No.1 Rule; Love it, or Leave it (for Weight Management)by Sonja Rose on May. 11, 2011, under Health
The cheesecake at Macaroni Grill looked tasty enough as the waitress set it down on the table. My husband and I dived our forks into it, hopeful as ever; we rarely order dessert, so it was a treat. I placed the creamy goodness on my tongue. Then, ewww! It didn’t taste good.
The rule is then: Stop eating the cheesecake.
It’s hard to do, though, sometimes, isn’t it? After all, we paid for it! And we didn’t feel like complaining, so when the waitress came by, with the inevitable, “How is it!?” smiling at us, big grin from ear to ear, we just lied (she probably wondered why we didn’t eat another bite and left the rest on the table).
How can something that looked so pretty taste so disgusting?
One thing I have learned in all my years of weight loss and weight maintenance is that since I only get a certain amount of calories each day, I am pretty picky about how am going to spend them every day (see: Calories; Like Money in the Bank, How Are you Going to Spend Them Each Day?) .
This rules applies now for me at restaurants, at other people’s homes, at my own home, at work — whenever I place a bite of food on my tongue I ask myself the question — do I really, really like this?
If I try something new at a restaurant, what if I don’t like what I ordered after it arrives? I can eat the part of the meal that I do like, beg my husband for part of his meal, order something else, and not worry (after all, we are not exactly starving in the United States. There’s an obesity epidemic going on). Or, I can simply order something that I know I’m going to love to begin with.
When I began my investigation in how to think and act like a thin person, I realized I needed to become more of a picky eater in order to maintain a 50-pound weight loss (see: Be a Picky Eater; Only Eat Foods You Love). And that means only eating foods I love — and discarding all the rest.