Wasting Food: Brenda

One of the topics we discussed during our group meeting is the importance of throwing outtrashcans1.jpg extra food.  Keeping leftovers hanging around in the refrigerator and cupboards can tempt dieters and threaten to derail their good efforts.  A lot of our dieters initially expressed discomfort at the idea of wasting food.  However, what we like to remind our dieters is that if you eat extra food you don’t need, your body can’t use it and just turns it into fat, i.e. the food is wasted in your body.  So the food is wasted in the trashcan or wasted in your body, but either way it’s wasted (discussed on Day 7 of The Beck Diet Solution). 

Brenda in particular had a lot of trouble throwing out extra food.  Her daughter would often cook big meals and there would be lots of leftovers that she couldn’t bring herself to toss in the trash.  Brenda said the leftovers would hang out in her fridge for a couple of days until she eventually ate them, whether she really wanted to or not.  She also often had half-finished boxes of snack foods in her cupboard that her grandchildren would start and not finish, and even though they were often stale and fairly unappealing, there were times when they sorely tempted Brenda.

Brenda responded really well to the notion, “In the trashcan or in your body, either way it’s wasted,” and with this new mentality it became easier for her to throw out food.  Brenda slowly got in the habit of throwing out all the unwanted leftovers from the meals her daughter cooked, because she knew she’d rather the food be wasted in her trashcan than show up on the scale.  Brenda also now periodically goes through her cupboards and without difficulty throws out all the unfinished, stale snack food.  Learning to throw out food may seem like a simple idea, but it will continually keep Brenda from eating extra food and help her keep the weight off permanently. 

Put Yourself First: Susan

Week 28 and our dieters continue to lose weight! 

One of our dieters, Susan, initially lost 7 pounds.  During the holiday season, however, she gained a few pounds back and then her weight stagnated – she didn’t gain anymore, but she didn’t then continue to lose either.  Susan said that she spent all weekend deciding whether or not she really wanted to lose weight, and whether or not she was ready to fully commit herself to the endeavor. She made a new Advantages List (discussed on Day 1 of The Beck Diet Solution) and thought about the value of each item on the list and how important they all were to her. 

Susan came to the realization that she had been consistently putting others first – her family, friends, and clients.  She hadn’t been making dieting a priority, making sure she had enough time and energy to do what she needed to do (Day 8), such as buying the necessary food at the supermarket, cooking meals, taking time to eat slowly and while sitting down (Days 3 and 5), and exercising (Day 9).  Susan also realized, though, that in order to be able to fully help everyone in her life, she had to first make sure that she was in good health – physically and emotionally.  She came to the decision that she was going to put herself first and make dieting her #1 priority, because her health and sense of well-being depend on it.