Diet. Does the word strike terror in your heart? Does it seem to be The Magic Answer to your weight problems? Do you feel that if you could just get the perfect combination and hold your mouth right, your weight issues would be solved?
To answer several questions I’ve received about eating, let me give you the lowdown on what I actually did and continue to do. I know that this is a controversial subject and I’m not the scientific type. Hmm, not an athlete OR a scientist….but I’ve lost 100 pounds and kept it off for a few years so that ought to count for something.
As stated in my eBook, in the first 4 months of T-Tapp I lost about 20 pounds without changing my eating except to add raw almonds. At that point I was in a place to address my eating. I was motivated by the inch loss and newfound energy, plus T-Tapp made me crave healthier foods. I made an effort to eat healthy foods and still do. But I also ate french fries and pizza and ice cream. If it sounded good I ate it. But since I only ate within the boundaries of actual, physical hunger I didn’t eat that much. Three french fries. Two small slices of pizza. Two tablespoons of ice cream. I can hear the gasps and see the horror on your face. But if three french fries and half a hamburger made me full, I wasn’t hungry anymore; therefore I was not starved or deprived. My body knew it had weight to lose and fat to use up, so it signaled fullness sooner. Now that I’m in maintenance, it usually takes more than that to fill me up.
Listen, the thing that bothers me about diets is that they keep us focused on food.
What can I have, what can I NOT have, how much can I have, what will I have for lunch, oh maybe a little more won’t hurt, I’m cheating today, and so on. The whole point is to NOT focus on food. I didn’t realize how much I was thinking about food and planning for food and loving food and using food to meet needs that only God was intended to meet. It was a shocker when my eyes were opened to my life being “all about the food.”
I’ll never forget the first day I decided to eat only when I was hungry and stop when I was full. I tried an experiment. For lunch I scrambled one egg and made one piece of toast. I ate it and felt full. Amazing. Normally I would have routinely fixed two eggs and two pieces of toast and eaten it all without thinking. Often we serve ourselves a “reasonable” amount of food and then proceed to eat it all without paying attention to our body’s sensations. It’s a little disconcerting to eat three bites and feel full. We continue to eat out of fear–what if I get hungry again? What if I can’t get to my food? The truth is, if you get hungry again, You Can Eat. Period. You don’t have to fear hunger. It doesn’t hurt you to be hungry for a while. After a few minutes the feeling goes away anyway and doesn’t come back around for a while.
I don’t get obsessive about what I eat.
Constant food analysis and militant food plans lead to focus on food. Repeat after me–it’s not about the food. As a disclaimer, I do check labels for high-fructose corn sweetener and hydrogenated oils and don’t buy the stuff. But when you’re eating far less quantities, you’re getting far less fat and sugar and carbs and all the other boogie-man stuff.
I had a brief stint with a Christian weight loss program but we parted ways when it led to guilt and judgment for me personally. So it hasn’t been a program or ongoing support group that has kept the weight off. I credit T-Tapp with the ease of both weight loss and maintenance because of all the good things it does for metabolism, digestion and assimilation. Even when hormonal issues caused me to gain 15 pounds last year I didn’t get out of the size 6 because of T-Tapp! When the issues were corrected the weight came back off. Have you ever been to a T-Tapp event with Teresa Tapp? There is plenty of good food and no frozen diet meals.
I hesitate to even share a day of eating because then it’s all about the food again. Someone will think “if I just eat what Charlotte ate” but that’s not the magic pill. I just got back from a meal with my husband at our favorite Mexican restaurant, where I ate chips and salsa and chicken fajitas. But we shared an entree and I don’t like tortillas so I ate chicken and green peppers. I do not eat things I don’t like. I don’t waste my hunger on food that is not delicious. If I take a bite and it’s not good I usually spit it out! I never know when I’m going to get full so I’m picky about what I put in my mouth.
Hopefully you’ve found some food for thought here. Just don’t think about it too much. It’s not about the food.