Haha. I just had an *interesting* experience with a “sensible diet”. Or perhaps a more fitting expression would be “experimenting with disciplined eating”.
Here’s some background.
I wanted to know how my attempt at intuitive eating has affected my weight, so I weighed myself a couple of weeks ago. I discovered I weigh 156 lbs, which is basically the same as five months ago when I weighed 154 lbs.
I think that’s actually a good result, because I definitely ate all kinds of fattening foods in the beginning. Then in October and November I had a difficult time with all the stress and recurring migraine attacks, so I wasn’t very focused on healthy eating. I could’ve done much worse.
Nevertheless, the problem was that I was/am really itching to start losing weight, so I decided to start eating in a more disciplined way. So I started tracking my foods with the help of a Finnish service.
Below are a couple of example shots from the service. Te text is in Finnish but you probably get the gist even without translation. The green balls in the middle monitor the quality of the diet: the amount of veggies, the proportion/amount of fats and protein in the diet, treats (i.e. empty calories) and the amount of fiber in the diet etc.
What I actually ate is not so interesting than what followed after I started eating in a disciplined way.
I felt I was constantly thinking about food and obsessing about the healthiness of my diet (mostly the amount of protein in my diet because that tends to be low). I soon felt pretty miserable, even though physically I was feeling ok.
Now for the really interesting stuff: after a couple of days on a sensible diet I started eating more chocolate and candy than I usually eat. The mere thought of eating in a more disciplined way was enough to trigger my cravings for sweets and chocolate.
Unconsciously I must feel that following a sensible diet really means giving up all the good stuff and being deprived for the rest of my life.
So I decided to drop my “sensible diet” and focus on improving my diet in other ways. One problem I’m aware of is that I don’t eat proper meals in the evenings which leads to constant snacking. Time to get rid of that bad habit.
P.S. Have you ever had a similar experience?