Posts Tagged ‘choices’
Does eating a healthier food choice like green beans to excess still equate to overeating? Short answer? Yes. And trust me—as someone who once weighed over 450 pounds (and who took off over 250 pounds of excess weight and has kept it off for almost two decades), I should know.
This might seem like a question that didn’t need to be asked in the first place. But I recently saw a segment on a national morning show, during which they spoke to a celebrity who had just “joined” a national weight loss company. No need to mention any names. But said celebrity (AKA endorser) was going on and on about how edamame was a “free food” on the program and thus she could eat as much edamame as she wanted while still on the diet.
In my opinion, this is a potentially harmful theory when it comes to making healthier eating and lifestyle choices—and one of the reasons that so-called “diets” sometimes do not serve us as well as some of these for-profit weight loss companies would lead us to believe they do.
I know what it’s like to binge eat. I used to do it because I was depressed. I used to do it because I was happy. I used to do it simply because I liked a certain food and hadn’t yet comprehended the concept that I could have the food in a healthy portion and then have it again sometime in the future. This was mainly because I’d been taught the “on/off” diet mentality from a very early age. Favorite foods became forbidden fruit (so to speak) and I would eat them in huge amounts, thinking I would/could never have them again when on a healthier eating program.
After years of starting and then cheating on diets, I eventually realized that the issue of my constantly gaining more and more weight had nothing to do with my stomach (a place so many focus on when fighting the battle of the bulge) but, instead, had everything to do with my head (meaning my thinking). After coming to this conclusion, I set out to learn about why I was using food as an emotional crutch. At the same time, I was becoming aware that whenever I started a diet, I would focus on what I was giving up, instead of focusing on what I was gaining (no pun intended).
But even after successfully taking off the excess weight (without giving up certain food groups, without fad dieting, without pills and without surgery), I realized I was still bingeing at times. Sure, I was eating steamed green beans to excess rather than cartons (yes, plural) of ice cream. But I was still binge eating to the point of discomfort.
I soon realized that although the foods had changed, the behavior had not. There is a healthy portion of green beans to eat just as there is a healthy portion of ice cream to eat. And exceeding these portions only works to reinforce old habits that don’t necessarily serve us.
Eating to excess, no matter what the food choices, is still eating to excess. We’re left feeling uncomfortable, bloated and perhaps even feeling some shame about actions.
I have not kept the 250 pounds of excess weight off by eating unconsciously. I think about what I’m eating daily. I still use measuring cups and measuring spoons. Why? Because feeling good is worth any “hassle” that meal prep (and proper portion control) requires. Does this mean I never overeat? Of course, not. I’m human. I still enjoy dining out and will sometimes clear my plate in a restaurant (although sometimes I choose not to).
No matter if it’s food prepared at a restaurant or in a private kitchen, there is no such thing as a “free food.” Overeating is overeating. And binge behavior is still binge behavior. And these are actions that anyone wanting to lose excess weight and/or make healthier eating choices might want to examine. (And for the record, edamame can often be salty, which brings up an entirely different reason as to why it—or anything else—is not a “free food.”)
Clean Eating is more than just a trendy catch-phrase. In fact, it’s something we can all benefit from whether or not we’re trying to lose weight. And the tenants for clean eating are easier than you might think — but certainly this helpful infographic from Skinny Mom helps break down the Do’s and Don’t’s in an easier-to-understand way.
Keep in mind, you need to adapt these tips to your own body and your individual lifestyle. For example, I find that eating 3 meals a day (with a healthy snack or two when needed) works much better for me than eating 6 smaller meals (as the infographic recommends).
The road to a healthier and happier you is an individual one. You want to make healthy choices that serve your needs. This might mean visiting your doctor and discussing your goals. But certainly clean eating can factor into anyone’s health regimen (no matter what their goals) and provide lots of benefits — not to mention surprising amounts of flavor. (Since switching to farmers markets for most of my produce, I find vegetables and fruits bought at traditional grocery stores to be pretty tasteless).
Yes, buying fresher, more organic (clean!) produce and food products can be a little pricier. But as my own personal physician recently pointed out to me, the cost savings benefits in terms of overall health far exceed the costs of clean eating. To find a farmers market in your area, click here.
Photo Source: Skinny Mom
Looking to give your food intake a reboot? If so, begin working some of these nourishing food choices into your weekly food repertoire. The foods featured in the infographic below offers choices that will help add magnesium (which supports healthy digestion and strong muscles), antioxidants (which help reduce inflammation and damaging free radicals), and alkaline formers (which aid in balancing acidic foods including refined carbs, dairy and meats in order to support healthy digestion along with a healthy immune system). Check it out:
Photo Source: Rebel Dietitian
Does it seem that, like me, you think about the struggle with dieting, losing weight and keeping it off 24 hours a day? And do you think about the emotional ups and downs that always follow living on the same diet “roller coaster?” Usually adding to all this “diet angst” is the frustration of “cheating” on your diet, the constant tinge of hunger that goes along with starvation, and the realization that it’s just too easy to put all the weight you might lose after a diet right back on again.
The great news is that all of this can come to an end when we finally learn how to change our habits, behaviors and the overall relationship we have with food. Fact is, losing weight doesn’t have to be a struggle, it doesn’t have to be difficult, and your body doesn’t need to make it a challenge—and guess what? I’d like to invite you to a free summit event that will show you exactly how you can put all this life changing stuff into practice.
I wanted to share this news for a long time, but had to keep things “under wraps” until everything was official… Finally I can finally let the cat out of the bag! Or the celery stick out of the fridge, as it were!
A brand new digital summit being offered by my amazing colleague Lisa Goldberg (someone who is really making a difference in the battle of the bulge and how we approach the concept of eating healthier and making sure we get enough nutrition) will feature 21 nutritionists, doctors, authors, psychologists, coaches, therapists and other transformational experts all–gathered for 11 straight days to give you the inside scoop on their techniques, tools, trade secrets, and much more! (And yes, one of these experts is yours truly! And you all know how much I love to talk and share!)
This Right Mind, Right Weight Summit isn’t just another “diet discussion” that will tell you about what you can or can’t eat or how much you have to exercise to see results. This event is focused on changing your perspective on healthy eating and why your thoughts, habits, and relationship with food are really the reasons you always re-gain the weight you lose and keeps you feeling stuck. You’ll discover that losing weight doesn’t have to be difficult because you don’t need to “diet.”
To participate for free, all you have to do is register for the summit and create the habits, behaviors, and beliefs about food that result in natural choices. And because I’m one of the guest panelists for this event, I get to invite whoever I want to attend the event 100% free of charge. And, of course, this means you (as well as whomever else you would like to invite as well).
Remember, this incredible online event is 100% free for you and whomever else you’d like to invite. Hope to “see” you there.
Photo Source: Everyday Health