Day 47 of 70, Wk 7 mental health challenge

Monday, July 25, 2016

This week's ITC of the Summer BLC challenged us Losers to reflect on ways to reduce and/or cope with the stress of dieting. We were given a link to a SP article to give ourselves a "reality checkup" and make sure that we were not adding undue stress to the dieting by having unrealistic expectations, being too strict, causing anxiety with deprivation and so on.

My favourite quote from the article is '' ... successful weight loss is very much a holistic phenomenon, dependent on harmonious functioning of body, mind, and spirit.''

It is easy to forget that, and to focus only on the foods we eat (or don't eat) and how much exercise we are getting. I'm not sure how many people track other health indicators like sleep, mood, energy levels, etc. I know I am guilty of focusing on 'calories in versus calories out', since that is the metric that is inching me closer to my goal weight. But just being thinner doesn't always mean being healthier, and like that quote implies, wellness is linked to attitude and morale too.

In the spirit of de-stressing over dieting, I focused on morale. To give myself a boost, I treated myself to a few special meals this week. One thing I did was feed my chocolate fix by making chocolate pudding from scratch. Of course I made it with almond milk and very little sugar, but I definitely enjoyed it just like the 'real deal'.

Another treat this week was that I broke out the hibachi (first time this summer) and fired it up to make a leisurely vegetarian supper: a tofu burger on the grill, and in foil, a huge portion of zucchini from the garden, home-grown garlic and herbs. Yum! I use the old-fashioned wood charcoal, not the briquettes. It takes a while to get the fire going, hence the 'leisurely' supper. I thoroughly relaxed as I cooked and ate and digested on the back porch, with my non-alcoholic beer (really enjoying Bitburger Drive 0% beer, definitely the best one of its kind I've tasted).

I hope everyone doing the summer BLC is taking advantage of this week's challenge to de-stress a bit, perhaps loosen the reins and relax over meals instead of getting uptight about them.

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