I was messaged an interesting question.
“How do you do this? I am eating foods that I hate to eat, and missing out on all the yummy stuff! I don’t get it!”
I barely do it, most days.
Like for lunch today….
Salad with lettuce, chicken breast, fat free ranch, mushroom, cucumber….and a 4oz fillet of fish -dry cooked.
It sucked while I was eating it, honestly wishing that it was a TenderCrisp and Fries from Burger King…. but now that I’m actually done eating, I’m content, I’m not hungry any more….and I am happy!
Usually, when I eat (especially) fast food I’ll have this “UGH WHY” moment and I get really down on myself….REALLY down.
I just have to constantly tell myself that I’m not eating simply for the taste. I’m eating for energy. And I can save a few cals in the process.
My lunch came out to about 300 calories…. if I were to have eaten the TenderCrisp and Fries I would have been looking at 1300 cals and self loathing. Lol.
It’s a compromise. A rough one… but still there….. the good thing is that that feeling will only stick around while your eating….
Dinner tonight….we are having (Landon’s choice) Chicken “Nuggets” and French Fries. I’m going to go with chicken “nuggets” on top of a salad (for some odd reason I am seriously craving salads)…..
Or I could bake the chicken (in shake and bake), and slap it on a bun with some laughing cow cheese and lettuce AND Baked French Fries…and voila…I’m only eating about 500 cals for dinner. Not bad. And have a Faux tendercrisp.
I might want some french fries, but the world isn’t going to end if I don’t get them…. you know?
But the thing is…. just like I told the lady who messaged me….. You don’t HAVE to eat foods you hate.
I hate peas, French Dressing, Bleu Cheese…and I’m not going to eat them. Regardless if you are on a “diet” (FIY I hate that word too) or not… you don’t have to eat stuff you don’t like.
I still eat whatever I want, within reason. (Fast food, not included….)
I love Tacos. I still eat Tacos. Greek yogurt (plain) tastes almost identical to sour cream. Fat free cheese, whole wheat shells, no beans, rice (fills you up)….and veggies.
I love love love pizza! Now a days, I’ll make a thin crust pizza (1/2 cals than thick crust), with sodium free pizza sauce, skim mozzerella and tons of veggies…… 250cals per (large) slice.
There aren’t any foods (except for fast food, but that’s just because it’s unhealthy for even a super in shape person) that is off of my eating list.
I still eat chocolate, I still eat cake (perhaps too much haha), I still eat pudding and potato chips, and brownies dipped in ice cream…… but I eat it in moderation.
And my portion sizes are smaller than what they used to be.
It’s not impossible, it’ll just be rough.
Eventually you will get to the point where “normal” foods don’t even taste good to you anymore.
Like… my Super Loaded Nacho chili cheese fries
Curly fries, nacho cheese, shredded cheese, onion, sour cream, bacon, chili dog sauce….
It was soooooooo good….at least I thought it was.
I figured I would have a lovely little cheat day and eat it (after not having it for about 6 months…..)
Took a bite, and spit it back out.
You’ll learn. It seems impossible, true…. but you’ll get there.
I cant drink regular soda, it’s like syrup now.
I cant eat foods that are deep fried, I feel sluggish and upset stomach afterwards.
You’ll learn… if I did, you will!!!
Just remember that you are eating for energy… simple as that.
There is food that is specifically “fun food” lol….. don’t force yourself not to eat it…. just try to make sure you don’t go overboard.