Food Addiction on the Geocache Diet? Day 191

I don’t think I realized how much of a battle this weight loss challenge would be.  I can lose weight.  I do know how to.  Dropping 20lbs in a short period of time is no problem but reaching my long term weight goal and eating well enough to keep off the weight is proving to be tough.  In the beginning I thought all I had to do was change my eating habits, increase my exercise, and the weight would come off.  While that is the formula to success, actually doing it is much harder than I thought it would be.

I love food.  I get pleasure from eating.  When we travel, which I am obsessed with, I have to discover the local specialties.  We have a bookcase full of cookbooks and we are constantly looking for new dishes to try.  This also describes a lot of different people, many who are thin and healthy.  I do not believe that a joy of eating and getting pleasure from food discovery is bad but it may add challenges to my goal of weight loss.

Am I addicted to food?  That may be too harsh a word and hard for me to determine.  I don’t have any traditional addictions but this may not mean I do not have an addictive personality.  From a young age I was scared off from trying the common addictions.  I was constantly reminded about the dangers of smoking so I never tried.  I saw the affects of drugs & alcohol and it scared the hell out me so I just avoided them altogether.  I still will resist any medication until I can see it is really necessary.  I have never gambled because it just seemed illogical to throw away money.  Avoiding a vice does not prove that I wouldn’t be addicted if I had tried in the first place.   I am passionate about things like nature, geocaching, travelling, and my family, but I would struggle to say that these are addictions.  But when I think about it I could be addicted to eating?

It is strange to think about being addicted to something that is required for your survival.  I have to feed the need of daily nourishment without over indulging.  The good news for me is that I like lots of different types of food.  Sure I like burgers and fries but I actually prefer a garden salad, maybe with some shredded chicken, tomatoes, a little goat cheese, walnuts and vinaigrette… sorry lost focus there.  The point is that I like all food, the good stuff and the bad.  I like meat and potatoes but I can easily remove them from my diet, and I have, because fish and veggies in a curry sauce wi….um… is better for me and preferred in our house.

As I mentioned on Day 90 I am an emotional eater and this is proving hard to overcome.  I eat when I am rushed, bored, under stress, tired, and overly happy.  What I think I am going to do is start keeping a food journal.  I am keeping notes with everything else going on right now so why not this.  I know what I need to do to lose weight and let’s see if this extra layer of accountability will help.  It may give me more clues as to why I am turning to food for comfort from daily stresses.

If you feel this blog sounds a bit confused and lacking a good solution then you are correct.  This is something that I have to eventually solve and I am determined to figure it out on my own so the solution is perfect for me.  This is a hard challenge, much harder than I thought it would be, but what fun would life be without challenges.

Since we are on the subject of food I thought I would provide that yummy salad recipe I mentioned earlier.  This is one that has evolved over time.

Grilled Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad (serves 2)

This is a favourite summer salad in our house.  You can use different salad vegetables and different dressings to add a different taste.  I have added two different dressings that we like with this salad (not at the same time).

Salad Ingredients

  • 3-4 tomatoes (roma are best but it doesn’t matter too much)
  • Olive Oil to brush on tomatoes
  • Mixed greens – choose whatever lettuce you like best for a delicate salad
  • 1-2 chicken breasts, precooked and shredded(I like them grilled)
  • Any of red bell pepper, radish, cucumber or other salad ingredients
  • Soft goat cheese
  • Crushed pecans or walnuts

Balsamic Vinegar Dressing

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • clove of crushed garlic
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Raspberry Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp raspberry jam or crushed raspberries & a little sugar
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Brush tomatoes in olive oil and grill on low heat for 15-20 minutes.  Cool in fridge
  2. On individual plates place mixed greens
  3. Top lettuce with chicken, vegetables of choice, tomatoes, goat cheese, nuts
  4. Drizzle salad dressing of choice
  5. Enjoy

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