Sunday, July 12, 2009

Eating MORE!

I'm having that day of rest I so badly needed, and I am feeling 100% better already! I was in a great deal of pain and having difficulty walking yesterday afternoon, so I took some pain medication, stayed off my feet, and took a good, long soak in the tub with these ginger-and-tangerine bath salts (heavenly, and they work, too). I went to bed early and my daughter, who usually wakes me up well before 6am, actually laid down with me and we slept until 7:30!! I've had an easy day, just doing 2 loads of laundry and the dishes... mostly resting. My knees feel SO much better already. I am planning my bike ride tomorrow! I actually *feel* like doing it now, but knowing my knees, I am pretty sure I'll be better off waiting.

I've had a healthy eating day, too, and I'd like to send out a big *thank you* to Becky aka moonduster over at Skinny Dreaming. If you are in need for some major weight loss inspiration, head over to her blog and take a look at these stunning before-and-afters of her 100 pound weight loss. She's a great lady with 7 children and just a lovely person all around. Anyway, Becky left me a comment that set off a light bulb in my head. You know how I had so much success with calorie counting, right? And also with eating a ton of fruits and veggies from the Farmer's Market, right? But I got sick of the measuring and weighing and counting and logging to the point that I quit. I always think, "should I go back to counting calories again, or should I just try and eat more fruits and vegetables?" It's so tedious to me to measure out every grape, cup of salad, strip of pepper, and mushroom that I get annoyed and stop.

BUT!!!

Becky said... "I try to only consume 1,200 to 1,550 calories a day with one exception - I NEVER count the calories in fruit and vegetables (with a few exceptions like avocado and such). It encourages me to eat more fruit and veg, and it's working for me (109 lbs down so far). So, I can have a giant bowl full of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, melon and strawberries, pour a 100 calorie fat free vanilla yogurt over it all, and I still only count it as 100 calories."

Ding ding ding!! We have a winner! Why didn't I ever think to do this?? It's a great idea. You count all the heavy stuff, the extra stuff... but you get free access to fruits and vegetables. This totally regulates the binge monster, makes sure you don't take in too many empty calories, and pushes you to eat more produce which is *good* for you. Ahhh. Thank you Becky, I am on it already. This, I can do.

So today I've eaten nuts, tea, a waffle, 2 sausages, a lot of watermelon, some spinach and strawberry salad with balsamic vinaigrette and sliced almonds, a banana, a few pretzels and an ounce of cheese. I am so happy I could shriek. But that would scare the kids. So I will just silently revel in my new "freedom" to eat AS MUCH AS I WANT as long as it is stuff my body really needs. Awesome!

I will stick with this through the summer and then if I need to reevaluate, I will. But anything is better than gaining, so if this helps me eat more nutritiously and lose slowly, I am thrilled.

30 comments:

Laine said...

Good for you for figuring out what works!

I agree about the tedium of tracking the cals in veggies. I use sparkpeople and when I make a big veggies stir fry it drives me crazy to have to put in 8 different foods to account for all the veggies, and each one is like 27 calories or something.

(The only reason I do it is because I like to see my fiber intake.)

This sounds like a good plan!

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great plan! Why deprive yourself or obsess over healthy things like vegetables and fruits? Like you, I get very tired of measuring, weighing, counting every single thing, that I end up abandoning it and proceed to gain weight. I decided not to worry about the veggies or fruit and simply concentrate on making sure the other food I eat is measured and it is working beautifully so far. I know that once you are back in the groove, everything will fall into place.

Shelley said...

That is what I've been doing without realizing...I do track my avocado and nut intake, but don't worry about the calories in fruits and veggies - and it's worked great for me. Glad that Becky pointed it out - and I hope it gives you the freedom that I feel doing it!

Thealogian said...

I was struck by that comment too--pretty genius!

Marcia said...

That's a pretty good idea. Somewhat similar to weight watchers, where you count points for fruit but not veggies.

ctina said...

Pure Genius! Tracking is best way to really know what you are consuming... and veggies are so low-cal... great call! I'm psyched for you! This could be the answer you have been looking for!

Also -- want to make a shout out for Sparkpeople, which I love and would marry if it were a man.

Anonymous said...

this is a great idea---but lose the sausages---they should not be a part of even a skinny person's meal! hang in there!

erin said...

That is an amazing idea!! I may have to do that myself.

Larkspur said...

Just utterly cool. I look forward to cheering on your progress!

justjuliebean said...

It would not occur to me to count the calories in fruits and veggies, not that I count calories anyway. I figured if they're free in WW, they're free for me. Plus, the fiber can hinder digestion somewhat, and you likely won't absorb all of those calories. And if you enjoy sausage, by all means eat it in moderation, it may not be health food, but it's not poison.

purple_moonflower123 said...

I think that suggestion is great and is similar to what I've been doing on my plan.

I didn't become overweight by eating too many fruits and vegetables.

South Beach Steve said...

I think the idea sounds great. I am very interested to see the results. Good luck to you!

NewMe said...

Good news!
P.S. Glad that you enjoyed my post!

Coley said...

I think it's a fantastic idea - not counting fruits. I mean, seriously, no one gets fat off of fruit! It's nourishing, it's lovely and all around fantastic. I get so irritated that the weight loss plan I'm on bans some fruit - not all, but some - the deeelish ones! Bah humbug!

I might put them in anyway, because I agree!

spunkysuzi said...

What a great idea :)

Linda said...

One time my Weight Watcher leader said to me, "No one got fat from eating too many fruits and vegetables!" Genius!

I'm very liberal with my fruit (a pineapple = one fruit/ a quarter watermelon = one fruit) and I've been maintaining a 90 pound weight loss for 9 years! The things that matter are the things I can't be trusted with - those I'm very, very meticulous about. But if I didn't have my fruit, which, for me is my dessert, I couldn't live like this!

Carrie said...

I just want to say thank you... as... I have been reading for the past two weeks blog after blog after blog.... and... soemthing struck me and made me decide to create a weightloss blog, I am really scared... and have never done anythign like this before... but as a follower secretly for the past couple weeks, you have inspired me to go on my own weight loss journey.

www.fatterthanever.blogspot.com

thank you,

carrie

Hanlie said...

Bravo! That is a great concept... Sure, you may overeat on fruit and veg initially because it's not "free", but I've always maintained that the more fruit we eat the less cravings we get and you will quickly stabilize. Go for it, Lyn!

Karen said...

I have heard this from a few doctors. Not to worry about the fruits and veggies and to have plenty of them. I think it helps also, eating more of them fills you up and you don't want as much of the other stuff.

moonduster said...

Yay, Lyn! I hope this works as well for you as it has for me!

(And thanks for linking to my blog.)

Anonymous said...

That is a very good idea!! i always tend to eat less fruits because im afraid of exceeding my daily calorie limit and instead tend to 'save' on those calories for dessert or a 'treat'. I guess this will help me get lotsa fruits and veges in and m aybe il even feel so contented that there is no need for dessert!!

Anyways, im thinking of going on the Lemonade mastercleanse as i am 80 pounds overweight.. Is it a good idea? Im only 15 and i wish i have someone to advice me on this.

Lynne said...

What an excellent suggestion! I've been floundering and needing 'something' new to get me excited, keep me focused. I can do this!!! I'll let you know how it goes!!!

rachel421 said...

theres that spirit of adventure!

i've branded it TAD, for tweek, adapt, decide.

trying new approaches is always healthy. if one approach doesnt fit, you can decide to go back to base or try even another angle. ill be watching to see if it fits like a glove!

Jenn said...

I don't track my fruits and veggies, either, unless it's something dense like banana or potato.
I listen to Jillian Michael's podcasts and she said the same thing - she never makes her contestants on the Biggest Loser count their veggies when tracking their meals.
I hope it helps!

Anonymous said...

Somehow I don't think allowing yourself unlimited amounts of fruits and vegetables is regulating the "binge monster" at all. It would seem that it is doing just the opposite. Too much fruit can absolutely make you gain weight. What people need to address is their constant desire for a license to overconsume.

Anonymous said...

The book "Eat to Live" is basically premised on the idea of eating unlimited fruits and veggies and using meats and fats as condiments only.

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

I assure you I did not become morbidly obese bingeing on strawberries and carrots :)

If anything, I definitely need to eat *more* produce, not only for my health and the nutritional benefits, but also to displace the junky foods I crave. I may enjoy eating a large bowl of fruit, but it has never been a binge trigger for me. Binges, for me, have always been about sugar, fat, carbs, refined crap. Not healthy stuff.

And if I were to have an occasional binge on a bowl of salad, so be it. Far better than what I have done to my body over the last 2 decades!

Valerie said...

I don't generally weigh & measure my veggies, I tend to estimate the calories, but I do record them. I'm not sure it makes a difference whether I reduce my calorie target 100 calories a day and skip recording or leave it where it is, and keep recording.

I do record fruit. I have trouble eating *only* 150 calories worth of cherries. If they were unlimited, I'd easily double that. Grapes, same problem. Pineapple, too. I love fruit and would eat too much each day if it was "free".

But that's the beauty of individuality, we each do what works for us!

seattlerunnergirl said...

Lyn, this is a GREAT idea! And with something so healthy like fruits and veggies, I say - try it and keep doing it as long as it works! Way to keep tweaking and finding new ways to stay committed.

Katejavascript:void(0) said...

Not counting the calories in veggies is definitely a great idea but be careful with the fruits. I didn't count my fruit intake and then realized after a while that I was consuming HUGE amounts in an effort to substitute it for worse things. But fruits are loaded with sugar and too much sugar isn't good for you either. I mean, the vitamin C and antioxidants are great, but just make sure you keep it in check as well. I ended up really frustrated with my progress b/c the scale wouldn't budge and then I realized it was b/c I was consuming an excessive amount of calories from fruit.