In my opening remarks on my sparkpage, I state I've done every diet from "infinity and beyond".
In the 80's there was one called "Beverly Hills Diet"also known as the "Pineapple Diet"- bought the book did the program. Looking back it was ludicrous. The first two weeks was kinda a detox thing. Nothing but fruit--as much as you wanted, any kind. If you wanted to eat 5 watermelons in a day, it was okay--Tony, if you read this, wanted you to know, I was thinking of this when I read your Watermelon blog. I guess that's why I enjoyed your blog so much.
With the program, after the first 2 weeks, you added limited complex-carbs and eventually lean meats. The program worked, (of course, I wasn't really over-weight at the time, had just got married and was probably the thinnest I had ever been). The mantra that went with the program was "Nothing's leaving the Planet". I hadn't really thought about it until yesterday.
We all have things that we really love. What we must remember is there is never a reason to over-indulge. We should allow ourselves to have the "sinful" things from time to time, but one serving should be the limit. It will all be here tomorrow.
I have always been a great "country cook"...My family begs for my fried chicken and all the works. I swore off the fried chicken after my girls left home, It's probably only about a once a year thing now.
Yesterday, I had a hankering for Salmon cakes and broccoli casserole. My DH needed the TLC(Tammy loving Care), he's been lacking the goods over the past few months. I fixed up the haul with some fresh cukes and tomatoes. The broccoli casserole is rolling in calories, cream of chicken soup, mayo, eggs, sharp cheddar and covered in Ritz crackers. It's the kind of thing, I would normally have no problem inhaling half the pan. It's when I was making my serving that I remembered the mantra. I can make this anytime I want to, I don't have to keep going back for extra servings. I had a normal size serving and didn't oblige myself to any more. It sat in the fridge today, calling my name, but I withstood the urge. Maybe I'll have another serving with lunch tomorrow, and then I'll be good for a while.
Hope this is helpful to someone...one piece of chocolate cake should be enough. It's not leaving the planet, you can have it at another time. We are on a lifestyle change--it's not about deprivation. We have to give ourselves permission to have some of the things we love from time to time--but, with portion control...that makes true success.
Love yourself, be happy, be healthy. Have a fantabulous weekend!