Friday, 17 October 2008

Problem Areas

No, we’re not talking body parts here. We’re talking food.

My main problem areas are snacking, wanting something sweet after a meal and alcohol. If I have a good breakfast like bacon with scrambled egg or an omelette, for example, then I don’t get hungry until lunchtime and don’t need a mid-morning snack. All fine and dandy.

I find knowing what to have for lunch difficult and sometimes make silly choices. By ‘silly’ I mean I grab something quick which isn’t very healthy or I have something that’s healthy, but I don’t really fancy it and end up leaving some of it. Then I get hungry an hour or so later. If this happens then I fall prey to snacks in the afternoon. I tend to crave a sweet snack at about 4pm with a cup of tea. If I’m being self-righteous then a Medjool date (I keep them in the freezer so they’re nice and chewy) does the trick. I stupidly bought a shed-load of Weightwatchers bars recently, so quite often have one of those even though they’re packed full of nasties! However, carb-wise they’re the same carb count as Atkins bars, but I’m not actively counting carbs, so I don’t know what that’s got to do with anything!

I sometimes struggle with knowing what to have for my evening meal. I invariably cook different things for the others in the family, as they’re all so fussy. Teatime becomes very stressful because I’m cooking so many combinations of foods. If I’m not very careful, I end up either spoiling mine or I get too self-righteous about the whole thing and end up not eating enough. I always fancy something sweet after my evening meal. I used to have a Shape yogurt, but now feel guilty about eating them because a) they’re not particularly low carb b) they contain aspartame and c) I don’t class them as ‘natural’ food. It feels overindulgent to eat Greek yogurt (all that fat!) and I’m not overkeen on low fat natural yogurt. I guess just plain fruit is fine. However, I keep hearing those dedicated low carbers who do Atkins or India Knight’s Idiot-Proof Diet whispering that fruit is full of sugar!

And then the evenings.. ooh, so difficult. Once the children are in bed I start to wind down and what better way than to pour a glass of wine and nibble something nice? No, no, no! A milky decaff coffee before bed is a good alcohol substitute (on a good day!) and a piece of fruit tends to satisfy the need to have something to eat before bedtime (sorry, India, but I find your plan too restrictive!). I keep asking myself whether my snacking habit has to stop or whether healthy snacks are okay. Answers on a postcard, please!


Sally Zigmond said...

It's amazing how guilt-ridden and confused we get over food, thanks to so-called 'experts' and advertising.

I now work on the principle that the less food is messed about with by processing, the better it is for me, so I eat fruit without guilt but don't eat fruit 'products.' like pies or puddings. I buy whole potatoes and east the skins too and don't create those fancy potato dishes that contain cream, cheese, salt and all that stuff.

I eat a lot of veg but no meat and a bit of fish like salmon (although I agonise whether it's famed fish and therefore not only cruel but full of nasties!)

I make my own bread and if I do want to eat cakes and biscuits I'd rather make them myself. (I find all those millions of weird things that go into processed food scary mainly because I haven't a clue what they all are!)

I try and keep things simple but then I'm still overweight. The answer really is to get off my butt, eat the things I like such as butter but less of them!

I hate diets and think they're all pernicious fads and/or quick fixes that in the end make you fatter than ever. The more strict the diet the more it'll fail. Just look at that actress (forgotten her name) from Eastenders who made a DVD and flaunted her weight loss only to end up larger than ever.

Anyway, as long as one's weight hasn't reached unhealthy proportions and you don't live off Big Mac, crisps and pizzas all day every day, then don't agonise over it.

Jo said...

Very sensible advice, as always, Sally! Thank you for your lovely long comment. And you're not particularly overweight at all!