I’ve started to believe the whole Resolutions thing should be done in the late spring.
The impending threat of bathing suit season gives much more incentive to keep fitness/healthy goals than sweater weather and frigid conditions where ‘extra warmth’ can somehow be worked into logic.
I’ve started to evaluate my meals, but I’m using a different method that most people I know.
Calorie counting has long been praised.
There are countless apps and sites that can help people keep track. I know many who have had success with this method, myself included.
Sure, it’s tedious, but it really makes you think. Food journals are great.
But…this method isn’t for me.
I stopped enjoying my food. Instead I obsessed over nutrition math and how many calories were in something. I didn’t savor things, and would feel guilty about choices.
That’s not a way to live–at least not for me.
I began to look at What I was eating, and there was quite a bit of brown foods. Granted, brown foods are Delicious. They’ve been grilled, roasted, seared, or fried. Brown food is (mostly) comfort food…meat and potatoes type stuff. Now, I know what Food Network host Anne Burrell has to say about them, but a plate of brown foods provides no balance.
So instead of looking at numbers, I focused on colors. The more color, the more variety and different nutrients. Plus it’s fun and has a child-like feel to planning.
I feel better when I eat this way. I still count, but mostly it’s how many fruits/veggies I have in a day. When I only worried about the numbers on the label, I would eat low-cal or low-fat, but I doubt many meals were all that nutritious.
I know this is close to Michael Pollan’s stance. I haven’t read his books, but they have been suggested to me many times (and I do plan on reading them eventually.)
If you want to change your eating habits or lifestyle, find what fits You. A change is a process, but if you hate it–it won’t stick.
I still indulge. Far too often than I should, but I’m enjoying it.
What works for you?