Saturday, August 14, 2010

Today I am finally losing weight. I started intuitive eating October 2009 when I decided to never diet again. Intuitive eating is the process of letting go of the diet mentality. It teaches you how to go back to the basics of following natural hunger. The process was not easy for me.  I questioned what hunger is I started to ramble all day and became obsessed about hunger. I even used a scale to tell me when I was hungry.  I could not trust myself to make good choices and kept looking for the feeling of hunger.

I used this scale  to tell myself when to cut off eating.  When I realize it could help was when I sat at the table with a copy in front of me.  I fixed my plate and sat down. I started at number 1.  As I ate I went up the scale.  When I got to the number 5 while eating I realized what feeling content was and stopped at that point.   It takes is practice and practice is what I still do.  Sometimes I think, if  I wait till hunger I will be out of control and sometimes I am.  In these instances I drink a little fiber and that usually does the trick to slow me down.  I use Psyllium  Husk which expands in your stomach and helps stop some of those hunger pangs.  328

Woo woo woo

I have been practicing eating when hungry for almost a year. For a while I decided it was not working for me, but I knew I still could not diet any more so I started wondering why didn't this thing work. I did what they told me (intuitive eating), I feel much better, I have more energy so why didn't it work. For a while  I got a little sick, my blood pressure went up after eating everything under the sun. I went back to something I used to do when I lost 50lbs and that was adding fiber to my diet. That made all my unhealthy numbers go back into place. I'm back to my old healthy fat self. But I still wanted to lose the weight. Then I saw Geneen Roth on Oprah a few weeks ago, she said be kind to yourself.  What? I thought, what does that mean, "be kind to yourself". So I sat for a minute and said to myself, look deep, do you really like yourself. I thought who would you like to be more than you? After a long pause, I said, nobody. I really do like how I think, I really do like how kind I am. I really do like how I have raised my children, I have been a very good wife, I feel joy most of the time and I love learning new things. I said to myself, you're not bad looking, just a little fat.  I am who I am and I do like what I see.  Ever since that day, I have been waking up with, please show me more good things in me instead of bad things.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Make better choices about nutrition

I've tried to eat when hungry over and over again. I lost 17lbs since I started this journey. I've learned a lot from eating when hungry. I learned not make food so important. I gave it so much power. I use to think about food all day and on my way home from work I would think what will I have for dinner whether I was hungry or not. I use to come through the door and head straight for the kitchen. I'd cook but by the time the food got ready, I'd be full but would still sit down and eat. When I finished, I would be so tired that all I could do is watch TV and fall asleep. This eating when hungry worked on other things in my life. I realize I can eat every thing that I want but sometimes everything is not good for me. I started to make small changes in nutrition and found that I no longer have high blood pressure and my number for diabetes is 110. I am feeling good these days. I am still trying to lose weight and basically eating what I want but now I make better choices as far as nutrition. The point is to make better choices and feel better.

Make Living healthy a Habit Dr Ro

I love this, practice eating healthy for three weeks to create a habit. I will try this for the next three weeks.