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I LOVE Food....

Thursday, August 12, 2010

So with being on a diet for the first time in years, I am realizing just how much I ate... seriously tipping 2,000 calories a day was not unusual. And the thing is, I love food... really really really love food.

It's not just eating it, not just fatty foods, etc.... but everything about it. I love to cook, I love trying new recipes and even more... I love baking. Whenever I'm stressed, or depressed, or nervous I can bake. There's something about measuring and timing a pan of brownies, icing a cake, or making cookies that just relaxes me and puts everything right in the world.

I also enjoy eating... ok, clearly everyone on here loves eating or they wouldn't be needing to find a healthier lifestyle. But it brings so much joy in little bites. You can remember home by making something my mom made... or at a restaurant you can experience a new culture, or new technique you yourself could never do. And there's more to eating then just intaking food. I love going to restaurants with friends, birthday parties with family, picnics... everything.

Now, I realize I don't have to give it all up... but this first week... it's rough and it's hard to imagine going to a BBQ and being able to not eat a little of this and a lot of that adding up to double what I should be eating. But it is possible... right??? It's possible to live a full life, eat stuff you love (yes in smaller portions), and still be a sexy, thin woman?? I sure hope so... and right now, hope is the only thing I do want to over indulge in!
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    i've been looking for new inexpensive healthy recipes...that both my kids like. It's been tough. But if you like to cook and try new things, i agree you have an advantage. I love to cook, hate the clean up. which makes cooking a healthy meal and no one eating it not even seem worth it some times.

    But you can do it! We all can. Just a little support, knowledge, hope, accountability, and self control.
    3806 days ago
    You have a challenge before you....someone who likes to cook actually might have an advantage over others....trying new recipes, new ingredients and creating something wonderful, full of taste but higher in nutrients than calories....I made a point in this journey to not give up my favorites though during the initial phase I knew it would be dangerous to have some things....when I did have pizza for instance, I had carefully tracked all my foods and knew exactly how much I could have....I wanted the pizza so I skipped the drink I would normally have with it so I could afford it, things like that...then I concentrated on really really tasting my food and savoring the special treat....now, I can't have pizza every week but since it's important to me, I make sure I have it sometimes since forbidden fruit becomes irresistable. I know you can do this....use the nutrition tracker so you learn the "cost" of foods you indulge in....and yes, I still go to a party and come home to track it and find that I made some mistakes but then I have to tell myself it's done, I've learned from it and tomorrow is another day. You can do it!
    3810 days ago
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    I think one problem our society has is associating food with our social events. Why can't we just hang out with our friends or family without food? It's definitely not helping anyone.
    Just remember to keep everything in moderation. If you want to try a little bit of everyone's food at the BBQ, do. But keep the portions small.
    Try making healthy recipes (that actually taste good too!) You can do it! Just take it a day at a time. (It's harder some days than others to be sure!)
    3810 days ago
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