On to the next step on my journey with the Naturally Thin plan by Bethenny Frankel.
The second 'rule' in this plan is "You Can Have It All, Just Not All at Once".
DANG and I thought I could just eat and eat and eat and not see any consequences.
Join me on this next step on may way to changing my thinking about eating and dieting.
Bethenny's point with the Naturally Thin plan and with this rule is that 'dieting' is not helping us.
Most diet plans ban certain foods so we feel deprived. I WANT that cupcake, or Twinkie or chocolate bar but my 'diet' says NO WAY.
Enter anger, hunger, feelings of deprivation. No wonder most of us can't follow a restrictive plan.
Bethenny says we CAN have chocolate, or cake or mashed potatoes. BUT we can't eat a pound of chocolate, half a cake or a pan full of potatoes.
Moderation is the key here people.
First think about what you want. Do you want some potatoes with your dinner AND dessert?
Then you will have to cut both of the portions on those two treats way back.
How about you eat the taters but then only have a bite or two of someone else's dessert. (Ask first or you may get a fork stabbed into your hand).
Or reverse this and just take a bite or two of someone else's cheese filled potato dish and then eat a scrumptious dessert.
Are you seeing the point of this rule?
It was hard for me to grasp as I am definitely of the "I want it all" mindset and thought I would feel deprived looking at food thru the eyes of Rule # 2.
On the contrary, I know I can taste whatever I want and determine where I want to use my "bank account" points for the day on.
Today, I may want that Salted Caramel Cupcake from the local cupcakery and tomorrow I may want a nice piece of bread with a nice helping of butter.
Or, if I am making a cake or cupcakes for a client, I can taste the icing as needed to ensure I am giving them the best I can give.
No guilt, no kicking myself the rest of the day. A taste or two and move on.
There is LOADS more involved in this rule, but this is my take on it. I know that I have to think about what I want to eat, whether is it worth using my daily expenditures from my food bank account, and whether I really hungry or just bored, sad or lonely.
Sounds easy right? Well, I can report that it has been easy for me.
I lost another 1.1 lbs this week which is a BIG thing for me since the older I get, the harder it is to lose. So this little engine that can is still chugging along.
Next week I will take a look at the Rule # 3, so I hope you will be back to check in then.
Until next time.....keep on creating.
If you want to check out previous posts in this series: