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 checking through some instagram posts on what people are up to with their own approaches to losing weight and a person posted a question…
“do you weigh yourself every day?”
The owner of that account went on to say how they do weigh in every day; another one said ‘yes it keeps me on track.’ And my head was screaming – “no way! Keeps you on track for what? Total obsession about how much you weigh and how much you haven’t lost today?”
If a healthy weight loss is to lose 500g (1lb) per week (that is if this is permanent weight loss that you won’t put on again in a flash) then for 6 days out of the 7 what are you looking at? ‘No haven’t lost it yet. No haven’t lost it yet….’
I had told dear friend Maryanne about the progress of my book and she listened intently like the loyal and beautiful friend that she is. She has heard about this book and the way I eat for about two years now, so perhaps it is sounding more like blah, blah, blah to her now.
Anyway, so we moved on to her news and she proceeded to tell me about a naturopath she was chatting to who told her about these weight loss drops to suppress your hunger and the diet you eat of only 500 calories.
I stopped in my tracks and my jaw dropped open. I involuntarily started shaking my head and blurted out, “Nooooooo!”
I read others articles, blog posts, facebook and instagram posts on weight loss and health because obviously it interests me yet it alarms me to read that people are still doing more of the same rubbish that I was up to 20 years ago trying to lose weight.
One particularly horrifying tale was a water detox for 20 days! Really?
The writer was adamant that fasting was beneficial and I’m sure I’ve also read something along those lines too however this type of extreme fast should be highly controlled – think resting and taking naps, definitely not trying to live your normal life at the same time or exercising as it’s pretty dangerous – think passing out when you are trying to drive to work, and organs shutting down from lack of nutrients – and the worst part was that she wasn’t doing it this for health benefits, it was for weight loss.
No way people!
This got me thinking about the whole yo-yo thing and why it seems like we go on a cycle of ‘on the wagon’ and ‘off the wagon’ and having to ‘start again on Monday’ over and over again.
I was reading an article on another blog, something about lasers stopping you eating, a very strange article – anyway it touched on overeating and encouraging people to seek help for something called a Binge Eating Disorder. Now I know there are some people caught up in serious issues with food and eating and sometimes it relates to emotional eating, boredom, self esteem issues and a whole host of other stuff of which I know nothing about, so I am not even going to attempt to write about something of which I have no knowledge.
However in my past experience with weight loss and food, I was an over eater; from having two or three pieces of toast rather than one, always seconds of food and dessert even if I was full, right through to sneaking the second and third donut and eating the whole packet of biscuits, feeling over full and sick and promising myself that I would be ‘good’ starting Monday. Whatever that meant. Continue reading →