Losing weight and enjoying food
Posted 08 May 2002 - 07:51 AM
I don't know if you'd stop craving it if you simply cut back your intake. I suspect probably not. But you might be less likely to want to polish off a huge tenderloin in a single sitting. You might be more likely to feel the impact of such a meal if you've made meat a small-portion adjunct to meals. I think that craving has more to do with dietary choice than with activity level. My high activity level has had minimal impact on my desire to eat a sandwich with butter (yum!). And I know that when I've fallen off the wagon dietarilly, I go for the same fatty/sweet foods repeatedly. Once I've had them I just want them more.
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Posted 08 May 2002 - 03:02 PM
one final thought, jaybee--walking. do you live in a place where you can take pleasant walks? start walking 30-45 minutes 3-4 times a week--not fast but brisk, steady pace--and you'll see some pounds slip off WITHOUT any dietary changes.
Having just returned from Lunch with other eGulletiers at Peter Lugers, I'm not sure I should be talking about weight control just now, but I live in mid-Manhattan, near Central Park. Ideal territory for walking. Tuesday I decided to take a one hour walk three or four times a week, about as long as it takes me to smoke a double corona seegar. I started this regimine on Tuesday.
Today, I climbed about twenty flights of stairs between four subway lines to get home from Peter Lugers, instead of rolling into a cab. Now I feel virtuous! I did eat in moderation. No butter, one spoonful of LXT's huge ice cream sundae, one onion roll, and (for me) a modest amount of meat and just a couple of frites. Mmmnn, is that steak good. I did get to chew on a bone. arf arf.
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Posted 13 May 2002 - 09:44 AM
i do work out 6 days a week, extended cardio sessions (60 mins 2x/week and 45 mins 2x/week) because that's what i've discovered works for me. and weights--which, like yoga, has helped me appreciate my body. i was born premature, with various birth defects, had open heart surgery at 4; ran a marathon at 25. i try to focus on these and other accomplishments rather than my imperfections. that said, losing weight and being more active should be pursued both to improve your heath AND so you can feel good (not just healthy, but attractive, sexy, whatever).
the one thing that others have mentioned that hasn't worked for me is taking it easy during the week and being free on the weekends. i, too, live in NY and opportunities for eating out are rampant. i try to deal with this in two ways (also goes to the joy i find in cooking): i try to cook yummy, full meals at home (which i usually prefer to going out anyway) incorporating healthy techniques and then i try not to go nuts when i go out. two helpful mantras: this is not my last meal and it's not the best X in the world. and of course, i'm already a lifelong member of the "clean plate club" so i don't need to keep joining up again.
two great sources for healthier cooking techniques: "a new way to cook"--really, really good ideas and cooking light magazine.
Posted 14 May 2002 - 05:42 AM
two helpful mantras: this is not my last meal and it's not the best X in the world.
i, too, am a plate cleaner, and not too long ago in a restaurant on my husband's b-day i LICKED my plate--he nearly beat me senseless but the sauce was SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good
you're so right--the more you enjoy and experience food the easier it becomes to say, this is great, BUT i don't have to make myself silly-sick on it