Let me start by stating the obvious. Dieting sucks!! I say that being fully aware that I've never reeeeally dieted. Not in the traditional sense of the word, but I do try. For instance, I eat peanut M&M's rather than just plain chocolates because at least there's that protein in there, right? (Of course, now that I mentioned those, and don't have any, I'm going to have to get creative and eat a plain Hershey's Kiss and a handful of peanuts. I'm like the MacGyver of candy eating!)
OK, this is exactly what I'm talking about. I just made myself sick eating the rest of my Valentine's Day chocolate (and peanuts) so now I'm eating half a bag of mini-carrots and just read that they are like eating a big bowl of sugar! What?! Why bother! Unreal. What can one just sit down and eat a colossal proportion of without the proverbial "moment on the lips, lifetime on the hips"??
Why is it that if human beings were made to run on food as fuel and by nature should crave natural things that are good for our bodies, do we literally fiend when we smell dough boiling in oil or, what may or may not even be meat, sizzling on a giant frying skillet? Why don't I crave broccoli or leafy greens rather than Cheetos? Are Cheetos even a food? I just read the contents of the coffee creamer I use in bulk (I thought it was suspect that it lasted for months and didn't need to be refrigerated) only to find that there was not one actual food ingredient involved in the makeup of this liquid I pour into my body on a daily basis! Scary.
I'm sure there are very logical reasons for these unhealthy cravings, so if anyone can enlighten me and then help me to rehab off of sugar and processed non-foods, I'd love the suggestions. In the meantime I can speculate that it's like anything, we are so saturated in non-food, packaged, processed, bagged and on-the-go, fat-free, sugar-free, chemical-filled, crap that our bodies literally don't recognize whole foods anymore.
I had a conversation with a girlfriend who is amazing at staying organic, raw, whole, etc when it comes to her diet and I could literally see horror in her eyes when running down a list of what I consider dieting or healthy and what I eat in a given day. I always said (and I still believe this to be true) that if I were to write a book about dieting it would be three sentences: "1. If you want to lose weight, eat fewer calories than you burn off. 2. If you want to maintain weight, consume the same amount of calories as you burn. 3. If you want to gain weight, consume more calories than you burn off." I said you can lose weight and eat nothing but lollipops and my friend added, "yeah, but then you'd die". OK, blah blah, the TYPE of calories are an important variable.
I'll try and compromise and stop eating candy and Girl Scout cookies for breakfast. The coffee creamer may be another story. Here's to a healthy balance and everything in moderation.