Has my American personality contributed to my diabetes? (I say American because when in Europe, eating a meal is a social all afternoon or evening affair.) Can I use my passion for competition that may have gotten me into this mess to get me out of it? These are some questions I pondered this weekend.
I was at a restaurant having an unhurried lunch with my husband when I realized I was trying to cram food in my mouth even though I hadn’t even really chewed the last bite and for no reason. I had nowhere to be but there enjoying lunch!
My fast competitive lifestyle leads me to eat my food standing at the sink to get on the road faster, eat fast food because it’s faster (and it’s there) and even at family dinners or restaurants gobbling up my food out of habit without even tasting it. I think I must be food a lover because I am overweight, when in fact I do not honor food in the least. What a sad revelation. I feel as if I’ve been cheating myself.
How is this contributing to my diabetes? I get some answers.
“We delay the feeling of fullness when we eat too fast. Therefore we tend to overeat.”
“Lose weight. A growing number of studies confirm that just by eating slower, you'll consume fewer calories - in fact, enough to lose 20 pounds a year without doing anything different or eating anything different. The reason is that it takes about 20 minutes for our brains to register that we're full. If we eat fast, we can continue eating past the point where we're full. If we eat slowly, we have time to realize we're full, and stop on time. Now, I would still recommend that you eat healthier foods, but if you're looking to lose weight, eating slowly should be a part of your new lifestyle.”
Yes, of course, I am overweight and it contributes greatly to my diabetes. I have struggled for years to lose weight. Why am I so unsuccessful? Because, I am an instant gratification girl. I am the one that they put the good stuff on the end caps for. It’s no fun to do something and have to wait months to see the results (Don’t count on me ever finding a cure for anything or plan long range investment goals. I could be a consummate day trader.) I, like most people want it NOW.
I take this new found information and start using this part of my personality to benefit myself. How? A challenge to myself, a new game. Beat the meter. I test before I eat, then choose wisely, test again in two hours and find out if I am a winner! It never occurred to me before to only eat half the sandwich and save the other half for tomorrow’s lunch when I was considering weight loss. Now, I am battling carbs and I want to see who wins in two hours. I know in the long run it is going to be me who also wins in six months when I see the results of consuming half the food I use to, but that’s a side benefit I’ll believe when it sneaks up and surprises me.
So far, I’m winning.
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