I guess I’ve always been a teacher. I’ve taught dog grooming, Sunday School, knitting, spinning, dying, Bible Studies, etc. Even as a nurse, I enjoy ‘precepting’–teaching the new nurses the specifics of neonatal nursing. Pretty much anything that interests me I end up teaching about in one way or another. Some people might say I’m just opinionated, or even, heaven forbid, bossy. My point is, one of my motivating factors in reading others blogs and writing my own blogs is to encourage new ‘dieters’ (wrong word) and let them know the impossible can be done. You can change the way you eat forever, and enjoy those foods and yourself.
I give you pumpkin pie and me as an example. I enjoyed pumpkin pie at the holidays. But really, what I enjoyed was the crust (mostly fat) and the real whipped cream (pure fat) on top. The pumpkin part just had a nice smell and held the two good parts together. So when the first Thanksgiving after I started W.W. rolled around (I had already been going for 10 months) and they suggested making an altered pumpkin pie filling, and just eating that, I just guffawed. Hmmmph…..what’s the point?
The next two years, I thought about how you could use alternate crusts. Toyed with the idea of making little leaf cutouts of pie dough to limit the amount of crust. But I never really acted on any of those ideas. I still didn’t think pumpkin pie filling was ‘worthy.’
Now, this year, someone (Lyn) posted their recipe for ‘Pumpkin Custard.’ To be honest, I think it was the title ‘custard’ that roped me in. But it is really the pumpkin pie filling that was originally suggested way back when. And now I can’t get enough of it! I love it just plain in a cup (okay, with some lite cool whip on top) or if I have enough points, I will sprinkle some of my favorite granola on top. I think about Lynn’s (different Lynn) post about really savoring what you eat, like a baby does (but I don’t spread it all over my plate and my face :)) !)
Anyways, all that to say that it takes time, but you really can change the way you eat and it can be VERY enjoyable! Believe me, I am not deprived when it comes to eating well. In fact, if I am not careful, I could overeat the healthy new foods I eat.
Keep trying new and different foods. Be willing to be a little more open to try things. Some you will like and some you will love. And some you will reject as not being ‘worthy.’ But if I could change the way I eat after 20-plus years of being determined NOT to change my eating habits, I know you can do it. Come on…try it, you’ll like it!