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Food Brain
I've been trying to eat healthier recently. This is really hard, especially when I'm on the road! However at the very least I can try to eat better when I'm not traveling. In an effort toward this, I've been intermittently trying Seattle Sutton. This is a program that makes meals - fresh ones not frozen - that you pick up from their shop twice a week.

They provide 21 meals a week, which I can't manage to consume in a week. Between travel and hanging out with friends, I eat away from home several times a week. However I can usually eat those in two weeks, so long as neither are a co-lo week. So I've ordered from them a few times, this week included.

The food is generally not bad. In fact some of it is quite good! My lunch today was only so-so, but yesterday's dinner was yummy. The challenge is to eat just what they give me, and not extra things. Especially when they give me something I don't like....

I've been trying to re-train my brain. I want it to find healthy food yummy, and unhealthy food yucky. For example there was squash on the side of a meal recently. I don't like squash. But it's not awful, and I think it's supposed to be good for me. So I ate it anyway. I tried to convince my brain, "Yum, squash!" It didn't really work, but I ate the squash and it wasn't awful. Just not tasty. Hopefully there were vitamins in there.

I'm also trying to visualize bad-for-me things, like a plate of french fries, and tell myself, "Ugh, covered in grease." Same with brownies and such. "Yuck, too sweet." It's not entirely working, and my brain is not fooled. But even trying to take steps toward thinking about food in a healthier fashion seems like a good idea.

I also tell myself that, if I'm eating one of my Seattle Sutton meals, I can't eat anything else unless I eat all of the fruits and veggies the meal people provided. It's like making a child eat, but it also makes sense after all. We make children eat their vegetables because we want them to be healthy. I want ME to be healthy to! My tendency to leave squash and fruit on my plate and supplement my hunger with a granola bar is probably why my weight isn't where I want it to be. If I were really hungry, if there weren't other options, I'd eat that stuff. So I shouldn't eat anything else first.

It's a theory. A challenging one, and one that obviously won't change my mindset 100%. But even changing it a little, or reminding myself to think more carefully, isn't a bad idea. So far I'm only really doing this on days when I'm at home, but anything is better than nothing, right?

On an unrelated note: ALPACAS!

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mogwar From: mogwar Date: July 23rd, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've taken to eating vegetables I don't particularly care for (squash is the main one for me, too) as a good example for kidlet. His dad's been trying new veggies as well, so I'm hopeful that we'll be able to convince kidlet to expand his eating habits over time. He is willing to eat plenty of fruits and veggies and such, but I worry about the lack of variety in his diet. But I figure the best thing I can do now is model good eating habits.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: July 23rd, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I clicked on their home delivery option since they do it for Texas, $232 for a 21 meals. A litte pricey for me. I liked the alpaca video but I saw it earlier thanks to to jeff.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: July 23rd, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Forgot to mention that I am not a big fan of squash either but I will eat it if it's served to me especially with cheese. I really like steamed or stir fried veggies.
anderale From: anderale Date: July 23rd, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Keep trying and eventually it will work. When I discovered that dairy was making me sick I made myself not like it. It took a while and I have lapses where I eat cheese or ice cream, but not daily. Good luck!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 23rd, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, a friend of mine with funky allergies was describing how he has avoided them for so long, his brain basically tells him "that's not food". That would be great, if I could learn to do that with bad-for-me things. At least for SOME of the time!
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: July 23rd, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

[OT] climbing in two weeks?

Hey there,

I'll be in Michigan (Warren, near the GM plant) the week of August 4-8th. Interested in getting out climbing some evening? We can go to the in Pontiac, rather than Ann Arbor, since I'm up north.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 23rd, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: [OT] climbing in two weeks?

Sounds fun, but unfortunately I'll be in Gent that week. Darn!
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: July 23rd, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: [OT] climbing in two weeks?

Doh! Can't you tell them this is bad timing, cause you've got an out-of-country friend visiting town that week, and they need to reschedule for another week?

Oh well, another time. I bet you're accumulating wack-loads of air miles, though. Maybe even enough for a free trip to Ottawa to come visit me? You know, to make up for not being in Michigan when I come up that way. And, if you did, I could take you climbing on real rock!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: July 25th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: [OT] climbing in two weeks?

I'll be off work that week, I could slide over for some ethnic food.
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: July 25th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: [OT] climbing in two weeks?

Sounds good to me. Want to discuss it in my LJ, rather than cluttering up poor renniekins' journal.
From: writerwench Date: July 23rd, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like you could do with having my mother come stay with you for a while. Her idea of portions is - um - amazing, and she loads plates with veggies and salad.
susmadel From: susmadel Date: July 23rd, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thinking good thoughts. Dieting is HARD! I struggle everyday to stay where I am. You think after 4 or 5 years, it would be easier. But it isn't.
From: niiicolaaa Date: August 2nd, 2008 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)
That is a great idea - I have been looking for a place like that. It is easier to eat better when someone else makes the food :-) If you don't mind me asking, what is the pricing like? I clicked around on their site, but I didn't see (or was looking in the wrong place...)

Also, this is random, but I know you seem to bike a lot,do you know of any good, relatively flat bike trails in the area? There are a lot around here, but I never realized how many big hills there were until I started riding around.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 14th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
The brance local to me costs $125 per week, for 1200 calories per day. What's funny is that was originally without delivery, which was supposed to cost extra.

But when I called today she said that they have switched to delivery-only, and they'll charge the same. Rock on!

I don't do a lot of trail riding, so I can't help you there - sorry.
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