I am a self-confessed yo-yo dieter. I have tried every game out there, some multiple times and none of them of stuck. I have counted points, eaten for my blood type, tried to correct my hormones, cut out gluten, cut out fat, cut out carbs and relied on pre-made foods. It would work for a bit and then something would happen that resulted in a “cheat” day.
“People who eat healthy do this all the time I should be fine.” was the voice in my head…but here is the thing. For those that are honestly addicted to food (extreme emotional eaters) that one cheat day spirals into two cheat days, then a week and then a month and before you know it you have gained back all the weight you have lost plus ten extra pounds so you go console yourself with a super-sized meal at a fast food place, because only the grease and salt can make you feel better.
Before I was going to lose weight I needed to change how I dealt with my emotions. I would always suck up my feelings and put on a brave face…I used food as my coping method…much like a druggie uses drugs or an alcoholic uses alcohol. Once I figured out that I was a lovable person who had good ideas, a sense of humour and value, I could move on to change how I dealt with food. Much of this self-awareness was hard fought, and there are times that I still struggle with expressing myself. Writing is a great way for me to get everything out, my blog is often the result of my thoughts while I walk in the mornings.
One of my “ah-ha” moments was the realization that as a creation of God, we have everything we needs to live well on earth. Part of that is taking part in the bounty of the harvest and what He has given us to steward. My husband and I have a passion for local food (mostly because he grew up on a farm and this is a cause near and dear to his heart). We have gone with a whole food eating program….if God made it, we are good to go. We don’t measure and we eat things that compliment each other in terms of proper digestion. We are into our fourth week and are having tremendous results. I am happy to share more details if you want them, please email me a message.
PS-I love the fact that my husband is doing this with me…the buddy system isn’t just for swimming.