Six years after weight loss surgery, I still struggle with food. I do have “good” days where I effortlessly make good choices, but most days it is not that easy.
I still crave “bad” foods. I would rather eat carbs than protein, and I like fatty foods. Very few things that I like are good for me, and I’m weak when it comes to food. How do I keep it from holding such power over me?
Honestly, I work hard at it. These are my “Struggle Strategies.”
- I focus on my “why.” For me, it is having many years to be with my family, do the things I want to accomplish, and make a difference in the world. Keeping my “why” firmly in view helps me overcome those times when I want to make poor food choices.
- I begin the day with high quality protein and that helps me make better food choices all day long. I love my Unjury Chocolate Splendor protein shake as it fills me up and tastes great.
- I distract myself. I find that I make better food choices when I am busy and I have less chance to obsess about food.
- I try to never get too hungry as I’m more prone to eat junk. So, I almost always keep a decaf coffee mixed with an Unjury ready-to-drink vanilla protein shake by my side. It also keeps my blood sugar steady throughout the day.
- I track my food. It helps me know what’s in different foods (protein, carbs, fats and calories) and heightens my awareness of what I’m eating.
- I have a bariatric accountability partner that I share the ups and downs of my day. She also helps me with any food-related commitments that I need to make.
It’s not easy. I wish that I naturally wanted to make healthy food choices, but these things help me overcome my struggle with food.
If you can relate, why don’t you try just one today?
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