Don’t Control your Food


 

I’ve had a few months off, both from blogging and work.  I will get back to why I was off but first I want to talk about this…Don’t Control your Food.

It seems that “Food” is a subject of interest in all conversations I’m hearing these days. Do food choices consumes a lot of your time?  Do you worry about what to eat and whether you should eat it in the first place?

Do you hesitate in eating when it means losing or gaining weight, staying healthy and cancer free, not having allergies?  Trying to resist that bag of potato chips on the weekend or the cake for a co-worker’s birthday at work.

Do you know the KISS Principle?

KISS is an acronym for “Keep it simple, stupid” as a design principle noted by the U.S. Navy in 1960. The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore simplicity should be a key goal in design and unnecessary complexity should be avoided.

The amount of time and energy you are spending worrying about what to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner will make you absolutely sick!!!

Food always had a grip on ME…from emotional eating all the way to yo-yo dieting and back.  Nowadays I don’t control my food.

Let me explain :))

I have battled with food choices for decades and honestly I have lost the fight time and time again.  I was a slave to binge eating or at the other extreme, starving myself.

I found a system that works for me and I want to share it with you.  Some have put labels on this Paleo, Keto etc.. I just call it common sense.

Start by taking ownership of your food choices.  You would not blindly walk into a wall but yet with food we kind of walk in walls over and over again.  Without the least bit of thought we put things in our mouth that are not good for us.  We are controlled by taste, odor and even appearance of food rather than guided by hunger.

I made the decision last year that it was not about the weight anymore but rather about quality living.

With the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, I became aware that seven food categories are identified as triggers ( Sugar, Gluten, Aspartame, MSG, Dairy, Soy and Coffee.

To date I have removed 5 of those triggers.  I am still drinking coffee however now simply black with no cream, milk or sugar and I do eat the occasional edamame.

I was so overwhelmed by the things I had to give up, the list was endless, when I first got diagnosed I went through the PMS Phase – Poor Me Syndrome Phase.

I quickly realized there was truth to these trigger foods, when I didn’t eat them I had no pain, no inflammation and my energy returned so instead I opted to look at what I could eat (Fresh Foods) nothing in a box, can, nothing frozen, no preservatives and no substitutes.  In essence I turned a negative (can’t eat tons of food choices) to a positive (I can eat this).

I eat Meat, Fish, Vegetables, Eggs, Fruits, Nuts and Seeds. I have not shopped at a grocery store in months. I buy from a local meat shop and fruit store.  I gave up all sauces, condiments, sodas etc…I don’t worry about portions, if I am hungry I eat.

Once a month I have a cheat day.  I tried having it every 2 weeks but it did more harm than good.  I think once a month is plenty.  For one day I can go buck wild but surprisingly as time goes by I have less and less desire to eat any junk.

If you look at a smoker in disgust and think to yourself that person is a slave to a cancer stick, I hate to tell you but if you can’t give up these processed foods, you are a slave to it too and it is cancer laced, processed, by products you can do without.  You are technically addicted to Sugar, Carbs, Dairy etc… Believe me, when you give these things up you will feel withdrawals, headaches and even break out with acne.

Now back to my time off this summer.  I broke my wrist back at the beginning of July after falling on a hardwood floor off a stool while cleaning during my vacation.  It was an extremely traumatic experience that left both my ribs and my ego bruised along with a nice new pin in my arm.

The break in my arm did give me the opportunity to build a routine with both nutrition and exercise, since I was going absolutely stir crazy at home I just walked everywhere with my arm in a sling.

Since January I have lost 25lbs and I am managing the Fibro pain without any form of medication whatsoever.  I can absolutely say that this is a great way to live healthy.  I never would have thought that I would get freedom from binge eating or craving snacks.

If you choose to do nothing:

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Don’t Control your Food, Control YOU.

YOU can do it.