Great Day to You, Friday Fun Facters!
God Bless Texas!: This time, with Native American artifacts in the drought-stricken Lake Whitney.
Dead, Jail, Or Rock N’ Roll: Texas law enforcement has made 30 arrests at Lake Whitney for disturbing burial sites and other “crimes against history.”
Like many of us, I have spent quite a bit of time fighting the battle of the bulge.(Special Note I: RobC, not that Battle of the Bulge!). Sometimes I win, sometimes, not so much. This year, I’ve made some serious strides that I am proud of. It has taken effort, sacrifice, determination, and a constant – I mean constant – battle with temptation.
It has also taken time to read articles and gain knowledge. Anything to I can do to learn some new hints as to how to best beat the cravings & pangs of wanting to eat food delicioso!
However, sometimes I read what amounts to ridiculous cognitions beyond the realm of practical comprehension or application. One example would be that when making a protein shake, I should “lick the yogurt off the spoon.” Really?! I do this anyway. Apparently, this one act would stop me from staring at every burger in fast food commercials like I’ve been lost in a rainforest for six months. Recently I came across one such article that made me question the theory contained within:
Control Your Appetite with Repetition
It’s called meal monotony. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?! The concept is to repeat your meals – meaning to eat the same foods for breakfast or lunch. By eating the same foods, your stimulus will change and you will eat less food overall.
And here’s my proof:
Most days I pack a peanut butter & jelly sandwich for lunch, along with a banana and yogurt. The biggest variety contained within is which brand of whole wheat bread I buy that week, and what flavor of yogurt I put in my lunch bag.
And guess what?! At the end of eating my lunch, the results are the same: all three items have been eaten in their entirety, sans packaging. I’ve been eating the same lunch for most of my time at my current organization, and there has NEVER been an instance when there was ANY sandwich, banana, or yogurt left over when I’m done.
That blows that theory out of the water.
The theory is also referred to as “school cafeteria syndrome.” I’m sensing a food fight coming on here.
Let’s also address the philosophical concept of meal monotony. You know what – I don’t think I want to be that healthy. If it takes meal monotony to get Brad Pitt or Ryan Reynolds abs, than I’m fine with adding some excitement to my eating regiment.
AND, if there’s a difference between living until I’m really old (like 40), or really, really old (like 60), or unbelievably old (like 110) because I’ve adopted the concept of meal monotony, then, I’m adding some excitement to my meals and taking my chances. I’m thinking an extra burrito or three isn’t going to make a big difference in the end anyway.
AND, here’s a question: what if you’re a couch potato & you eat the same foods every day?
Will you eventually eat less of those foods out of sheer boredom, and lose weight? My guess is not. As a matter of fact, my guess is that even if you add a “healthy option” for breakfast or lunch, that you won’t see the appropriate affects.
You know, I’m not a registered dietician, but I play one in my own life. Here’s what I’ve found works for me:
- Decrease soda
- Decrease fast food
- Increase whole grains
- Drink more water (yuck!)
- Gradually decrease your portions, even around the holidays
- Workout on a regular basis
- And, run, don’t walk, on occasion (Special Note II: Just for you, Meghan! I know you were waiting for it!)
Beyond that, it’s a crapshoot.
We all have different body types, different body chemistry, and different metabolisms. And that means we all have different methods of weight loss & programming that prove to be effective for us. We can all start with the basics as a foundation and add different elements to enhance our chances of being more physically fit. I’m pretty darn sure that meal monotony isn’t one of those methods that will prove to be the lynchpin that gets us to the next level.
Gotta jet – time to order a pizza…
Tunes of the Week:
Eat It – Weird Al Yankovic
Lunch Lady Land – Adam Sandler
Candy – Iggy Pop with Kate Pierson
Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino
Cherry Pie – Warrant
TV Dinners – ZZ Top
Lost In The Supermarket – The Clash
Ice Cream Man – Van Halen
Chicken & Biscuits – Colt Ford
Raise A Hearty Glass!
May Your Friday Be Followed By A Scrumptious Saturday!
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