Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Finding Your Flaw Diet

Hey everybody, I'm going to be a gazillionnaire!  I finally found the answer to all of our diet and weight loss problems!  


Luckily I've never seriously struggled with my weight, being able to balance healthy eating with exercise for the majority of my life.  There's been times, though, that I've seen the scale fluctuate up and down - in between pregnancies, adjusting to college life, during periods when working out was hard to fit in.  But I'm not one of those people that doesn't have to try.  Staying this size is a constant work in progress.  I'm consistently denying myself foods that aren't healthy, watching my calories, reading the newest diet trends, and fitting in times to exercise.  As Mindy Kaling once said:


Truth.

So back to my gazillion dollar business idea.  I'm going to write a book titled "Fixing Your Food Flaws".  The first part is going to be a survey where the reader truthfully answers questions such as:

~ At a buffet, what is the first food you put on your plate?

~ When you go to a restaurant, do you look forward to the bread basket more than your entree?

~ Do you meal plan?

~ What time of day do you consume the most calories?

~ Are you a grazer, or do you eat only at meal times?

~ What would your last meal on earth consist of?

Etc, etc, etc.

The answers from this survey would give you an insight as to where your food flaws lie.  For example, you might be an over-eater, or an under-eater, or a carb lover, or a late-night snacker, or a fast food junkie, or an emotional eater, or a scrupulous health nut.  Whatever the case may be, you'll figure out your food personality and pinpoint what poor decisions you are making.

Then you will flip to the chapter in the book that teaches you how to overcome this food flaw.  It's like a Choose Your Own Adventure for dieters!!  So the person who tends to overeat at meal times will be taught how to count calories and control portions.  The person who is ordering out every night will be taught how to meal plan and grocery shop.  The person who emotionally eats chips late at night will learn coping mechanisms with a list of healthy snack options.  

There is no such thing as one diet that fits all.  I may have had success with a plan like Weight Watchers (and I did once) because at that time I needed to learn portion control.  But now that I know that, it isn't my problem anymore.  My problem now is that I under-eat during the day and chow down at night on junk food.  So I need to learn how to meal plan better and balance my caloric intake throughout the day.  After I solve that, I may need to learn to cut back on carbs and sugar - it's all about the journey towards health, not an instant result.  Baby steps to answers that will get you where you want to be, all based on what major food struggle you are having right now.  


So what do you think?  A success in the making?  After this book, I can write one on Working Out Your Weaknesses and then Strengthening Your Spiritual Side.  Now I just need a publisher, and a ghostwriter, and some free time ;)

16 comments:

  1. Knowing thyself is key! I almost did a whole 30 in September, but I would keep on coming back to the fact that I know I don't have a problem with dairy and grains, it's sugar and alcohol that I could use a break from! So I gave up sugar and alcohol and I dropped 4 pounds in 2 weeks. Now I'm trying to stick to what my sisters and I call "the Joan diet" (named after my mom) which is no sugar and alcohol on days that don't begin with S. I also have to workout several days a week and make sure I'm sticking close to fruits, veggies and protein at every meal, but for me the kicker is sugar and alcohol. I just shouldn't be having it every day!

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    1. Same here! Our general rule is drinks are for weekends and date nights and holidays :) We try to eat healthy all week, and then treat ourselves a bit more on weekends, but not whole hog crazy, usually we eat a healthy breakfast and lunch and then indulge at dinner. And exercise has to happen at least every other day or I go stir crazy!

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  2. Oh, and I love that Mindy quote! So true.

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  3. Go for it. I'd like to reserve the first copy, please.

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    1. I'll send you a signed copy ;)

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  4. WRITE IT!!!! I'd definitely read it. Aside from my love of choose your own adventure books, I continually have different issues with food. Like you my old problem was portions and lonely-eating, but now it's putting my own needs last. And then devouring kid food because I waited too long to eat. You would be awesome at this :)

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    1. A diet book you could actually read over and over again as your personal habits change! Glad to know I'm not alone!

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  5. I'll buy it! It would have to be less confusing that THM!

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  6. I think this is a great idea and I would def buy it. I am in the category of wanting sugar all the time. Get it done!

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    1. At least you have a good excuse right now :)

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  7. Fabulous! You are so good!
    I wanted to call you today so I definitely will soon! Miss you and wish we could go for a fairhaven power walk!

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    1. Miss you too, I'm so excited you're going to be an Auntie again soon!!

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  8. I am totally all over this book idea! Do it! We need it! I'm sitting at 7 weeks postpartum trying to figure out how to lose the last few pounds, making workouts work for me with very little time and yet see results (I've got some problem areas that ain't lookin' like they did a year ago, baby). And then I eat. It's not bad all the time, but my belly pooches out if I even stick several carbs or small amount of sweets in there. Aargh. I'm feeling frustrated since I ate the best EVER this pregnancy and really watched portions, but the body doesn't necessarily show that. I know, I know, postpartum stuff is different and it takes time. I do need to figure out the balance of all this as I get toward the big 4-0 in a few years. I also know that skipping too many workout days just doesn't work for me in all areas as it does help me mentally and emotionally too.

    Ok, so write the book already!! I'm totally into the Choose Your Own Adventure style. Sell it, girl!! :)

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    1. Sarah, you are sooooo skinny, you need not worry about your weight ever!! I understand the menta/emotional workout reasons all too well :)

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  9. I think the book is a great idea! I'm sure you could get a nutritionist on board (not that just you writing it isn't enough), I completely agree with the concepts of the book!

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