Still Struggling with Food CravingsPosted: May 17, 2011
Saturday, I went to see my nutritionist Anna at Nutritional Weight and Wellness. I set up the appointment after about a month and a half of losing and gaining the same five pounds. I have also been struggling with my cravings (see post). I am a person who needs periodic support and fine tuning of my diet to keep losing weight. I am nearing the end of my weight loss journey, with only 10-15 more pounds to lose. I have grown a bit weary and complacent, thus the relapsing into old habits. It is really hard to keep at this after two years of consistent effort. It is also really hard to keep my meals from getting too boring and same-y. Ahhhh…
So, I met with Anna on Saturday. I left her office rejuvenated. We talked about how my flagging energy for keeping things going could be from boring food choices. I would never have thought this was why I was straying into the land of food relapse, but on reflection it was a big part of it. Also, she told me the gaining and loss pattern was because of my relapsing with the carbs that give me trouble (bread, pasta, pizza, corn chips, oh and, on one occasion, a really giant Hurricane cocktail). I can fool myself, but I can’t fool my metabolism (remember: the body is super smart!). It was great to have someone point these things out. She helped me to be mindful of my choices, and she gave me some great recipes to spice things up food-wise.
As I said, I left her office ready to roll. Ready to lose that last 20 pounds in short order. Ready to take those cravings on! Ah, well… I promptly went to my sister’s house last night and ate cheese, bread with butter, a large plate of delicious pasta, a big pile of hash brown casserole, and a large piece of coconut cream pie. More carbs and sugar than I usually eat in a week. So, was my visit with Anna for naught? Not at all. I know what I need to do now to get back on track, but I am humbled by Sunday’s meal. Humbled that I thought, “I have this all figured out! Onward and upward!” and was proven so wrong yet again. Relapses are teaching me a lot about this complex problem of weight loss.
So, if you hear anyone say, “I have the answer to all of your weight loss problems, and it’s simple, quick, and easy,” my experience says run for the hills.