Is Truth on Your Grocery List Or Sweatpants? PODSNACKS/ArtoftheDiet #176

Truth List

What is on my grocery list these days?

I've got one item I try to remember each time I get out a new piece of paper: Truth.

I need truth on the news which I have no control over and I need it on my grocery list which I do. Otherwise? Well, all I know for sure is the result of no control in the grocery list is:

" Hello, sweatpants."

If ever there's been a moment in my 75 years when I am choosing what I eat, this is it. I no longer go into a grocery store without gloves, mask, and a pocket filled with wipes. Suited up for the apocalypse, there is no desire to linger and stroll leisurely. I want to get in and get out with contracting a deadly virus. So, I have a list. And, this week, the list is being given to someone, for the foreseeable future, to shop for me. At 75, crowded grocery stores are not recommended.

I have to very clearly ask myself, “What do I need?” It used to be “What do I want?” My new goal is to want what I need. 

The good news? It helps me focus. I am not dithering about do I or don't I want a box of Cheez-its. I know if I bring that box into the house it is a mistake. A clear as a bell mistake. So, a snack-size package goes on the list, if at all. It is possible to stretch out a snack-size portion over a week. Who knew?

But, for food management during these times? I am trying to tell myself my food truth that, in the end, gives me hope. I am in control of that if nothing else. 

So, this first of April 2020, my arguing with the scale days long gone, I write my grocery list with truth and gratitude and hope you can, too.  You can listen to the podcast below. PS. I plan to increase podcasts from once a month to at least twice a month. If you want to be notified of new episodes, you can sign up for future notifications on the sidebar to the right and receive a transcript from a popular interview I did with a Lifetime WeightWatchers member or subscribe to the free podcast.

Hide the Marshmallows. PODSNACKS/Art of the Diet 171

Will Power is tossed around as if an infinite natural resource that one just needs to tap into in order to achieve our goals.  After ten years of weight maintenance, my will power natural resource seems all tapped out from facing other challenges .

But, the good news is this month I focus on an article by Dr. Jerome Groopman in The New Yorker, who takes a look at what science can tell us about will power.  In essence? “ We achieve situational control, paradoxically, not through will power but by finding ways to take will power out of the equation.” You can listen below.

In other words, if you hide the marshmallows you are less likely to eat them. Game on.

Here is the article by Dr. Jerome Groopman from an issue of The New Yorker.https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/10/28/can-brain-science-help-us-break-bad-habits

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I eat my feelings and they taste delicious. PODSNACKS|Art of the Diet 131

“I am eating my feelings and they taste delicious.”

That was the text of a birthday card I received this past week and it fits perfectly into this week's thoughts on weight maintenance.

No sugar or grains for three weeks and one soon realizes that habits of using food as the problem solver are a hard habit to break. You aren't physically hungry with a diet without these food groups, but you are looking for a roasted chic pea snack to serve an emotional purpose.  Guess what?  It doesn't. It simply does not trigger the brain in the same way.  Welcome to adult world and I'm 73 and have just entered it, apparently.

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