Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Carbolicious

Bread oh yummy bread!  Why do you have such a delicious hold upon me.   Your crusty edges and soft insides make my heart melt with a taste bud orgasm!  Add a little butter on your warm fluffiness and it’s absolute rapture!.  Pasta…ohhh yummy pasta!!!!   Corkscrews, spaghetti, ziti and penne.  So delicious!

Yes, I am a carb-o-holic!  I love bread, I love pasta.  I love dough.  I love it!  Man CAN live on bread alone.  I know this in my heart to be true. Ha ha ha However, I also know that man (or woman in this case) needs to have the nutrients of other foods, but it is an enticing thought! 

So after those two paragraphs I think it’s fairly obvious that I like bread and would be happy with having a serving of bread or pasta with each meal….or maybe more than one serving, if I want to be honest…because we all know that bread is a wonderful accompaniment to a pasta dish.  I can work a my breads (carbohydrates) into my eating budget.  It’s completely doable to still get my nutrients and still eat my much loved bread and pasta. I’ve done it.  I’ve been healthy while I’ve done it.  However, it’s just not possible for me to lose weight while I’m eating so many carbohydrates, isn’t that sad?  Lets have a moment of silence to mourn this fact………..  

So this week the breads and pastas have crept into my diet. I’ve managed to hold onto my weight…or not....but I’m definitely not dropping.  I know what that means.  And it makes me sad.   Limiting my carbs

That said……being fat makes me sadder.   Being obese makes me downright depressed.  I’ll give up a serving or two of bread or pasta for the time being.  I know that when I’m maintaining I can have more carbs (as long as I am, still getting my base nutrients) and be ok.  But for right now……well I will enjoy the bread and the pasta oh so much more when I do indulge!  (And at least I will still have that one carbolicious meal!) 

On a different note….a few months back I opened myself up to have an article written about me in the local paper.  It took a leap…because I let it all hang out.  I was brutally honest with where I was…where I’ve been….my weight.  EVERYTHING.  I heard some positive responses but then it died down.   Mondy night Zumba started for the year the classes were packed.  I went to the second class and some gals that had helped and were there greeting people came up to me and said, “Thank you for being open in that article.  There were at least 8 new people that tried zumba that  that when we asked them about how they came to try it, they quoted you and your article. “   I guess I should feel honored that sharing my struggles had that impact. 



10 comments:

timothy said...

I'm with you on the breads, biscuits are the bane of my existence and alas ADDICTS cant do moderation so I have to cut them out completely or stay fat those are my options I cant have just one because that leads to binges and splurges and months of off plan nonsense.

Kelly said...

Maintenance is my Utopia. Seriously. I think Heaven will involve enjoying bread without having to monitor it. Also, that's awesome about the article. How cool to have inspired people to get healthy. Congrats!

Primal Gwen said...

Timothy has this right! As a starch addict myself, I yo-yo dieted for DECADES...losing tons of weight, then ultimately putting it all back on again, when I allowed starches/grains back into my life. I finally hit pay dirt when I read Wheat Belly, and The End of Overeating, and discovered 'primal' living at marksdailyapple.com. Grains inherently keep the cravings for them alive EVERY time you eat them. It's their reaction on your brain chemistry. To a certain extent, it's out of your control, until you completely abstain and get 3-4 days out, grain-free. Then, magically, the cravings disappear. We all like to think we can moderate grains, live happily ever after co-existing with them in our lives, but it's a fallacy. Grains cause inflammation in our cells, which causes diabetes, heart disease, and a host of other diseases, as well as probably cancer for some. It's just not worth it. It's hard to accept, some never do, but it's the scientific fact. I wish you well trying to moderate it, but grains will always control you, until you succeed in realizing they are toxic, and choose to give them up. It will always be an uphill battle until you do. That's why the odds are stacked against dieters...even those who have reached maintenance. They are fighting the real, chemical reactions caused by even a little bit of grains.

Kyra said...

I'm not a carb addict, and as such it wasn't too hard to reduce breads to almost nothing - but one thing that I do with all my foods is that I make sure that they're the type I really like. So, in the case of bread I'm not a huge fan unless it's a crusty bread. I have a texture I really like. I only have bread probably once a week (I found other things to replace it in meals such as a bowl of steel cut oats or something, but it's not for everyone - I do lots of veggies too) - and when I DO have it, I made sure it's the kind I really, really want. Doing that actually made me want bread less, because who wants to waste time and calories on something that isn't exactly what I want, and can have now and then? :) Just an idea, you have to do what's best for you.

And on the article? Yay you!

Jessica said...

I am in the same boat with the carbs. Pasta is my downfall. Right now I am just saying no! :)

Darcy said...

Look into the book Wheat Belly. You may change your mind about how much you like breads and pastas.

Lynn said...

In the end you have to do what works for you and doesn't make you obsessed and crazy about it. Moderation works for me. Congratulations on inspiring others to try zumba!

Leslie said...

That is so awesome about the article:)

JenB said...

I love breads (and sugar carbs like cookies, doughnuts, etc.) Celiac's disease runs in my family and I have to tell you I am terrified it's going to hit me (your chances increase exponentially with a family member diagnosed). I really wonder if I'd be able to give up bread, even if I knew it was inflicting damage. I almost think I'd have to suffer consequences (like my oldest brother, he has extreme reactions).

What is even harder is I love to bake. Cookies, cakes, cinnamon rolls, breads, rolls ... it's something I really enjoy, and I love the raves I get. Of course I eat what I make too.

I tried zumba for the first time. It wasn't a great instructor (it was free and perhaps you get what you pay for). I'm not sure if I'm in for the class setting either, I'm a pretty solitary exerciser. It was a huge "out of the comfort zone" for me to even try it though.

Keep on plugging away!

Shelley said...

Re: that Zumba article...you never know who/how many people you reach by opening up like that, and it's really great how you've influenced people!