Sunday, February 24, 2008

Waffles are good. Those babies right there are 2 Kashi waffles with sugar free syrup, ICBINB and 1/4 a banana sliced up.
<---------------3 pts!

This weekend has been a bit crazy. I've had these meals that weren't very easy to calculate and just about every night I didn't eat dinner and then couldn't because of my Lent fast that begins at 7pm. But, hey, perhaps that's a good thing. The weekend was full of good breakfast, pizza and even real COKE! Remember, nothing is off limits, just enjoy in moderation.

I picked up a book from the library. The Beck Diet Solution. Basically a psychologist's take on eating and how to train your brain to eat like a thin person. Good stuff. I'm sort of skimming it, but really enjoying the simple strategies. One thing that stood out to me that I'd normal skip right over, but one of my biggest issues.

"Eat slowly and mindfully"

I cannot tell you how many times I've inhaled a sandwich, piece of pizza, muffin, you name it and before I knew it I was done eating and I was already thinking of the next meal. It's torture for those of us that struggle with true addiction to the feeling of eating. I love eating. I think about food all the time. I love the ritual of preparing food, sitting down to eat it, going out to eat, going over to someone's house to eat, everything food! And I really do myself an injustice by inhaling it and not taking it in slowly. I guess I think of food as my enemy sometimes. I have to conquer it quickly !

But the truth is that food is good. It's nourishing, delicious and fun. It's your friend, not your enemy. Unfortunately, I seldom take the time to taste what I'm eating. And the only reason I eat more is to savor the flavor because I hadn't bothered to notice it the last 20 bites! But I've been aware the last few days of how fulfilling it is to enjoy your food from the first bite. Your dining experience becomes enhanced and you really do feel less inclined to keep eating once you're full. How pivotal is that?

I'm sipping on Lemon Lime LaCriox water. I've never been a fan of sparking water, but I'm branching out and trying to find new items to keep in my frig. Ed and I are sitting on our bed with our respective lap tops watching the Ocsars. I'm really, really bummed Ellen Page did not win Best Actress. Go see Juno, you won't regret it.

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