Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Confessions of a Junk-Food Junkie

Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space lies our freedom and power
to choose our responses.
In those choices lie our growth and happiness.
~ Steven Covey

I have a confession: I love junk food. Chips... ice cream... fries. The photo above makes me salivate just to look at it!

I know, I know. It's poison for my body. I truly believe that. Yet I continue to crave it. I don't think the cravings will ever really go away. Even at my healthiest, when I was at goal weight and maintaining, I still had to fight the desire to drive through Taco Bell (the thought of which makes my thin husband gag!)

If there were no consequences, what I'd really want is a good book, a comfy chair, a bag of Cheetos on one side and a bowl of M&Ms on the other, and I'd be a happy camper for the rest of my life. But there are consequences: weight gain, high blood pressure, achy joints from sitting too much, etc., etc.

It all comes down to choice. It's about what I want most in life versus what I want most at the moment. And it's so hard to remember that when the junk food calls my name. So I have to stay conscious enough to stop the forward momentum, allowing myself time to think about my choice.

I dropped half a pound this week by staying within my Points, but I ate a lot of junk in those Points. No Taco Bell or M&Ms certainly - but very few green leafies and fruit, either. So that's my goal this week: to get in more fruits, vegetables, good-for-me dairy choices and less low-calorie ice cream and 100 calorie snack packs.

After all, junk food -- in whatever form -- is still junk food.

Until next time...


Megan said...

I hear ya! Its not easy task to stay away from the cheetos and what not, but its a whole nother deal to start eating the veggies and green crap. (note my enthusiasm.) Good luck this week!!!

LawRaw said...

Poison, poison, poison…indeed. We all know it so why do it? I combat similar urges - not the burgers and fries but the M & M's and the chips. SOOOOOOOOO…last week, in an effort to DO SOMETHING about the poison intake, I had a RAW food luncheon at my home and I think it may turn into a quarterly event due to popular demand (from one other participant). Pattie come join us…we had RAW spinach soup, RAW stuffed mushrooms, RAW smoothie, RAW fruit salad and even RAW cookies. Next time we will prepare new RAW dishes. I have my eye on RAW apple pie, RAW lasagna, etc. It is AMAZING how GOOD one feels after eating RAW. Truly a body awareness activity. Invitations on the way. Love always, LAWRAW (Laura)

Felicia said...

I sooooooooo hear ya! Lets face it we didn't(don't) eat junk food because it tastes bad LOL. That and it is SOOOOOOOO easy. No cooking, no cleaning just buy, eat and throw away the wrappers. That is the biggest draw for me. I think that picture you posted looks like heaven. Eating that whole thing would kill me now but that doesn't stop me from wanting it really really bad.

Hope you have a SUPER day!

Katherine said...

I think I told you the book I am reading The Diet Vice book, well it talks about how we got away from eating from fuel and now we eat for pleasure. Well heck yeah we do! Junk food is comfort for me and calms me when I am sad,happy,mad stressed etc. I feel for you and struggle with you and applaud staying on point. My goal over the next few weeks is to stop after dinner eating. NO Snacks. That is where most of my trouble is and I need to nip it in the bud. I wish you luck with adding greens, Steamed veggies with dinner and odd veggies for snacks works for me. Like instead of carrot sticks I like cucumbers, jicama and bell peppers to munch on. They seem more exotic than carrots and celery which (which those two just scream DIET to me) LOL Have a great week. I am praying for all of us.

Holly said...

That's a great goal to have... and one I need to join you in. I'm pretty good with my fruits but need to chow down on more veggies. I have found that I just had to stop buying those 100 cal snacks, otherwise, it's all I would eat. I'll buy ONE package of snacky type things per week and that's it. This week I bought some Dole Parfaits (peaches with pudding or apple/caramel and pudding). At two points each, they are doable and quite yummy. But honestly, I haven't had one in days. Once you ween yourself off the junk, you don't crave it near as much! Best of luck... I know you can do it!


Mary said...

I understand. For me though, when I am eating healthy and was working out and at my best the cravings did go away. It seems though that when I eat junk food I want it more. If I completely ignore it I leave it alone. Anyway! Good luck with everything.

Carleen said...

wow.... words taken righ out of my mouth....

nice to meet you...saw your comments on another blog...Take Care and have a great week

Krissie said...

I deserve more than fast food. I love to cook. I love to eat what I cook. I love to eat things that are pretty. I deserve to give myself those gifts every day. And that's what I'm trying to do.

Keep trying! You'll get there!

Anonymous said...

When I am on track this is the hardest thing for me to do also. But, the weeks when I do get in all those fruits and veggies I lose more weight and feel fuller. Keep up the hard work!