The un-diet10/04/2011 at 10:27 pm | Posted in weight loss | 10 Comments
Tags: diet, dieting, healthy eating, weight loss
I love food.
It’s pleasure. Nourishment. Comfort. It brings people together. It’s front and center in our lives all year. Like right now, when the weather turns cool, I get excited thinking about cooking up a big pot of chili or brunswick stew. Football equals buffalo chicken and beer. Thanksgiving and Christmas are no-brainers.
Same goes for the warm months. Summer is all about hamburgers on the grill and Friday night ice-cream runs. Beach vacations are fried shrimp and hushpuppies. And at practically every party I’ve ever been to, everyone always ends up huddled together in the kitchen.
Food is social. And fun. When I was growing up, family dinners were a staple. And I’m determined to keep up that tradition with our girls, no matter how hectic life becomes. I love gathering with my family and friends over a meal. And don’t get me started on pot-lucks. Or Marc’s fresh-caught flounder. Or my mom’s meatballs.
Oookay. Back on track.
The way I love food makes it difficult to diet. I’ve actually never really been on a diet. Never counted calories, fat grams, carbs. I don’t believe in cutting out entire food groups or starving myself. To me, dieting should be about creating healthy habits that are going to stick, and there’s nothing healthy about extreme eating — in any which direction.
I do believe in moderation, and I try to eat healthy every day. I also try to treat myself, especially on special occasions. Or at sporting events, where I absolutely cannot resist a hot dog.
And all bets are off at the state fair in a few weeks.
With the exception of my two pregnancies, I generally make good food choices. Whole-wheat bread and pasta, lean proteins, skim milk, lots of fruits and veggies. But when I start over-indulging regularly (like, ahem, all summer), it’s difficult to stop. My appetite changes, my sweet tooth takes over. So I try to put on the brakes and get my diet back on track.
Like right now.
My goal this week? No sweet tea. I’m also trying really hard to cut back on desserts. But with birthday cupcakes, leftover Ben & Jerry’s in the freezer and homemade banana bread at the StrollerThon, I haven’t done so well on that one yet.
Baby steps, right?
I’m curious. Has a particular diet worked for you? Was it sustainable?