Alternate title: Are All Foods Created Equal?
My answer to both questions is of course not. But an email exchange I had with Janell (POD) over something I wrote in Friday's Mishmash got me thinking.
Janell commented with "Why is this statement below considered "going off the deep end?"
"Oikos Chocolate yogurt AND a couple of Dove dark chocolate Promises every evening? It's less than 200 calories total,..."
The only "going off the deep end " I see is your judging what you are eating because it's chocolate (less than 200 calories?) What makes the pecans, chicken, & gorgonzola not a deep end?
I thought about that and emailed her back with "You make a good point about the chocolate vs. other food. I guess I have been a little lax in eating too many calories, total, for the day - I think I need to go back to being a little more careful about everything I put into my mouth."
And she responded with "I couldn't understand why you were so down on yourself for the yogurt and small chocolates when all that other food was going into your gullet too. Why do we beat up on ourselves for chocolate when that's such a pleasure? I would have loved to see you beating yourself up over eating the lettuce in the salad. (makes about as much sense)"
As I navigate this strange place I'm in - mostly maintenance, although every once in a while I manage to lose a pound or two, I'm still trying to figure out what is "normal" for me to be eating. I have most definitely let go on how regimented I was with my diet, and I think that was a necessary, good thing. I do believe that I can have tastes and treats every once in a while, but I don't want to start that five or ten pound swing that a lot of losers (and of course I say that with total affection, being one of them) get on. (Of course, to really know that I would need to weigh myself on a more regular basis, and I've let go of that as well, as I was getting a little *too* focused on the number on the scale, which is NOT a good thing for me).
So what's the deal? What do YOU, my wise readers, think? Is there a point where you let go on certain foods, or are you equally stringent when it comes to everything you eat?