I have dieted for so long, that I have mental lists of good and bad food. Good - any green vegetable, most lean protein. Bad - sugar, anything white. Foods flip from one list to the other depending on the plan I'm doing, mostly fruit! Sometimes eating an orange is cheating and sometimes it is a healthy nutritious addition to a meal.
Sometimes, it is good to eat snacks. Some plans advocate three meals and two snacks spaced evenly throughout the day. Some plans are strict three meals, no snacks. Some plans are eat every x hours. Some plans just give an allotment of calories or carbs and leave the dieter to choose when to eat and how much.
Add to this my own upbringing in relationship to food: clean your plate, eat what you are served and be thankful, if you don't eat, you'll be hungry later and you can't have a snack. (I should probably do a whole post about my childhood & food.) These ideas are deeply ingrained. It still kills me to leave food on my plate!
I'm still on the No S plan, but I'm struggling. I still have a good/bad mentality when it comes to various foods. After all, alcoholics don't have a sip of wine on weekends or special days. Addicts, don't have a hit of heroin on their birthdays. I've not studied the definition of addiction, so don't know if I can say that I'm addicted to sugar, bread, or anything else. I don't believe that I am. I think somehow I live in fear of hunger.
I can't have sugar. OK. I won't eat sugar, but I can eat all of the red meat I want. No problem. I'll eat that. No red meat, but I can eat fruit. Sure thing! It is like I am always looking for the loophole. What can I eat that is unlimited. I'll just pile that in. I've called it 'on plan cheating' in previous posts. I don't think it matters what plan I'm doing. There are a lot of good ones out there. Most of them will probably even work for me. But not until I get over this fear of hunger.
Now, how to make that happen? I don't know. My first thought in my 'all or nothing' mentality is to fast for a time period. I mean like three days, no food. I'm not sure first, how to make that happen because 65MD would squawk And two, I don't think it would help with the idea of normalizing food. It would make it all bad for that time period.
Ideas? Has anyone else battled this? I could use some success stories here.