I Just Don’t Like It


I know what worked for me.  Drinking only water for a beverage and limiting my sweets consumption to one dessert a day (which equaled to one serving, split three times).  Seven years ago, I did this, and I was the thinnest I’d ever been.  A friend of mine does the primal/paleo lifestyle (I’m still not sure what the difference is), and it’s worked for her.  It won’t work for me because it’s not something I will stick with.  it is a natural food.  I am not a big fan of sweet potatoes.  I’ve tried to be.  Just like I’ve tried to be a fan of avocados and bananas, but I’m just not.  I don’t even like guacamole (I do like banana pudding, but that defeats the purpose).  I like my hamburgers in buns, not wrapped in lettuce, and certain things just taste better fried (like certain kinds of fish).

I love my Southern style sweet tea and Mexican Coca Cola out of the bottle.  I have wanted to cut back, but cravings are strong.  I’ve heard the only way to get rid of a craving is to satisfy it, but I’ve realized I just need to ignore it–go do something else.  I hate the taste of unsweet tea and Diet Coke (which, in my opinion, is just as bad for you, but in a different way).  People say you get used to it, but if I have to get used to it, it doesn’t taste good to begin with.  I’d rather just drink water, which, as long as it’s cold and clean (purified rather than spring), always tastes good.  I know I don’t drink enough of it because I drink the other stuff.

I’ve been trying so hard to like things I don’t (I’ve always been a vegetable person, never a fruit person), that I know I need to concentrate on eating more of the good-for-you things I like.  There are plenty out there.

I have heard that one of the reasons men lose weight easier is that they tend to cut things out completely, whereas women try to substitute, or have their chocolate cake and eat it, too.  Larabars just don’t do it for me.  I’d rather have less of what I like than more of what I don’t.

I tried making a pancake with almond flour, and it was awful.  Gritty and not at all fluffy.  I bought some of Van’s gluten-free waffles, and I couldn’t finish them.  They made me gag, so I had to throw them out.  I don’t make enough money to experiment with expensive ingredients.  Someday, I’ll learn how to make a cake with coconut flour and honey, but it’s just not a good time right now; what purpose would it serve, considering I work in a diner where all their delicious pies are homemade and half-off to employees?

I just have to do the best I can with what I have.  To go paleo, I’d have to eat more meat.  I’d feel better about doing that if I could buy healthier meat, and I’m not quite there yet with the prices of organic chicken and grass-fed beef.  I will, however, buy it to make baby food for my daughter.

There is one thing I learned from experience seven years ago, and that is that if you’re strict with your diet, you can stay slim without exercising (though I don’t know how healthy you’ll be), but you can’t eat whatever you want and just work it off, unless you train like an Olympian.  I just need to find that fitness-nutrition balance.


4 thoughts on “I Just Don’t Like It

  1. You’ll figure out what works best for you in your own way and with the budget and resources you have. Don’t compare yourself to others and what they do. You’re uniquely you and you’re beautiful and talented. Figure out how you can be the best Sarah and be happy!

    Also, keep in mind, if it weren’t for my husband and his health issues, I’d still be eating pies and drinking sweet tea too! 🙂

    • Wow, thanks, Mandy! I’m still trying to figure out what works for me. I eat A LOT less than I did six months ago (which may or may not be good, considering I skip breakfast–I don’t even want food till I’ve been awake for at least three hours). I know what worked before, and that was drinking only water. Somehow, I remember my bladder being a lot bigger then!

  2. Anything which is abstained from for approx one month, becomes habitual. I believe that to an extent, that’s also true with adding sugar, and adding salt etc … Easier said than done. I would be healthier without alcohol, and I haven’t done that either. Not for one month, that is 🙂 At the end of the day, being slim, doesn’t equate to beauty or health, and not the least, happiness. 🙂

    • True. I’ve seen skinny people scarf down fast food and wonder where it goes. I’ve seen people who eat very healthy (even exercise) and they’re very overweight. I think we just have to eat for health and not for beauty (though the beauty part makes depriving ourselves easier to stick with).

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