Trying to lose weight is hard, yo. After years of bad eating habits, how does one change their ways? What approach is the best, taking baby steps or going cold turkey?
In a perfect world, I would be able to eat all the comfort foods and sweets that I desire and they would be healthy and good for me. Maybe it is better to call that a fantasy world, because it Ain’t.Gonna.Happen. Realization is that most of the foods that I have come to love and eat for decades are unhealthy and doing my body more harm than good. Three large doughnuts and a mocha latte for breakfast, burgers and fries for lunch, and a boat load of chips, salsa and cheesy Mexican delights for dinner followed by M&M’s, Red Vines or ice cream for an evening snack is not helping to reduce my rolls or my blood sugar. Sad, but true. Actually, eating these types of foods day in and day out, does get tiring, boring and old, but then I get hungry.
Knowing that I cannot continue eating all of the unhealthy, highly-processed foods that I have conditioned myself towards, I know how and what I would like to eat instead. You probably do too, since I have mentioned it many times already. In case you have missed it, I will list them again. Sorry if it is starting to make your ears bleed.
Don’t want to eat:
- Processed Foods
- Grains – especially wheat
- Sugar and artificial sweeteners
- White potatoes
- Diet Soda (okay, I am going to cry)
Want to eat:
- Whole Foods
- Some Fruit
- Lots of Vegetables
- Lean Protein with every meal
- Healthy Fats
- Lots and lots of water
The foods on the second list are not foods that I am craving right now. I want to eat them because I know they are better for me. I believe in time, I will learn to like these foods more than I desire the processed foods, especially when I start having more energy, lower blood sugar readings and feeling better in general. It will take time though.
The question is, do I gradually give up the bad and ease my way in to the good or do I go all in immediately? Many of you have suggested taking baby steps, making one change at a time until it becomes a habit and then moving on to the next food type. While others think I need to abstain from the unhealthy foods altogether, once and for all. I’m not sure what works best for me. In past attempts, I have had more of the mindset that I need to abstain, that I am not strong enough for moderation. In truth, I am weak at both approaches. Duh, I weighed my all-time high of 391 lbs last Sunday.
My heart tells me that I want to go all in, to quit eating all of the bad stuff cold turkey. This way of thinking carries over in other areas of my life as well. Well, I am speaking to instant gratification. If I want something, I usually don’t like waiting. Yes, I am spoiled that way. I am working on having more patience and am making progress at it. Still, I want to have a healthy lifestyle where I eat foods to nourish my body and not just satisfy my taste buds or emotions. I want to be active instead of the sedentary couch (lazy boy) potato that I am. I want these things NOW. My mind on the other hand, believes this may be unrealistic for me based on past attempts. So what do I do?
I hope you weren’t expecting me to have the answer now, because I don’t. If I were to wade my way into healthy eating versus going cold turkey, which unhealthy habit would I start with first? I need to find my own answers and I am working on it. Maybe my approach should be, as several have suggested, not worrying so much on what I am taking away but concentrating on adding the healthy stuff. Adding more vegetables would be a big step for me. Since leaving the nest so many years ago, there hasn’t been anyone at the dinner table reminding me to eat my vegetables.
While my nature is to be strict, I have failed time and time again. I will continue to look for the solution that works best for me. Until I figure it out, my approach may vary from week to week or day to day. Today and this weekend my goal is to not eat out or carry in. I want to only eat food that the hubs and I prepare at home. This will be a huge challenge for us, as our usual weekends consist of most meals existing of take-out. He’s on board with the plan, so hopefully we will be successful.
Hope you have a great Friday and enjoy the weekend.