I am taking a class and one of the things we had to do was a diabetic food exchange. This is the program Weight Watchers is based on. It brought back memories, most of them of me trying to figure out how to save points so I could have a snack or a glass of wine. I remember eating Krispy Kreme donuts for breakfast one morning and eating salad at lunch to make up for it.
There is nothing wrong with eating a salad for lunch. What’s wrong is eating junk food and skimping on real food to make up for it. I wouldn’t eat nuts or avocado because they were too many points. I would, however, have a treat every night. Again, there is nothing wrong with occasional treats. But this was turning into a kind of madness that is not the underlying message of Weight Watchers but is an easy game to play.
I’m not alone. I’ve had others comment to me that they could use their points to eat cake for dinner. Yes, you could. You’d be hungry and irritable later on but you could technically do it. I wasn’t that extreme but I did play with my points and made sure to exercise so I’d have extra points should I want them.
I did get down to my goal weight but I knew there was no way I could eat this way for the rest of my life. I was hungry, it was tiring, and I needed real food. Especially since I started training for a half-marathon. My body wanted to know why the heck I was punishing it. It was not sustainable.
The way I eat now is sustainable. I can run half-marathons and not be constantly hungry. I don’t feel like I’m punishing myself and I’m not constantly craving junk food. I still like treats but I don’t search them out instead of eating real foods. I’m more content this way.
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