A national women’s magazine – the kind you can pick up at the grocery store checkout – recently ran a feature on the latest thinking in diets: portion control! No news to us, is it. But there were some interesting statements in there. There were messages like “you can pick and choose your portion, as long as you know what you can have and how much you’re eating. And one big comment on the fact that not even dieticians are able to state the number of calories in a plate of food placed in front of them!
Switching the emphasis from dictating the exact composition of what we should eat [and avoid] during every single day to managing our own choices brought back memories of my first dieting attempts – in high school. The doctor gave me a diet – so much of this, so much of that, and included items that were considered to be edible, but not in my world! Was anyone else instructed to have a glass of milk with vanilla extract before bed? Not only was I never a nighttime snacker, drinking milk with vanilla extract was just NOT acceptable. So I was a failure.
The freedom to choose allows us to eat what we like. Of course, it also increases the personal responsibility. No one is telling us that every Tuesday we eat a scrambled egg for breakfast, and on Wednesday we eat ½ cup cereal with a little yoghurt. We have to decide the what, the when, and the how much, we have to pay attention to ourselves.
There’s that theme again! Being aware.
Overall, I think this new trend of letting us make our own choices gives us the best chance to lose and to maintain that loss. But in depends absolutely on our ability to be our own advocates, our own best friends, and to decide what’s ‘on our program’ and what’s ‘off our program” on our own terms.
No one ever said this would be easy, but then again, is anything worthwhile EVER easy?