Do you know what my favorite food group was when I was obese?
Seriously. I do not think there were more than a handful of days when I was fighting with my weight where I did not have a good amount of chocolate. Brownies, chocolate candy, cookies with chocolate, chocolate milk shakes, chocolate chips… Well, you get the picture.
On the other hand. My very least favorite groups of foods were vegetables. I patted myself on the back if I had some peas, corn, or green beans once or twice a week.
I avoided these foods when I was obese because I thought I hated them or didn’t see where they were worth eating:
Yogurt, plain or sweetened
Most vegetables, including asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
Brown rice and whole wheat anything
Roasted or baked chicken (If it wasn’t fried, why eat it?)
Cheese (unless it was sprinkled liberally on pizza or nachos)
Nuts and seeds (I made an exception however for peanut M&M’s)
In the beginning of my weight loss efforts, my main concern was the number on the scale. Right or wrong, that’s how it was. I was quite a ways into losing 150 pounds before I really began to think about how I was going to keep off the weight if I ever lost it all. After all, I had never lost more than 20 or 30 pounds before so long-term maintenance really hadn’t been an issue.
Even though the phrase “lifestyle change” wasn’t thrown around like it is now, I intuitively understood that that was what needed to happen. It was not just about losing pounds, but the process was also about living healthier forever.
I began to understand that I couldn’t avoid chocolate while dieting and then go right back into the habit of eating chocolate every day as soon as the scale hit the “magic number” (whatever that was). I began to understand that I needed to shift my thinking and learn to embrace some of those foods I thought I hated because many of those foods were healthy for life.
In the beginning, I modified recipes we liked in order to make them healthier, lower in fat and calories, but still tasty. I added more vegetables to my grocery list and tried some of those foods I thought I hated.
Because it took me over a year to lose 150 pounds, by the time I got to my healthy weight, I was on my way to making permanent lifestyle changes. Honestly though, there was still a lot of room for improvement.
I find it interesting and encouraging that year after year in weight maintenance, I am still tweaking our diet, trying new recipes, and expanding our food likes.
I just tried Brussels sprouts last year, thanks to help from my Facebook friends, and really liked them. Now we have them frequently.
And like I shared on Monday, I gave up diet drinks and now avoid artificial sweeteners.
Another example of how my tastes have changed is learning to like Greek yogurt. The first time I had that stuff I thought I was going to gag. But after a few more attempts, I discovered it wasn’t terrible, and then I actually liked it. That experience reminded me of introducing my kids to new foods. At first they hated them, but eventually they liked most of them.
I’m curious to know whether your attitude toward certain foods has changed and whether you feel as though your tastes have changed as well? Diane