“Hey, I’m depraved on account I’m deprived.” Dear Officer Krupke, West Side Story
You’ve decided it’s time. You’ve literally eaten your way through Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s. If that wasn’t enough — you consumed enormous quantities of calories attending all those holiday parties. You are left with a widening waistline, little or no energy, and quite often a dip in your self-esteem.
When you think of the word “diet,” what comes to mind? How about:
- Low fat (or no fat)
- No pasta, no bread, no sweets –NO CARBS
- Limited calories
- No Alcohol
- Salads, salads, salads (OMG, I hate green food)
- Gluten-free foods — What the hell is gluten?
If you can say “Yes” to one or more of the above, you are in deprivation mode. Trust me, that inevitably leads to becoming depraved. An example of this kind of depravity is simple. I do not like coconut. I’m not fond of the aroma, the taste, or the texture of those shavings placed on top of desserts. If I am told I cannot have coconut, I will begin to crave it. In anticipation of expected deprivation, I become depraved!
Like many of you, I’ve tried so many weight loss plans and had little or no success. Maybe I lost some pounds, but stop the diet, and they would miraculously reappear. In surrender, I’d thrown my arms in the air figuring, I’d never win in the diet arena. As I stated in my previous blog post, what finally got my attention was a heart attack. This weight problem was no longer a vague idea of looking better, my life was on the line.
My life is so often serendipitous. It took 2 years to find my primary physician. Incredibly, she is board certified in obesity medicine and has more than a nodding acquaintance with nutrition. She provides seminars for her patients which include professional dietitians, psychologists, and physical therapists. She started me on the path of my weight loss journey. To date, I’ve said goodbye to 35 pounds.
In addition, I’ve taken on-line nutrition courses through edtogo.com. This does not make me an expert, but I’ve found some things that have worked for me — and that may work for you. Perhaps you can share some of your experiences that will help other readers.
There is no “one size fits all” diet out there. Wish there was — bet you do too. However, sharing what’s worked and what hasn’t might give someone else a “leg-up.”
The “Food for Thought” section of my blog will include suggestions, ideas, recipes (if from another source, there will be links to them). I hope you are as excited about this section in my blog, as I. Let me hear from you.