Just finished watching THE most awesome episode of Top Chef… in New Orleans! I looooove New Orleans and love eating in New Orleans. Is it sicko that I love The Biggest Loser and ALSO Top Chef? My husband is from New Orleans and has lots of family there, so we have had our share of visits over the years. I’ve never been “on a diet” on any visit there and so my head was spinning watching the beignets (fried dough! yum!), the seafood, the grits, the gumbo, all of it.
I guess it’s good to watch it and have some sort of vicarious thrill, without ingesting a single calorie… in that way I guess TC is a good thing. But it also really revs up those cravey vibes. Hmm. (I’m not giving up my Top Chef! Not yet!!!)
But speaking of food, I am trying to figure out what diet to actually be on. Maybe the endocrinologist will tell me next week. But I still think I need to settle on something. I’ve been doing a rather loosey-goosey version of South Beach that I think has taken me about as far as it can.
I actually went back to the Weight Watchers site this week and downloaded the local meeting schedule into my calendar/phone. I have very mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I’ve had great success with WW in the past. On the other hand, I’ve also had abysmal failures, mostly due to having a bad attitude. I think I’ve got my Attitude in hand now, so maybe I ought to give it another try. (sigh) I don’t know.
A friend of mine has been telling me of her success with Overeaters Anonymous (OA) and particularly the very hard-core “Grey Sheet” which limits one’s food choices to a certain list. All I know is that it does not include white (?) flour and sugar. I’m fine with that. But also avocados! Can I live with that? I don’t know. I also am extremely ambivalent about the weighing/measuring/planning/sponsor thing. If I compare my level of food addiction to an alcohol addiction, I’d say that I wouldn’t be the kind of drunk who blacks out and is violent and can seriously harm self or others. I’m the kind who occasionally gets drunk at parties and sometimes questions or regrets having had a drink or two too many. So I do not know if I need THAT LEVEL of intervention.
When I read the Beck Diet Solution book, it really spoke to me. It made sense to me. It resonated and I felt seen, understood, busted, and supported all at once. Which was great. But it basically leaves the readers on their own to find a diet that works for them. I feel like I’m still working on that.
Tonight I bought an e-book by this guy, whom I’ve been following on Twitter for a while. I know it’s got that hokey, infomercial, over exclamation-pointed feel, but I’ve read a bunch of his blog posts and they seem to make a lot of sense. It’s pretty much a low-carbish, spread-your-meals-out sort of thing, which I think makes sense for someone who tends toward the diabetic side. I’m going to read his book over the next few days and probably make that my diet.
I want to be really conscious about this decision and make sure it’s something I can live with. I’m not sure I can live with anything that would not allow me at least one delicious meal in New Orleans… okay, I’ll forget the beignets, but not the oyster stew.
February 20, 2009 at 12:02 pm
Got it! You are on my blog roll, I just didn’t put two and two together!
Great top Chef! I think Stefan may win now that Fabio is gone – but he’s just so cocky!
February 20, 2009 at 2:24 pm
I love Top Chef Too! I was hoping Jeff would get back in the game. He did a great job impressing Emeril!
I totally understand the decision for what “diet” to undertake on this journey to loose weight. It really sounds like you’re doing a lot of research. It truly shows your dedication to finding what’s right for you and your lifestyle. That’s so important. If you’re pre-diabetic, definitely stay away from the carbs and make sure you know what foods have carbs in them. It’s shocking to find out what foods actually have some carbs in them…it’s takes education. As a diabetic myself, a good rule of thumb is to not eat more than 45grams of carbs per meal. If you stick to that, you’ll be fine in that area.
My trainer did metabolic testing to find out how my body processes and metabolizes food. My body is a fast oxider. I eat foods that my body does well on. The hard part is no calorie counting, no point system, nothing like that. I am to eat 5 to 6 “meals” a day. They are really snack size now. I’ve never felt better in my life! I’m learning how my body reacts to certain foods as well as incorporating a lot of organic foods too. A good rule of thumb my trainer gave me is to eat the freshest foods as possible, no processed foods; don’t eat anything that has more than 5 ingrediants on the package…AND you must be able to pronounce them all….hahha!
February 20, 2009 at 4:34 pm
Someday, that “metabolic testing” sounds really helpful. I wonder where/how you find somebody who can do that?
Believe me I would be SO RELIEVED to not have to deal with not counting stuff. I could truly do the 5-6 meals thing, organic, fresh etc.
Would you be willing to share your food list?
February 20, 2009 at 4:48 pm
Find my post about Fast Oxidizer…it has some information there! When I get back from my weekend retreat, I’ll be more than happy to talk more about it. I’ve been meaning to blog more about my food stuff. Have a great weekend!