I’m getting a lot of questions about my weight loss lately. One of the most common questions I get from people goes something like this:
Don’t you feel deprived because of all the foods you can’t have?
I actually do not feel deprived at all, difficult as that may be to believe or understand. When I started this thing, I told myself I could eat anything I wanted in moderation, as long as I stayed within the calorie limits I set for myself. Naturally, some things are better choices than others. A whole apple or 5 M&Ms? Seems obvious- the apple will make me fuller and provide necessary fiber and vitamins.
As I progressed, I started learning more and more about nutrition and started cutting foods out of my diet. This was not be cause of any hard-fast rule, it was because the more aware I became and the more I was conscientious about what I was eating, and the less foods seemed to be optimal for health.
One of the hardest things to cut out was High Fructose Corn Syrup. But I have successfully eliminated it from my diet. This required a lot of reading of nutritional labels. I was so sad the day I discovered HFCS in my favorite packaged hummus.
I also no longer consume anything labeled “Low Fat” because that label tends to hide other ingredients, especially an increase in carbohydrates. I want my fats to be fats and my carbs to be carbs. I don’t want cheese made of corn starch. I’m trying to get whole foods in their most natural state with the least amount of unidentifiable ingredients.
I don’t want these food substitutes. I want my health.
And now I am about to make another major change to my diet. I can no longer turn a blind eye to the horror of the meat industry. I’m planning a return to vegetarianism this week. It isn’t about eating meat- I’m okay with that. It’s about the industrialization of meat production. I do not find the practices acceptable on a health level, a human rights level, or an animal-cruelty level. And I can’t justify putting the type of meat that is readily available into my mouth anymore. I never really could- it was only willful ignorance that allowed me to eat it.
Unfortunately, it seems like the more I learn about the foods I’ve been eating, the less acceptable foods there are to eat. It is nothing less than incredibly disturbing.