My photographer friend Jeanette just sent me this article, a good summary of the main “styles” of eating, or relationships to food:
Regarding my waist-training program coaching students, I’ve found the styles mentioned, ring true.
One early student, my third, told me that she had little food when she grew up in a poor family and afterwards had a struggle with her weight because it was “feast or famine.” When she grew up, had a nice job, and could afford to shop and eat well, she did–but overeat she did, too. We had to work hard on portion control and rearranging her thinking to an adult nurturing level as she practiced a new diet and corseting to drop some pounds. The simple (but not only) step of changing her plate size to a smaller one, helped her reach her goals.
Another potential student told me she grew up being permitted to eat a lot of junk food–and in the past, she did and accordingly, ballooned up in weight and size. She found it quite easy to fall back on old habits and put on a lot of weight very quickly, even after she had been ‘eating clean’ for a good long time (see great picture of a very healthy dinner). Sadly enough just before commencing her program, she elected not to continue, so I don’t know how she fared after that.
And then there is the “caring parent” or nurturing culture, that uses food to express love, and like my Southern mom, pushed sweets and caloric snacks on guests…and either pushed or permitted way too many sweets on us children, too!
I used to serve dessert after every meal, a pattern I had adopted from my family style of eating. Once I decided 3.5 years ago to give up almost all added white sugar, I cleaned my fridge and quit buying ice cream and other sweets. Just the other day I made the most delicious banana bread using no white sugar, two bananas, almond and wheat flour, and dates. Really delicious now that I have cleaned out my palate from expecting sugary sweets.
Our corseting house guest just left, and the last night I cut in two pieces (2/3 and 1/3) a famous San Francisco treat called “It’s It.” If you ever are here, try one! It’s basically a yummie chocolate iced ice cream sandwich in choice of three flavors. My partner commented after eating his 2/3 piece, wow, this tastes almost sickeningly sweet — I need to get a glass of water as the sugar is almost burning my mouth.
To change any unhelpful style or habit of eating and food choice, we have to give ourselves sufficient time for tastes to change, and keep an experimental attitude to try and keep trying a variety of veggies and fruits as we decrease fats and protein–a corset friendly diet as I call it, for serious waist training. Mind you I’m not for this or that diet fad! But restricting the stomach while corseting with a waistline inch or weight loss goal, mandates a more sensible approach that includes reducing sweets, acids, and fats.
Be sure you analyze your own “style” of eating and ask what attitudes you have developed regarding food, that persist from your childhood. Knowledge of how we got to where we feel we need to change, will help us make the right choices for a healthy future!