Thursday, October 16, 2014
What is it that sets me off? I don't know what it is, but there are days I want to eat non-stop. And I mean literally just keep chewing and chewing until my jaw seizes... except it never does. I've always been a lover of food; a little is never enough. Some people talk about emotional eating or bordom eating.... seriously gang.... I will eat just to eat. I will eat because things are going bad; I will eat because things are going great. I will eat because nothing's on TV; I will eat because something good is on. I will eat because I'm going out, or because I'm staying in. There is no rhyme or reason to why I binge. I know, because I've been journaling about it for years. But recently, I've noticed that there are certain foods that have been making me feel satisfied, that I can also eat a lot of, but doesn't cause damage to my weight loss achievements. Here is a list of foods I've been incorporating into my binge days
*479 Degrees Asiago, Parmesan and Cheddar Popcorn - found at Target. At 130 calories for 3 cups, I can sit and eat an entire bag for only 520 calories. Not too bad for say, "taking in a movie"!
*Peanut Butter and Celery - found EVERYWHERE!!! 4 celery stalks and 2 Tbsp. of peanut butter are VERY satisfying and VERY filling and only 220 calories!
*Vita Tops Deep Chocolate mini cakes - also found at Target. These babies are only 100 calories a piece with a ton of fiber and even some protein (they are practically a health food)! I can eat an entire box of this chocolatey goodness and only consume 400 calories!!!! Talk about a binge that won't kill your diet!!!
*Blueberries - found EVERYWHERE! So these babies are 85 calories for 1 whole cup! You can fill up a HUGE bowl with 4 cups of blueberries and go to town and you haven't even hit 350 calories! Layer an entire cup of blueberries with 8 oz. of blueberry flavored greek yogurt and some fat free Reddi Whip topping and you have a HUGE dessert for only 210 calories!!!
*Jicama (pronounced Hicuma) - Found in most produce sections. If you haven't tried Jicama, it is what you get if a potato and an apple had a baby! The filling effects and crunch of the potato, but the flavor of an apple and sooooo yummy!!! They are best served cold and REALLY satisfy when you have an urge to crunch! One cup of Jicama is only 50 calories. This is another one where you can fill up a huge bowl with like 4 cups and just fill up!
Ok gang... these are my new go-to's when I want to really pig out. It also allows me to quit berating myself when I am overcome with the urge to eat. BTW, a little side note, if you're working out regularly, experts say that the urge to binge sometimes is normal. Choose your food choices wisely and go for it. Maybe, like me, you'll discover the urge overtakes you less frequently!