We have some bad habits. It’s true. Beyond our bad habits, though, lie some disturbing and tortuous habits that have been born out of survival and strange Greek mythology. I’m not sure where some of them came from, but we’re going to talk about these things because they affect us long term and erode our dieting process. We’re also going to talk about how we eat our food, what kind of food we eat, what we put on it and how all of these things can sometimes set us up for:
The Big Binge
Although this sounds like a lot of food, for many of us it usually isn’t. All we need is a jar of peanut butter, a few slices of toast and 2 bananas and we have ourselves a Big Binge. This does not happen regularly and we’re not always sure of what brings it on so diving into this series may help. One thing is for sure, though, we feel like crap right after and we throw out all peanut butter for at least 3 days. Then we go shopping and somehow it miraculously ends up in the cart again. Very strange.
The Endless Cheat Meal
This is the meal that starts on Saturday night and ends some time Monday morning when we feel it’s safe to start dieting again. This isn’t an all out gorge, it’s more like an unstructured hodge podge of “little bit of this, little bit of that” because our oatmeal and egg whites are about as appealing as our mates worn underwear. If left unchecked, it can easily become…
The Behind Closed Doors Scoffing
“Monday” has come and gone and we still do not have full focus but we’re not way off track either. No, we have some restraint but it’s interrupted daily with some kind of cookie, chip, nibble or sneak that no one else sees (so we don’t have to acknowledge or own it). Not only do we conveniently ‘forget’ that we had those nibbles, but we will vehemently deny them to our spouse/boyfriend/mate if they catch us behind the door in the act. Shameful.
The Que Sera Sera Menu
My heart goes out to any woman who has this menu right now. I have a tendency to run into people in various places and inevitably someone will attack me and say, “Could you please just make me a diet? Just tell me what to eat. Don’t make me have to choose. PLEASE!” You know my answer is always, “NO.” But why are they there? Because they are eating ‘whatever will be, will be’ every day of the week. They’ve been eating the same menu since the last solar eclipse and they are ready to take an eyeball out for it. I can’t say this enough, though…giving you a menu will not solve this so you’ll have to keep up with the series. Sorry.
The Militant Madness
Here’s where we all want to be because we think this is nirvana. Tupperware containers stacked in the fridge with just the right amount of food in each ready to go for the next few days. No fuss, no muss. However, we’re not eating it. We’ll “forget” in the fridge and run out to work or we’ll bring it but someone will ask us to go to lunch and we ditch it. We’re eating anything and everything other than our perfectly packed Tupperware. What’s up with that?
As always, before l launch into this series I need to remind you real quick of how I use the term diet. I am not referring to it as something that you go on for a particular amount of time that restricts food, life and all enjoyment of anything worthwhile. Rather, I use it as a verb and it describes the act of you eating clean food but not necessarily in a restrictive, bland sort of tortuous sense. At all times we are ‘dieting’ because, in essence, we are different than the general population that eats whatever they want whenever they want since we choose to eat only unprocessed foods in a ‘small meal all day long’ fashion. This is important for you to remember because when I start harping on (because you know I’m good for a rant albeit mild compared to my old self) the types of foods we eat, you won’t be thinking silly thoughts like “I can’t have that while ‘dieting’” because I’ll come and give you a noogie through the computer.
Meet me here over the next few days while I talk about the crazy neurotransmitters that make us do what we do as well as our own destructive behavior that only exacerbates the issue. We’re not talking about any of the above scenarios for the next few days; those are just manifestations of the real problem. We’re going to focus on taste, texture, smell and so on because they’re the real culprits. Hang tight. Woop woop!:o)