A post in which my primary audience is myself. *ahem*
Hi, I’m Gwen, and I LOVE food. Really. I’ve heard the “food is just fuel” theory, but I am not an adherent to that. I mean, I realize that it’s fuel, but it’s SO much MORE than just fuel. Or at least it can be. Food can be savored, celebrated, shared, grown, and preserved. It’s smell, taste, texture, and bringer of memories. Food can be a very, very powerful part of life. And just like any powerful gift, we have to work at keeping a healthy perspective and relationship with how we interact with and think about it.
For myself, when I’m focusing in weight loss, I struggle with wanting to treat myself for being good…this reward mentality is something I’m certain that I picked up on in childhood, and have unintentionally passed to my kids. I honestly don’t have a huge problem with the treat mentality, but the ugly underbelly of it is what I have to really be aware of: guilt and punishment for not being “good”.
When I start attaching a moral value to foods, and making them “good” and “bad”, I have noticed that I am more apt to have guilt or pride over how closely I stick to my food rules. This ends up being a really self defeating approach, because when we become our own moral judge, we are SO much more apt to start overlooking the “bad” if we get enough “good” in there.
This interview with Kelly McGonigal on the science of willpower was so eye opening for me. It’s a 25 minute interview, but it’s WELL worth the time to watch.
My take away is this: I’m going to enjoy the foods I choose to eat without guilt (and without pride), and aim to make choices that reflect my goals of sustaining and supporting my health most of the time. This means that my daily “treats” will be in line with my goals, and only the occasional weekend or holiday treats or meals will be off plan.
Last year, I did a THM Q&A post, and I’d love to repeat that. Next Tuesday, I’ll be answering your questions…so bring them on. I’ll pick 5 questions to answer from the comments here and on my Facebook page. Do you have any questions about THM that you’d like me to address?