Thursday, August 13, 2009
When You're At A Loss, Go Back To Basics
Quinoa with Blueberries and Sunflower Seeds
When my clients aren't losing weight, I revisit the basics with them. I go back to the simple questions. Are you eating breakfast? What are you eating? What did you eat today? How often are you eating? Are you getting enough protein, vegetables, fruit, etc.? When it comes to weight, there's a lot of emotional baggage involved, but at the end of the day, it's a science, and going back to basics means getting back to a simple framework.
This was what I realized when I asked my coworker for a consultation today. Not shockingly, I gained a couple of pounds during my two week vacation in San Diego. However, it's been almost a month since I got back, and the weight hasn't come off. What to do? Talk to my go-to gal for weight-loss motivation (yep, we counselors sometimes need counseling too!). With all the emotional upheaval of eating gluten again and then going back off it, my regular eating habits fell by the wayside. Not that I stopped eating healthy, but there were some extra cookies (I rationalized it by telling myself I deserved them because I couldn't eat regular cookies anymore), and a bit too much peanut butter (I mean, it's gluten-free, right?) and a few too many gluten-free waffles. I realized if I didn't watch it, that number on that scale was going to start creeping in the wrong direction.
So it's back to basics for me. What does that mean? It means keeping track of food exchanges so that I don't eat randomly throughout the day and suddenly find myself starving before bedtime because I didn't eat enough vegetables or protein earlier. It means cutting out the store bought gluten-free bread and waffles I've been having for breakfast and going back to unprocessed foods. Quinoa with sunflower seeds and blueberries for breakfast. Brown rice with sauteed vegetables and tofu for lunch. Chicken with black beans and green peppers for dinner. The options are endless. Yet simple.
So I spent tonight getting my kitchen back in order and making my meals for the next couple of days. With everything prepared ahead of time, it's easy to grab what I need in the morning and go to work, knowing I won't be ravenous when I get home. Tomorrow I'll start the day off right with a pureed sweet potato with sunflower seeds and raisins. And hopefully that scale will start inching back in the right direction, one healthy meal at a time.