Monday, September 12, 2016

Reader Advice Day: Question About Fullness

Last week I received the following e-mail. Since the topic of this correspondence has been brought to my attention many times in the past few years, I really wanted to discuss it here with you and of course, ask for everyone's input!

Here is the question:

"Good afternoon, Wendy! I hope this finds you peaceful and well. Thank you for the honesty and candor of your blog. I really appreciate it.

When you have a moment, I do have a question for you. How does a person manage on this type of diet when one feels like an empty, bottomless pit even after eating volumes of food? Lol! Like, this morning I ate easily two pounds of vegetables (a mix of spinach, green beans, and butternut squash) steamed with a little salt and nutritional yeast on it. I threw a half-cup of garbanzo beans on top of that and then ate an apple, too. I was still hungry so I ate a rice cake, too. I'm not joking when I say that my plate of breakfast weighed at least a couple of pounds. Now, I just ate my lunch---- a large amount of brown rice with green beans and a mix of eggplant and roasted peppers on top with a large sweet potato and two smaller white potatoes. Put a small amount of soy sauce and salt on this. Again, my lunch was heavy--- you could use my lunch box as an arm weight and get a workout! Lol. The crazy thing is, as I sit here writing this, I still feel so so damned hungry. I mean, what the hell? Lol. I wonder if it could be caused by caffeine--- I'm embarrassed to write how much tea and coffee I drink in a day (lol). Maybe that's it? And I know that salt isn't necessarily a good thing but I just can't seem to kick it.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Do You Have a Favorite Podcast?

Lately I have been really into two things:

1. The soundtrack to Hamilton.

I am embarrassingly late to this party, but I just have to admit it publicly and move on. I am obsessed. Crazy, madly in love with the music and the lyrics of this musical. I finally broke down and bought the CDs when I listed to an interview with the composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, on an episode of Michael Ian Black's podcast "How to Be Amazing" and I haven't been the same since.

2. Podcasts.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Should You Call Yourself a Food Addict?

If you've been around these parts for a while, you are probably familiar with the term "food addict."

For a pretty long while I've been very comfortable using that term to describe myself, or more accurately, using the term "processed food addict."

But I've witnessed many people in the community who are very bothered by these terms. At first, I kind of blew off their opinions, but recently I've had a chance to really think about their reservations.

I started to toy with the idea of dropping the label for myself, based on some reading that I've been doing (Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth) and working with the concept of The Law of Attraction (inspired by our work in the HGK private book club with the book The 30-Day Sobriety Solution by Dave Andrews and Jack Canfield).

I'm not saying that I have the answers, I'm just saying that I think this is a conversation I need to be engaged in.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Trap of Plant-based Diet Perfection: a Follow Up Thought

It's only been 24 hours since I posted my thoughts on the perfectionism trap, but I had an experience that I just needed to share with you.

I love myself.

Perhaps the three hardest words any human can ever say to themselves.

Cringe worthy even.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Trap of Plant-based Diet Perfection

It feels really good to be writing again. Elizabeth Gilbert is so dead on when she says that as long as you show up, the magic happens.

Today I'd like to share with you an e-mail I received from a reader who is working very hard to stick to a "clean" version of a plant-based diet. Is there a better word for this other than "clean?" I hate to imply that other plant based diets are dirty, because they are certainly not. Maybe I should just stick with "SOS free?"

In this particular reader's case, I believe her intention is to eat a plant-based diet free of sugar, flour, oil and salt. This type of diet is not necessary for many folks, but for those of us who tend toward overeating, even on healthy foods, it does have the possibility of relieving that urge to overeat because food is no longer hyper-palatable.

Here's what she wrote:

"Hi Wendy,

I'm having a problem. I feel that as I focus more intently on changing my habits and attitudes and actions and thought processes - I am having very extreme reactions when I veer off path. A typical pattern is that I'm organized, motivated, feeling 'in control' when I'm eating properly. Tend to do this 8-10 days at a time, then go 'off track.' Eat sugar, have ice cream or make banana bread for friends, end up eating some, then I'm off track for a few days before I mentally get myself back on track. This has happened several times recently.

With this current episode I feel myself falling into an extreme self-loathing. Like the harder I try to change the more I hate myself when I fail. It's pretty bad. I have had times of being depressed in the past but since I started exercising regularly and especially trying to improve my eating habits, I've been very stable until now. It's a little disturbing.

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