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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!
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    Sara ~ that's a remarkable change in your forward looking outlook ~ i'm so happy for you :) It's like your heart has started to feel what your brain has been telling it and you are feeling enthusiasm at the changes instead of feeling resentful or deprived or rebellious. I struggle with this too, especially these last 3 months over the holidays and the *old favorites* ~ i thought it would be easier, but it's been as hard as it was the year before and my lifetime b4. :::sighs::: you're right, i don't want to die, and these are changes i need to make. I want to enjoy them too :) Anyway, I stumbled across this and thought of you... & i have a joke i thought you'd appreciate given your experience with your knee... here's the video... http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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