of unrefined sugar and unhealthy fats. If you don't really want something it is hard to fell deprived by not having it!