Chatting to someone on IG who was complaining that she keeps overeating cake, cookies, ice-cream, chocolate and was mad at herself for not being able to stick to the plan she was on.
The plan she followed allowed certain amounts of all this stuff but time after time she would eat more than what was allowed, get mad at herself for doing it, not reach her weight loss goals, feel down and depressed, vow to stick with it this time and found herself back at square one, mad at herself again for doing it again and again.
Just another quick little recipe that I have featured on Instagram before but haven’t managed to post here.
In the past, if there was ever a choice of cake going around, my preference was always cheesecake. Not sure why, but it just hit the spot. The more I learn about good fats, blood sugar spikes with too much sugar and carbs and the rest of the havoc caused by wheat products (currently reading Wheat Belly by William Davis MD and having mind blown,) I am coming to understand more why my body would choose this high fat treat option. It knows best!
So I was drooling over everyone else’s PB fudge online and I really love any recipe that doesn’t require me to haul out the food processor – I totally have to be in the mood to go that far! Anyway, as you know I love PB, so what could be better than little squares of this loveliness to tantalise your taste buds whenever you get the urge?
Library trawling again, I found this short little paperback called The 5:2 Diet Book which is written by Kate Harrison and not the original diet’s author – Dr Michael Mosley.
It’s basically more of a story of her experience with the diet and snippets from others who are on it, taken from their forum where they discuss ideas and experiences with it all. Quite entertaining.
When I first heard about this diet, I was quick to dismiss it without really knowing anything about it – jump to conclusions much? Smack on the hand. I thought I was a bit more open minded about things these days. Sheesh!
My husband and I were on a road trip to find a field of sunflowers. He is a photographer, so these fun adventures lead us to all kinds of stunning places where I can just sit, enjoy and bask in the beauty of the planet. As we passed a McDonald’s sign he said, “The Golden Arches sign makes me feel sick these days…”
This was an interesting statement as he was once a junk food king, devouring Maccas on the way home from work, pizza for dinner, Hungry Jacks as a legitimate lunch option and downing all matter of soft drinks as part of his normal diet. It didn’t make him overweight but there seemed to be an internal protest going on and slowly over time, it seemed his body couldn’t handle it any more. Call it age, call it just being overloaded with crap for too long, call it whatever you like but the stomach pains, gut pains, feeling nauseous, just generally feeling bad after this type of food led him to eat it less and less often to the point where now he doesn’t eat it at all.
What amazes me about my whole health and weight loss journey is that while I have come along way from the overweight days and have learned so much, the universe never ceases to amaze me further with new discoveries all the time.
Usually these revelations don’t come out of the blue but they build up over time and if I don’t get the message in the early stages where the discomfort is minor, it gets to a major discomfort stage to get my attention. Think pain, hardship, embarrassment, whatever – it just gets worse until you do something about it.
How cool are the crew at Harvest Box? Have you heard of them? Offering a great healthy alternative to junky snack food, they started out delivering boxes of their scrumptious combos of dried fruit and nuts to people, workplaces etc. who wanted an alternative to chocolate bars and chips.
It gained popularity, won many people over and has now morphed to include snack sized versions that you can take anywhere. Awesome!
When I was in my overweight days, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were one of my psycho foods that made me eat until I was sick or finished the whole packet whichever was first. Oi vey!
There was something about the combination of PB and Chocolate that just had me all a twitter. It was the flavour I used to pick too at Baskin Robbins ice-cream place too, when I used to eat that; however one little scoop of all that richness and I already felt sick, so I didn’t need to eat lots of that. Ha ha.
Luckily though I worked out that the key problem ingredient causing all of my out of control eating was sugar. Once you take that out of the mix and replace it with something less ‘psycho inducing’, you can still enjoy all the chocolatey, buttery goodness and stop at one or two. Hooray for health food! I love it.
I was reading an article recently (link down below if you are interested), which spoke about eating disorders and the psychological aspect of binging in terms of the emotional reasons people pick up that block of chocolate and eat the whole thing.
In all the examples they gave of the type of food people were pigging out on, it was junk food. McDonalds, KFC, commercial chocolate, cakes, biscuits, and ice cream were some examples. Never once do you hear the story… and she was so upset she ate five bowls of salad and a whole watermelon.