|There's a program problem gamblers can sign up for that|
puts them on the list of "do not serve" in casinos. There
should be something like that for people like me.
I think the worst possible place to be, when one is trying to commit to a cleaner diet, is the military mess. As a guest on another base, I am provided a meal card. With one swipe of the card, I have "complimentary" access to chicken fingers (and if you have read my Mexican Vacation blogs you will know how I feel about chicken fingers), chocolate chip cookies, chineese food, cakes, fries.....you get the idea. So the first day or so I come into the mess for breakfast, lunch, and dinner ,with the goal of eating from the salad bar,...but end up grabbing the odd cookie and french fry while I'm there (and once I have one....there's no going back) I have what you call an "all or none" personality...always have. I cannot be around chicken fingers (if it was possible to put out a restraining order against chicken fingers, I would go to the nearest police station today). So by the last day of work, all hell broke lose and my craving for deep fry won the internal battle between good and evil. I loaded my plate full of chineese food and chased it down with a slab of deep chocolate cake followed by a chocolate milk chaser. Nice. The result? Having to fly all day (and night) with my pants unbuttoned 'cause my muffin top was too much to contain (I know...it isn't pretty, but them's the cold, hard - in this case fleshy - facts).
|Now if something like this was posted near the "all you|
can eat" fry bar, I think I would be turned off...I hope.
Last night I created another fabulous menu plan for the week, but this time I also added one important rule..."If it isn't on the menu, it isn't in my mouth". Therefore, if I'm looking for munchies, I must list healthy options and get the ingredients in before the week begins. If I don't...all hell will break lose...again. I have found roasted yam chips (400 degrees on a baking sheet with a spitzer of canola; flip after 15 min for a total of 30 minutes) is a fabulous choice. I have also gotten into putting 3/4 cups of corn kernels into a brown paper bag and microwaving it...just like microwave popcorn without the crap. I have flavored my water with lemon or cucumber and used more avocado in my recipes as a way to get more natural fats.
In addition, I reacquainted myself with my goals of eating healthy (cleanly) and exercising for strength, cardiovascular fitness, and injury / pain management (not for weight loss). I sat and wrote my thoughts out in a journal this morning and continue to search for new and inventive ways to cook well. Tonite, for example, I'm making a grilled chicken breast (3parts soy sauce; 1part honey marinade) overtop a salad made of kale, swiss chard and spinach, kalmata olives, avacado, grape tomatos, and almond slivers (with a balsalmic/olive oil dressing).
|It is important to find the right motivator for you. Mine is aging well without illness and injury (and holding on to whatever looks I have left....let's face it - pardun the pun).|
I have read a great book on this topic and will have to revisit it again. "Food Matters; A Guide to Concious Eating" is a great read and also includes easy recipes (gathered by a guy who never cooked for himself). If you are looking for some great information coupled with practical application, I highly recommend it. I have included a link and image for your consideration. Mindful eating (not eating on the run) has a huge influence on our digestion and our appreciation for what we put in our mouths. Something to think about.
That's all I have today. Thank you so much for reading and have a great week.