March 27, 2012

Three new food goals and Hungry for Change

Yesterday's workout: a lunchtime Bodypump class and an afternoon spin class. I've been trying to rest my ailing foot, although I did sneak in a quick lap around the track just to see how it would feel. No pain, but I decided that today would be another rest-from-running day. That's three days in a row of no running. When you have a training plan that glares at you from its magnetized station on the fridge and another one that gives you the stink eye whenever you open your nightstand drawer, it's hard to skip days. Why the heck did I make so many copies of that darn training plan? I can't turn around without seeing it and remembering what I'm not doing. I just got really nervous after my long run on Saturday that I might screw something major up if I don't chill out a tad, so chill out it is. 

Since I won't have the calorie demands of a sumo wrestler on these rest days, I thought it would be a good time to start focusing on nutrition. I've been eating sweets every five minutes again, so with my last two weeks before the Oak Barrel Half, I'm going off desserts and onto more raw foods. Not all but more. 

For example, I would eat a salad with a little sandwich for lunch. 


The main focus here is that delicious goddess dressing, though the Trader Joe's brand is a little thick for me. It's hard to shake out of the bottle. 

That's a salad and sandwich instead of ten donuts, in case you were wondering what my other options would be. I have a hard time with moderation. If a dessert is in my presence, I have to eat it all, or I will waste too much time thinking about it. How I could divide it up. How the kids might sneak it before I get to eat any more. How it might not taste as delicious if I wait five minutes. It's just easier for me to rule them out as an option. Then I don't waste time thinking about them.

I recruited an accountability partner who added no chips to the no dessert goal. So my goals are:

1. No desserts
2. No chips
3. More raw foods

I think she added no carbs to the goals, but I felt my head spin just thinking about that. How about one less carb per millennium? That sounds like a reasonable goal to me. And originally I wanted to do all raw foods, but that ended almost immediately when I remembered that chocolate milk was not a raw food. Is it a dessert though? Don't answer that, unless you are going to say "no."

It's only for two weeks, so I feel like anything is possible for two weeks. Plus I feel so much better when I'm not eating desserts. My hope is with all these little tweaks to my diet, some permanent changes will take shape. 

My sister just sent me a link to an online premiere of Hungry for Change, a documentary about weight loss and marketing secrets in the diet industry. In essence, they are trying to tell us how to escape the dieting cycle and live a happy, healthy lifestyle. My sister described it as more palatable for the mainstream public than Food, Inc. There's a free online premier until the end of the month. I just had to enter my name and email address to access the movie. After I watch the whole thing, I'll let you know what I think. Warning: it's a no diet coke zone. The trailer I watched blasted diet coke. So put your diet cokes down before you watch. 

Do you consider yourself a dieter? Not really, but I like to set food goals. 

Do you drink diet coke? I used to daily, but I stopped last year with encouragement from my awesome sister. Amazingly, a lot of weird head pains I was having (that I had gotten an MRI for) went away after I stopped. That was enough to convince me to stay off the DC train.

What are your current food goals?

13 comments:

  1. I generally avoid diet cokes but that was mostly due to a taste preference. My sister has a degree in exercise science and she told me years ago that artificial sweeteners promote weight gain so I've tried to stay away from them.

    I'm going to watch Hungry for Change after you recommended it and another blogger posted her thoughts on watching it.

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  2. I did the same thing and it really worked. I wasnt as hard core though. Reg Break and Lunch and dinner. Key was snacks and the lack there of- am snack, fruit, afternoon snack protien bar and if I was dying jerkey or fruit or nuts. No chips or bagged snacks. I just cant be trusted. Totally still had dessert but 100 calories of it. so 2 TJ merignues and a hot chocolate, or a sf pudding and a cappachino, or a yasso frozen greek yogurt bar. 100 calories went further than I gave it credit for. If I say no dessert I feel like I will throttle those who get desserts (like my family). My biggest thing was crap during the day, bag of popchips, 3 tons of pretzles- just stupid carb portion size. So if it isnt part of a regular meal, it can suck it. And I feel better. So if your super awesome plan gets all craycray, theres always my el no extra crapsnack plan. Patent pending.

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    1. Crapsnack -- totally adding that to my vocab. I like your 100 calorie dessert idea. That would be better than a whole box of donuts, wouldn't it!

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  3. I don't diet just try to watch my calorie count for the day, or at least be aware if I am getting a little too excited about stuffing my face. I love Coke Zero cherry with a fiery passion but try to avoid it because I know it is bad for me. I have switched to drinking Crystal Light sometimes instead but have a feeling that it is not great for me either.

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    1. I was drinking Crystal Light Energy (whew, that junk gives you zip) as I got off diet coke, but then I decided to not drink it too. My thinking was that the aspartame was the key in preventing my brain seizures (that wasn't a diagnosis, just what it felt like).

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  4. I just try to eat mostly unprocessed foods - and vegetarian, of course - cause that's our thing. I gave up soda (what I used to call pop, until everyone teased me out of it) a long time ago, and I haven't looked back. I really don't like it anymore - the straight up stuff is too sweet and the diet stuff is too chemical. I think you're wise not to jump into the all raw foods thing this close to a race. Wait until after to see if there are any unwanted side effects from that. :) Have you checked out Thrive by Brendan Brazier? Good book.

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    1. I think that your great eating habits may be why you don't have the intestinal problems that I do during races. Did you guys decide to eat vegetarian for health or other reasons? Just curious. Sometimes I consider it. Thanks for the book recommendation. I will check that out!

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    2. Hey Yo, I guess I should look back at comments I write to see if there are any responses,.... I never do and now I see there are comments back. :)

      My Hubby was vegetarian when I met him seventeen years ago. He had been veg. for a couple of years because of some health issues he had. He found eating veg. helped with that. I followed his lead a year or so later. It was something I had always wanted to try. It was a couple of years before I considered myself truly vegetarian, though. For me, becoming vegetarian was more because I have always been a softie for animals and - now that I have kids - small children. I thought being veg on the outside reflected more of who I was on the inside. Since then I see the health benefits of it as well. Basically, food is fuel, and I think the better you feel about the food you put into your body (whichever way you roll), the better you'll feel.

      Going veg. is easy from an eating standpoint; not so much from a social standpoint. If you want another book title that is a good read and talks about food in general, I would recommend Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma. (It's not as overtly pro veg. as you might think.)

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  5. Those are some tough goals!! Right now we are trying to cut back on Diet Coke -- maybe out completely someday soon. It's going pretty well. Also, I'm pretty good with desserts, but watching the sugar a little more carefully. We've also started eating eggs or oatmeal for breakfast instead of sugar cerealing it.

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    1. The key for me with quitting diet coke was finding a replacement. So I got hardcore into herbal teas. My next step is to stop gorging on sugary foods that aren't even in the dessert category. Some foods are so sneaky!

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  6. I go through diet soda phases. Right now it's at a low point - I drink it rarely. Like maybe once every two weeks. But at on point in my mid-twenties I was drinking nearly a liter every day. And 3 years ago I was drinking about 3 cans a day (since they were 25 cents at work - thankfully they stopped subsidizing it and now it's 50 cents - enough to stop me from buying it in large quantities).

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  7. It's so true, I've always heard "you can pretty much stick with anything for two weeks" Plus from what I've learned in my nutrition classes your taste buds change based on your diet - you'll start to crave those things less and crave whatever you've been eating a lot of in those two weeks! Having a friend doing that with you is a great accountability tool too! So is blogging about it so your readers can keep you in line too ;)

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    1. I've definitely found that in my experience -- the tastebuds changing. Even on day two of no desserts, fruit tastes better, and I start to crave it. With all of the high fructose going on, fruit is never quite sweet enough.

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