Blog Post: Leigh Gillam

Each of our 7 Years Younger Diet panelists has been asked to blog about their program experiences, successes and failures during their journey on the program.

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My husband doesn't understand why I give in to craving. Why I just can't ignore that Whopper and fries calling my name. Why that even though I know there is nothing to be gained nutritionally, and everything to be gained on the scales, that I just can't resist 100% of the time. And another acquaintance once said she wouldn't ever eat a Cheddar Biscuit because she knew she would like it and want another. (You know she's a petite size 2!)  I know I am not alone with my cravings. We all crave it, whether it's something sweet, gooey, greasy or you just feel like you have "earned it".
Often it's not that occasional food that sends me down the wrong path. Often it's simply too much of the right thing. Nutritionist Sam Cassetty taught us that our brain takes 20 minutes to join us at the table; that is, our brain takes 20 minutes to register the food that we've eaten. Last night I enjoyed my spinach salad so much that I went and filled another bowl and ate it too! Then I was uncomfortable and wished I had stopped with the one bowl. It was a good lesson: Slow down during your meal. Put your fork down between bites. Sip water during your meal. Pay attention to your food. Let your head join you at the table.
Some days the scale is very frustrating. One day I had soup for two meals. Now, these were canned soups (100% natural) which I paired with saltine crackers. The soups were very low fat and low calorie. Everything was planned. But the next morning I was up on the scales! Fortunately, it was explained to me that the sodium was probably the culprit and I was just retaining water. Whew! That helped me calm down for the rest of the day and the scales were back in place the next day. Yes, I am one of those who gets on the scale every day. It's part of my morning routine; good, bad or ugly, it's just what I do. My pants could just as easily be scales because they also certainly let me know when I've not been exercising and enjoying more food than I should. But I never blame the scales!
To err is human; to forgive, divine.



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