On Sundays, I will answer some readers' questions in a post. If you have a question that you would like me to answer here on the blog, just send me an e-mail with the subject "Q&A", and I may include them in a future Q&A post. They don't have to be about weight loss or running--anything is game! (Remember, I'm not a doctor or dietician, or any sort of medical professional--I can only answer questions from my own experience).
Q. How do you battle temptations at the grocery store? I love that you don't keep binge food in the house, but I can't seem to stop buying the junk!
A. I wouldn't say that I don't keep binge foods in the house, because sometimes I will buy them with good intentions--and I try to refrain from binge eating. But for the most part, I do know what foods are nearly impossible for me to eat just one portion at a time, and I very rarely buy them. A short list of those foods: graham crackers, ice cream, regular sized chocolate chips (mini ones are okay), Reese's PB Puff's cereal, candy or cookies of almost any kind... there are more, but these are big ones that come to mind right away.
|Reese's PB Puffs are like crack to me!|
I know that some people have no problem eating junk food in moderation. I can do it with SOME foods, but the foods I listed above are the ones I really have a hard time with. So how do I battle the temptation of buying them at the grocery store? I actually don't have a very hard time with this. Once the food is home, it's VERY hard not to eat it. But at the grocery store, I just completely avoid the foods that I know will be a temptation to me.
A lot of the foods actually have bad memories attached to them--which probably sounds ridiculous, I know. But I can remember eating entire packages of Oreos in the past, and the thought of buying a package of Oreos now fills me with dread--it makes me feel depressed because it reminds me of when I was fat. There are certain flavors and brands of ice cream I can't eat for the same reason. Fast food does the same thing--I can't eat at McDonald's or Wendy's, regardless of what I order, because it gives me a bad feeling inside. I wish I could somehow create that bad feeling for all of my problem foods! ;)
If you have a hard time with buying binge foods, maybe you could send your spouse or friend to the store with a list? When I wasn't able to drive after my surgery, I ate like an angel, because I had to rely on other people to do the shopping for me ;) Of course, that only works if your spouse doesn't buy the junk as well!
Q. Did you have difficulty getting pregnant when you were overweight?
A. Not at all! I know that this is actually a really common issue for obese women to have, but fortunately, I didn't have any trouble getting pregnant. I got pregnant on the first try with both of my boys!
|Two days before I delivered Noah|
(who was 8 lbs, 8 oz)
Funny story: When I was working at Curves and Noah was about 9 months old, I told my boss (and friend) Del that I was thinking about getting pregnant again when Noah was about a year old. She told me that I should start trying right away, because it would probably take a few months. She had three kids and said that it took a little longer to get pregnant between each of them. So, because she was older and wiser, I decided to listen to her ;) Three weeks later, she got an earful on the phone when I had a positive pregnancy test!
While I had no trouble getting pregnant, I had VERY difficult pregnancies. With Noah, I had a condition called Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP). ICP is a condition during pregnancy that affects your liver; and the main symptom is severe itching. It basically makes your BLOOD itch, so everywhere that your blood flows itches like crazy. I would spend hours in a bathtub filled with cold water to try and numb my skin and lessen the severity of the itching. I was extremely sleep deprived because I was itching so badly, and I remember hallucinating one night--I kept begging Jerry to cut off my feet, and I was completely serious! It was awful. My doctor induced labor 14 days early because of the condition, and the symptoms went away within two days.
I was terrified of getting pregnant again, for fear of having the ICP. Thankfully, I didn't have ICP with Eli; but early in the pregnancy, my pubic bone became dislocated. I had such severe pain (right where you can feel your pubic bone in front) that I had a hard time walking. Again, my labor was induced early--10 days early this time, because Eli was huge. Even being 10 days early, he was 9 lbs. 10 oz. After Eli's birth, it became much worse. I was so uncomfortable at the hospital that I checked out at 1:00 in the morning to go home. I had to use a walker for a few weeks in order to move around. The only way I could sleep or lie down was with my legs completely straight and closed tightly together. I couldn't lift my legs to even put my pants on. I needed help to do everything. The pain eventually went away, but it took a long time.
After that experience with the pubic bone, I decided that I just couldn't go through that again--and Jerry and I decided that he would get a vasectomy, just in case I ever forgot about the pain and decided I wanted another baby! ;)
This e-mail wasn't a question, but I thought it was something I should post:
I have been reading about your breakfast of oatmeal for a while and that you use milk when cooking your oats. I tried it today for the first time. (The thought of hot milk just didn't sound great to me). Needless to say I have REALLY been missing out. Keep telling everyone about oats and milk because it really made all the difference. Yum!!!
I absolutely agree! Oatmeal is completely different when you cook it in milk rather than water. The flavor and texture are great! I like cow's milk best, but almond milk works too.
And now a question for all of you...
Do you have any foods that you associate with bad memories, for some reason or another? I know my dad won't eat onion soup because he had the flu one time when he ate it (and subsequently threw it up). I can't eat Turkey Hill Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream, because that is what I ate before I fainted and broke my jaw.