Monday, October 7, 2013
AIM: Kickoff to the Eating Season
And of course, as any coffee drinker knows, the pumpkin-spiced latte has returned to coffeehouses everywhere, along with pumpkin bread, scones and pretty much anything pumpkin-flavored you can think of. While I do like those treats, for me, the high calorie count just does not make it worthwhile to eat them, even though they're only here for a limited time and I'll miss my chance and then what?! The lure of the pumpkin bandwagon is strong: I met two friends at Starbucks on a Sunday afternoon recently, and while waiting in a long line to order, I swear I was the only person not getting a PSL (that would be pumpkin-spiced latte, for the uninitiated). The barista even asked me "no syrup?" when I ordered my iced non-fat latte...yes, I'm the oddball who resists the pumpkin.
Along with all things candy and pumpkin comes football games and the food that must go with them. We are a college football-watching family, which comes partly by living in a college town (with the current Heisman trophy winner, no less). Game days around here mean tailgating and food, food, food - you don't dare go to the grocery store on a Friday before gameday...I swear there's more people shopping at that time than there is right before Thanksgiving! Football and food seem to go hand-in-hand, and that's been a challenge for me. While I like the idea of it, and I used to like laying in all kinds of snacks and food for the games, it's not a good thing for dieting or weight maintenance, so we pretty much stick to our standard meals and forgo the "football food" mentality for the most part.
The main thing that I try to do during this, the beginning of the Eating Season, is to not buy into the hype. It can be a challenge some days, because the lure of the fall treats seems to be everywhere. But for too many years I DID buy into it, and my body paid the price. Yes, it's fun to see certain kinds of candy appear on the grocery store shelves. However, I have lived long enough to know that it will reappear again and again, along with all things pumpkin, and of course, the football snacks. My goal is to see beyond the hype of the seasonal treats and understand that it's just food that I don't need if I want to maintain my new lower weight...which I do.
AIM: Adventures in Maintenance is Lynn, Lori, Debby, Shelley, and Cammy, former weight-loss bloggers who now write about life in maintenance. We formed AIM to work together to turn up the volume on the issues facing people in weight maintenance. We publish a post on the same topic on the first Monday of each month. Let us know if there is a topic you'd like us to address!