As a lap band patient, it may be strange that I am blogging about eating more. That’s right I am making a plan to eat more…OK, now that I have your attention, here’s where I’m coming from.
As a mom, I’ve been working on my son’s eating habits. I realized that telling him what he shouldn’t have doesn’t work. Instead I’ve been encouraging him to have more; more protein, more fruits, more vegetables. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how easy those changes are. Instead of his daily chocolate cheerios with milk, he’s having nitrate-free sausages, and his organic chocolate milk and when I can get him to eat it – melon or baby carrots. We’ve also tweaked his snack at school – chicken tenderloin has replaced the goldfish. I was thrilled to hear that he seems to be happier and more attentive at school. Making changes this way
Like most WLS patients, I’ve spent much of my life dieting. I’ve come to equate dieting with things I CAN’T do, with deprivation. Even though I had my lap band surgery 6 years ago, as I say all the time, I have this tool and I need to work it. I find that I’ve gotten used to the idea that I it’s highly unlikely that I will be obese again. I do however struggle these days with fifteen pounds. I’m told that makes me normal; but it’s so frustrating! Looking for new ideas, I’ve been reading a lot lately about health and nutrition. I’m particularly interested in how what I eat impacts my hormonal balance and satiety – I’ve been treated for hypothyroidism for more than 15 years and have always had metabolic issues. I’ve decided it’s time to tweak my diet. I started to think about all the things I should eliminate, and was getting stressed. Instead I decided to try the approach I’m taking with my son. What should I have more of? Interesting thought! It’s a big change in mindset for me, but one that feels good.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been adding MORE organic foods into my diet. Organic fruits, vegetables, organic greek yogurt, and organic dairy, organic free range chicken and grass fed beef. The reality is I’m consuming a lot less chemicals, hormones and additives, but I’m doing it by substitution, but having more clean food. It’s also a change from my all or nothing mindset.
This approach is a welcome change for me. Having more feels a lot better, than a lifetime of thinking about having less. I think I’ll be talking more about what I need to be doing more of?