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  1. Short response: Yes!

    Longer response: I agree completely with this on multiple levels. I never understood the detox diets people do and I never understood completely denying a food you love in the name of “diet”. And people wonder why, as soon as they stop the diet, they gain all the weight back? (and this is coming from someone who has had her share of eating issues, as you know) I grew up on fast food and microwaveable meals. My mom never cooked. But, once I finally learned some better eating habits, fast food indeed started tasting gross. I still have a long way to go before I am where I would like to be, as far as eating healthy, but as long as I’m moving in the right direction, I am happy.

    Completely unrelated comment: I am currently typing this on my phone while curled up in the fetal position because I have been sick all night. Pretty sure I got a moderate case of food poisoning when at a friend’s house last night. I don’t think I’m such a lightweight that the three drinks I had would make me throw up all night 😉

  2. I don’t know if we have the same friend, but havi g recently dispensed “cheat day” advice I wanted to clarify. I don’t think of cheat day as a binge day, but a way to keep track of eating treats. I have a reaction to food of “if I don’t eat this now I’ll never be able to have it” which often means saying yes to treats that I don’t even particularly want. Likewise, the idea of being on a diet where things are never allowed doesn’t even make sense, if you eat something junky once you have to start all over again (seems to e the mentality). For me, cheat day is shorthand for “day where I eat some of the things I enjoy but don’t want to have every day). That said, I’m not really a cheat-day-er. On weekends I have one meal per day that I didn’t prepare and they’re probably higher sodium, fat and carb, I might have dessert, etc. I don’t treat it as a reward or special treat, just a way of having something I wouldn’t make at home.

  3. Sara, that’s pretty much the same experience as me. So obviously, I empathise. Feel better!

    Yveva – I actually do get the gist of what you mean. My concern with the free day suggestion is as I outlined – while it might be well intentioned, with the wrong mindset? You do end up with a binge day. So while it could be a very useful tool ONCE someone has acclimated to healthier food thinking, I cannot see it as a good idea until one stops thinking in terms of ‘forbidden fruit’. As I was saying to a friend on G+ – we here went from ordering in junk once a week to -maybe- once a month. But we weaned ourself off over the course of a couple months to where we could do that without getting stressed out about having denied oneself. 🙂 I hope that clarifies intent of statement!

  4. Oh yes, and I’ll add – it probably totally is the same friend, but I didn’t take note of who said what. I just saw the bits said and tried to unjumble it from ‘Hulk smaash!’* into something politer. <__< * - Actually, this is almost never the case anymore, even with this. Hooray for actually being medicated as needed! 😀

  5. I totally agree that you shouldn’t deny yourself only to allow yourself a binge later. Moderation is definitely key! I allow myself something naughty every single day (most of it’s low fat, but it’s still yummy naughty!).

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