That was interesting. I didn’t realize when I was eating those little 400ish calorie “healthy meals” that it was less than half of what I actually needed to be strong, healthy, happy, and satisfied. It was just enough to be weak, hungry, mean, and tired. I’m amazed she was able to go back to it, even for a few days to illustrate the pitfalls.
I like where she talks about how she’s used to eating what she wants, when she’s hungry, and as much as she needs to be satisfied. Sometimes you want more overall, or something sweet, or extra toast, or lots of fat. Other times you’re not very hungry. It all works out if your body is getting what it needs each day. I was slow to grasp this.
It was telling, that part where she said she couldn’t stop thinking about pizza but couldn’t eat it because it was too many calories. The more I restricted, the more I craved energy-dense, high-reward foods. I felt like a bottomless pit who couldn’t be trusted. I thought I should be fully satisfied with my salad and chia pudding, that there was something wrong with me if I wanted more. Thank you, diet culture.
Speaking of 400ish calorie meals....I often want to pop up on here for an update but I don't have much to say except my mid afternoon snacks are always 400ish calories when I think about it. It's always white bread with butter and/or cheese or crackers with butter and/or cheese. I got into this habit a while ago and it has helped tremendously because I am not longer wanting to eat everything I cook while I cook dinner and I am not super famished at dinner time, like I eat like a normal person would...On another note, my non exercise activity has been almost non existant (to long to explain why) and I have not gained one gram. My appetite is definitly lower and I have to respect that but otherwise it all works great in a context of waiting for hunger. Another thing that surprised me this week is that I have replaced starchy breakfast food with mixed berries in greek yogurt and nuts for my breakfast. Given that I eat whatever I want I would have never thought once in my life that I would chose fruits over cereals or bread for my breakfast. But I am very hot/warm in the morning now (it may be pre-menopause) and I also strength train in the morning so I really crave something refreshing! Who knew? So that's it . I read many of your posts and still love the conversation on here so I thank you for all the great conversations. Cheers :-)
I came across an article with famous quotes from Albert Einstein and as I read them, BAM, this one hit me right between the eyes:
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
So this got me thinking, so many of us feel defeated (and stupid sometimes) after failing at weight loss attempts using someone elses guidelines/rules, that we miss the point of maybe it was just the wrong approach for ME as an individual who is capable of thinking for MYSELF. Diets make me feel like a fish in a forest, when what I really need is to be is a fish in pond, or a bear in a forest.
I know this seems so obvious to those of you here who have figured out this weight loss/happy eating thing already, but for me this was one of those points I probabably heard many times before just phrased differently, but this quote really made me understand it.
I got the notice from Facebook yesterday that Cambridge Analytica got access to my data through a friend's app (forgot what it's called). And I was thinking, Skwigg, you are so smarter than me in quitting social media, lol. Seriously.