I have always liked fruits and veggies, but for some reason have the hardest time getting them into my daily life. Part of it is because the rest of my family is not real fond of anything which was once a plant and part of it is because I get just lazy and go with the flow.
In an effort to find healthy snacks to curb my hunger, I have been buying more fruit. Well, one day last week I was so hungry and there were still a few hours before dinner. I really did not want to eat that early because I knew that I would most definitely be hungry again in no time. After about 10 minutes of arguing with myself about what I wanted to snack on, I grabbed an apple (instead of the bag of Doritos). Not only did that apple satisfy me until it was time to eat dinner, but I ended up eating less at dinner.
OK, I know you are thinking to yourself that everyone knows that the fiber in fruit/vegetables is filling and they are packed full of all kind of nutrients, but one does not get to be 300+ pounds by thinking logically about food.
My relationship with food has been delusional to say the least. After all, there is corn in tortilla chips, and when you eat only one serving to curb hunger there is no harm, right? Fast forward 15 minutes. The entire bag is gone along with whatever I found to dip them in along with some soda or juice to wash it down and I am still hungry? Is that rational to anyone? It’s not even rational to me and I have done it hundreds if not thousands of times.
This seemingly small victory has started a huge trend for me. Strange as it sounds, that one apple gave me the ammunition I was looking for against my hunger. Every day since, I have eaten at least one apple and on most days I have eaten two throughout the day and amazingly enough I have not really been hungry. When I have gotten the urge to eat I have found that I am gravitating away from the junk and towards the apples, bananas, and pineapple. The extra bonus is that fruit is zero points if you are following Weight Watchers!
Maybe, just maybe, I am on to something. 🙂