||09-01-2013 05:52 AM
Yes. BUT. It happens only when you start eating for nutritional reasons and not all the other reasons (things that got us here in the first place). For example yesterday I had no hunger and no desire to eat. I ate because I had to. The when I did choose to make something to eat, I describe it like this:
Hmmm. It is time to eat. What do I want to eat? I am not sure. What do I like to eat? Nothing really stands out. Ok. What can I eat that will give me the best nutritional value for this meal which won't take too much time to prepare because I have to start doing the laundry. I then choose something and ask myself. Does this fit my calorie alottment for this meal and time of day? Does it cover my nutritional goals based on my daily plan? Yes. Great. Then I go ahead and eat.
When you start eating for nutritional reasons, you don't really want foods with no nutritional value. I found myself switching to choosing things with a high nutritional value (biggest bang for buck etc.) For example when I used to be hungry I would devor sandwich bread without anything on it to fill the void. Or eat 2-3 bananas with PB in one sitting. And don't even get me started on anything chocolatey. For some people carbs can be pretty diabolical because when you consume these they trigger nutrient storage. This means your brain can literally starve, which leads to over-eating. That is why the low carb diet can be so effective for some people. High carb diets work best for people who have bodies that don't go into heavy duty "storage mode" when they eat carbs. It just depends on the person's metabolism.
So to get back to your question. Can I eat whatever I want? Yes, but it is because what I want is foods with a high nutritional value, not a piece of cake or a bowl of ice cream, which for me has almost no nutritional value in relation to the number of calories. If I am going to eat carbs, I'll take them through veggies, spices or as incidentals in LC nutritional foods such as nuts or cheese. Carbs for me don't provide me with enough nutritional value to choose a high carby food over a low carb food. For example I used to love bananas....but they have too much sugar/calories vs. the micronutrients/fibre they offer, so I don't eat them. However I handful of pecans has a lot of fat and some protein. Another example is when I am making choices for dinner. I can't just eat a bowl of salad dressing and call that dinner. I have to pair it with something that makes sense. I choose a very low carb lettuce plus a bit of meat and put on my fatty salad dressing. All of the sudden I have a meal that makes sense. For the same number of calories I could eat a big piece of chocolate cake and icecream but I wouldn't get any vitamins or fiber with that. And I wouldn't get enough fat either. In my case it would cause an insulin spike and drive all the nutrients into storage and then my brain would be left "starving" again. Not a good choice for me. For some people I am not sure that happens to the same extent. I know a lot of people who can eat that way without gaining too much weight.
But you might be frustrated not understanding how the above is possible. But I can honestly say that my brain doesn't function the way it used to with respect to making food choices above. I literally can't "taste" the sugar in foods that used to set me off on random binges. And eating for reward is almost gone. Sometimes I still get mild bingeing urges when I am "down in the dumps." But I recognize the urge to use food to medicate myself, so I try to figure out a way to switch my brain off of those thoughts to the best of my ability. Having said that through, it took me awhile to get to this point. And part of it meant becoming obsessed over my diet. I feel like a nutcase when I realize that every calorie in my diet now has a purpose, but it does. And I am still trying to identify where along the way I stopped eating for nutritional reasons and used food as a reward. I remember when I was a kid eating a lot of processed foods and then gorgeing on chips, pop, cookies and baked goods on weekends. A typical meal when I was a kid was a piece of meat, cooked in dry heat, some canned or frozed mixed veggies, a potato or plain pasta for carbs and then maybe some canned fruit for desert. My mother cooked a lot of low fat meals because my grandfather was a farmer and my grandmother was a very skilled baker who was significantly overweight. When my mom got married she moved to the city and we ended up eating a lot of convenient foods. She thought TV dinners were the greatest thing that was ever invented. I can't imagine eating something like that now. Now that I think of it, that might be why I wanted to eat 5 chocolate eclairs after dinner!