Today’s topic was Deprivation. Not the kind of deprivation that involves making whoopie on a trapeze or torturing small animals; rather, the mental part of losing weight. What makes us feel deprived? Why do we automatically crave chocolate the moment someone says “Oh, you shouldn’t eat that”? It’s a delima for sure, the contrariness of the human mind.
We need to allow ourselves to have food treats – there is absolutely nothing wrong with eating a piece of cake on your birthday, or having some icecream in the summer. However, we have to plan for these treats. Save up points or calories and work them into the weekly menu, or commit to the exercise necessary to burn off those extra calories. That’s how I handle my treats. I exercise to earn the points, then indulge in a food treat.
The lovely sandwich above? That was my treat for the week. I ate one just like it (sans onions – blech!) for lunch today, piled high with veggies, banana peppers, turkey, ham and even cheese. It was worth 9 points for a half sandwich. I savored every bite, enjoyed the heck out of it. I also rode my bicycle for an hour, earning 8 points, making this a 1 point sandwich.
There is nothing about eating that we should feel guilty about. Everything is allowed in moderation – and I have to be willing to pay with either exercise or with a weight gain. I’ll take the exercise, thank you.