Figuring out how to feed myself
Thursday, December 06, 2018
By this I mean that having started the Weight Watchers Program in conjunction with this site, I'm looking at two different ways to tally food intake.
WW has reduced the amount of logging required, by making many foods zero points. I haven't quite gotten the hang of this yet, particularly since I eat a mostly plant-based diet. So free points for chicken and burger meat doesn't do much for me. I can eat lentils or plain tofu as free points. I tried the lentils, steamed from Trader Joe, and it was okay. What I found is that I wanted as much as it took to satisfy me, and no more. This made me very aware of my hunger, and of whatever emotions, on the other hand, were driving me to eat. Very interesting...
I've been trying to cut down on my snacks. My husband requires a lot of snacks, and I can't match him. I was taking a quarter cup of nuts AND seeded flatbread with nut butter. One or the other, not both. And I can eat extra raw vegetables. I find that eating them with an apple satisfies me.
So, it's been experimentation. One afternoon I went without snacks, and was so hungry when I got home, I ate too much in snacks and lost self control. Then my stomach felt upset. I used to eat this way regularly, and I guess I was used to my stomach feeling upset. I have no desire to do this to myself any longer. So what I have to do is plan out my food intake so that I feel good. I have been a snacker since my twenties, when I had some issues with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). I started adding little protein/carb snacks in to feel better. The habit has stayed with me, but sometimes it gets out of control and I eat too many calories in snacks.
I've been trying the WW vegan recipes. After I made the Red Lentil Chickpea Stew that I blogged about, I then tried Tempeh-Stuffed Peppers and Cauliflower Sweet Potato Bowl with Lentils. These were good, though I had to cook the stuffed peppers over twice as long as was suggested. Next week I have on tap: Poblano and Onion-Stuffed Potatoes and Deep Dish Polenta Pie. Throwing in some easy meals, too.
I see the way my WW member coworkers are reacting to the program. Some have quit already. Some are thriving. One person commented that she is now eating a whole food diet, no processed food. This seemed to baffle the majority of members. I'm trying to get the hang of WW, easing myself in. I'm also working with SparkPeople, because it's become a lifestyle for me.
I log some here, I log some there. I'm not perfect in logging. But I keep reapplying myself to the task. Know what I mean? Perfectionism is the sworn enemy of getting things done, and that's for sure!!