Monday, September 10, 2012

Where are all the diet recipes? The "Never Get Fat Again Diet"! (revised)


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Aristotle



Where are all the diet recipes?  Let's look at one of the definitions of "diet"....the simple one, the first one....

"The usual food and drink of a person or animal."

And let's stop here.  My own personal diet is how I eat, and how I live.  I'm not "doing" something. I'm not "on" something.  I'm not "acting" a certain way, I've become a certain way.  My usual foods and drinks, my eating habits, follow a certain pattern (I like patterns!).  That's what a habit is, it's a pattern!

"A behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance.""An acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary."

The way I chose my foods and drinks follow a pattern. I was motivated to write about this because I realized that most of the pictures I post on my facebook fan page are either pictures and video of my training, or images food, lots of images of food!  Not recipes, but ingredients for recipes, that's what real food is. Safeway, a major grocery chain here in CA, promotes it's business as the place to buy "ingredients for life".  I like that!  And for me getting to know food, by learning to cook and prepare my own meals using real ingredients, helped to establish the habits, the pattern for health and happiness, and is the key to my permanent weight loss...or should I say, my permanent "never get fat again diet"?

Looking over the photos of foods I've posted on facebook, I notice how the order of foods/nutrients I chose in my everyday meals is reflected.  Lots of vegetables, proteins, fruits and beans/grains.  No desserts.....and that is on purpose.  Do I eat desserts?  Cookies, cakes, candy?  Sure I do, but dessert is easy. Desserts are so easy that lots and lots of people regularly start their day out with a dessert!  Cakes, scones, muffins, even breakfast cereal is dessert.  I don't care to glamorize dessert, I care to glamorize foods are the building blocks of a strong healthy body.  And yes, dessert can be part of a healthy body and a healthy life, they are for me, but dessert does not come first, and certainly not for breakfast!

Become a smaller, healthier person by creating the habits, the patterns of behavior, of choosing good quality foods, and in doing so the action becomes nearly or completely involuntary! You don't have to think about it, it's a given, it's who you are.  Here are some of my habits for my own "never get fat again diet".

I choose vegetables first, and the freshest ingredients I can afford in both time and money (time is valuable too!)
I home cook and prepare my foods and meals regularly (like my training, consistency is key)
No ingredients in my home to bake cookies, cakes or pie crust! (no flour)
Choosing foods and meals I can plan and prepare in advance.
If I don't buy it, I don't eat it!  (this is the one that I practice the most!)

My favorite answer to the question, "how did you lose all that weight" is this one;

"I stopped doing what was making me fat!"


I was in the habit eating and choosing foods that made me fat, and I took responsibility for it.  It was never a mystery to me.  And because I knew exactly why I was fat, and how I got there, I know without a doubt now that I will never be that fat again. I know it, without a doubt, because I am not acting in that way anymore, not even close.  I have no fear because it's impossible for me to be anything else but the new, and much improved, happier, for sure healthier, never fat again self, my habits support it!

Food is not the enemy, what is is your habits that don't support who you want to be.  And don't let anybody tell you that old habits are hard to break because that's bullshit....a future post....

PS....I write this post not in the tone of "look at me and what I did, aren't I special!"  But for you to see that your current condition, if you want to change it, is simply a result of your habits.  It's not a judgement about what you are or who you are inside.  Changing our diets is not rocket science.  We have likes and dislikes when it comes to foods, and trust me, there are enough choices in our world to accommodate our palates and a healthy body weight simultaneously.  Find what those choices are, establish the habits and routine that support you making them regularly and you will become, and create the body, the health, the happiness you know you are deserving of....that's all.

6 comments:

Mahda16 said...

Excellent post. I like the point that we are in control and we can make the decision to eat right, or not. We are responsible for ourselves.

guy said...

A great post, have you Ma'am, ever thought of posting a youtube vid of, you making a fast easy receipe from "The Swing"? I bet that would be a hit. As an aside, how much H20 do you drink in a day aon avg? How important,in your experience, is H20 consumption to fatloss in general?
Thanks again!

Hanneke said...

Very nice and true post. I also like to view food as fuel. If I want to perform well I need the best fuel in the right quantities. Thinking about it that way helps me too.

Tracy Reifkind said...

Mahda,

I like to use the phrase that we are "in charge" instead of "in control"!

On a walk while in Hungary last year I started to obsess about food, and then I asked myself, "who's in charge here?" the answer? Me of course! I'm in charge!

Mark always teases me that I make too much of words, but to me it makes a difference in how I feel when I choose words that make me feel "in charge"! Intentional, and true, while not forcing action.

Tracy Reifkind said...

guy,

Really the biggest obstacle to producing youtube cooking demos is that I don't have an appropriate kitchen! my home kitchen is very small, completely comfortable for me, but it makes good camera angle difficult.

I was asked yesterday if I believed in drinking alot of water, My answer? I believe in drinking "enough" water! Extra water is subjective. Too little should be obvious. Constipation or irregularity is one of the first signs of dehydration. But is water going to "save you" from a nutritional diet not scientifically designed for fatloss? no. If it did I'd be drinking gallons! And so would every body else!

Tracy Reifkind said...

Hanneke,

I'm not a fan of looking at food as fuel. My body tells me what it needs if I listen to how it feels. If I eat too much of any one nutrient in any particular day, no matter what it is...protein, sugar, carbs, fat, I feel it. As athletes, or as people that spend a lot of time "in our bodies" it's easy to be in tune with what we need to perform.

But for the average person it's not so obvious. Food to fuel what? If a person does not train then what's to tell them what their bodies need? Other than living everyday life bombarded with junk foods all day long, most people live disconnected with their physical selves.