Nutrition and Taste
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Weight Gain! The scale has been moving in the wrong direction for awhile.
1. Every month when we go up north I gain weight. Very few hotels there have restaurants at the hotel. There are many fast food and pizza places but very few sit-down restaurants. The only vegetables most of the restaurants have are potatoes: baked potatoes, french fries, and mashed potatoes. I've already talked about this in other blogs. We go to the nearby Walmart and buy fresh fruit, cheese, yogurt, etc. This month we took tomatoes with us from home.
2. We've been eating out more than usual lately. We have hundreds of nice restaurants within driving distance from home. There have been more social events lately. Most of the time I try to make healthier choices. Even when I pack some of it in a box to take home, I feel fuller than when I eat at home.
3. This year I've noticed I get full much faster. It's very annoying to feel full after a few bites and realize I can't eat like I used to eat.
I eat a very light breakfast. We have our meal together at noon. Supper is a snack. If I eat a regular meal at night, I am uncomfortably full and feel bloated.
I wanted to lose as much weight as possible before surgery. Since my cancer diagnosis in July, I have gained 19 pounds, wiping out 2/3 of my weight loss this year. The oncologist is not going to be happy and neither will I be when I see him.
My younger sister, who is facing her own battle with cancer, continues to lose weight. She is frail. Her medical team does not want her to lose any more weight. The nutritionist told her this week that she must concentrate on nutrition, not taste.
I've pondered that idea. I realized a long time ago that most of the pleasure is in the anticipation. Most foods do not taste as good as I anticipated. If I could stop eating as soon as I realize the food doesn't taste good, maybe I would lose weight! My frugal nature doesn't like waste but I am not a garbage disposal.
Popcorn popping smells wonderful but it really doesn't taste that great. Can I enjoy the smell when someone pops corn without indulging? There are no calories in smelling. That applies to other foods, too.
Nutrition, regardless of taste. Can't we have both? Perhaps my focus has been too much on taste, regardless of nutritional content. I am still pondering that part.
Menu planning has always been key during the periods when I was most successful at living healthy.