I was thinking entirely too much about food today. I could not stop! I found myself plotting and planning in my head about what I was going to make for dinner. You know that kind of thinking, you kind of creatively think about how you can stretch the boundaries. I can rationalize it all away too, if I stay in the “stinkin’ thinkin’ ” frame of mind.
I won’t go through the foods I was thinking about because if any of you are like me, once something is mentioned, it can get stuck in my brain.
So many things can trigger a binge or slip. A food commercial on TV has been known to get me behind the steering wheel in my PJ’s in the late hours and to my favorite drive through. That’s why willpower does not work for me. There are things that should never cross the threshold of my home, and I have cut back drastically looking at recipes on the internet. I wish I did not love to cook. I find it baffling to hear when someone who struggles with their weight does not cook. Not critical, just baffling. I love all things food, cooking, farmers markets, going to the grocery store, watching cooking shows, and eating, of course. I use to say that as a badge of pride. It made me an expert. Yeah, an expert at killing myself slowly.
So these days when I have a day like this, I try to take lemons and make lemonade, sort of. Instead of thinking how I can push my limits, which often leads to a binge. I try to creatively think what healthy food, do I really enjoy.
I have several “go to” meals in that healthy choice file in my head that I really love. Eating healthy should not feel like punishment. My friend Sean, never eats food he does not love. So you won’t see him eating salads, or even things he feels even neutral about. I have sort of adapted that philosophy. One of my go to meals when I feel the urge to eat a large portion, is stir-fry.
In fact I had some left over baked chicken in the fridge, as well as some brown rice, and stir-fry veggies in my freezer. It was quick, filling, and delicious!
So often we can get that craving our of our head by focusing on an alternative. I tend to think black and white. But life is full of grey. Think outside the box. So often there are satisfying options we have not considered.
Have a great weekend everyone!