Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Free food made me Fat!

Yep. That's right. Free food made me fat. WHY? Well, because I would get a plate, bite, bag or whatever I could grab of free food. Think about it: Those brownies waiting in the kitchen, that birthday cake your co-workers bring in, the plate of goodies or box of snacks that the vendors send over. Halloween candy, christmas cookies, winning a pizza lunch &  bags of....yes...Crunch-N-Munch. Yes. 

The Proof is in the HFC syrup! 

I got busted with a capital B the other day, at work, eating FREEE Junk food. Picture this: 

Little 'ole personal trainer me grabs a free small (does it matter?) bag of Crunch-N-Munch from a big box that a vendor or someone sent to the gym. So I take it up to the desk and munch away as I work when another trainer callls me on it. "What is THIS?" In my defense I said, it was free, downstairs and the other trainer replies "So just because it was free you had to take it and eat it..." then proceeds to read me the ingredients on the back. 

My first response? Mind your own business! Second response? You are totally right and I am eating like a bad trainer right now. Yes, it was free. That doesn't mean I have to take it. That doesn't even mean I SHOULD take it. 

1) it was free and I didn't have prepared snacks on me
2) it was convenient and I could it "under the table"
3) i was craving a treat and I gave in!
4) it didn't feel like an issue--I mean it was a gift to the office and we are a gym!

1) Free doesn't mean good food, often, it's worse for us. I need to have healthy snacks with me and the will power to chose those over other free food that isn't nutritious! 

2) After all, eating should be about fuel and nutrition as well as enjoyment. In all honesty, a bag of Crunch-N-Munch isn't THAT enjoyable. Let's face it, it kind of tasted like plastic. Aw! 

3) When I am craving a treat, I need to allow myself that or I feel deprived, but what KIND of a treat is always the key. I can have a square of dark chocolate on hand or a sweet protein drink, trail mix with little chocolate chips...something to fill my treat spot without scarfing down a bag of High Fructose Corn syrup in front of potential clients. 

4) It's about self control--I know what's good to eat and what's bad. But when I see that "FREE FOOD" I need to tell myself: 

There will always be more food. 
There will always be treats for me to have. 

I am all about moderation, but self control goes into that too. I have, in the past, eaten, without moderation, any and all free food insight. There will always be more cookies. There will always be more cake, there will always be more. 

It doesn't have to feel like desperation, in that if I don't take this, I will never get more. But sometimes it does and I need to remind myself there will always be more.  Am I down on junk food? YES. Am I down on treats? NO WAY. 

Am I down on falling into old habits? YES.
That is the old Mary, the old way of thinking about food.  
So thanks, trainer friend who I thought was a jerk at first, you helped me see(again) that free isn't REALLY free at all. It always comes with a price.

Do you ever feel like you HAVE to take or eat free food? Why? 
Do you regret it after you do? 


Sal said...

This is DEFINITELY something I'm guilty of. I have such a hard time resisting free food, even if it's something I don't even like! Bah!

Tricia said...

loved this! Just the other day I was telling my hubs theres no such thing as "free" food. We may not pay $$ for it, but we pay for it with our health.

Stacy said...

I have a saying at work to avoid just what you are talking about. "If I did not bring it or buy it I can not eat it." When I am following that rule it is so easier because everyone knows why I do not eat what they have brought in and do not get upset with me.

Wendi said...

This is great Mary! How thoughtful of you. I especially love your response to yourself: There will always be more food. Sometimes I feel like I have to eat because all the food is going to go away. Crazy. Must be a connection to my cavewoman foremothers.

Alyssa said...

Yeeeeeeees!! All the time! In fact, sometimes I almost dislike being invited to things because I know there will be tons of FREE YUMMY food there. Once I start, I know I will not be very good at self-control and motivation because it is all in front of me! Sad, huh?!

I try and eat before so that I won't feel as hungry, but that doesn't ALWAYS seem to work.

I will have to try your tactic and remind myself that there will always be more! This is probably one of my worst battles! Nice post girly! :D

musicmom24 said...

I actually think that your coworker was really rude! I think it is okay to have an occassional treat (junk food) now and then. Why should we beat ourselves up about it? Life is too short to feel bad about eating Crunch and Munch!

Mary said...

Dear Annon:
First: Don't be a coward, share a name or send me an email telling me how you really feel.

Second: I know, freedom of speech is a beautiful thing, but profanity like that on a BLOG comment? Why the hostility, I said free food made ME fat, not you. LOL!

NERDY blogger? You BET! LACK of Self control? Why yes, did you read the post? Oh, I see.

Sorry that you are offended by the pictures on the blog, it's the best I can do, although there are some crazy cat lady pics and some of food, little ole me on every page is not exactly spot on.

It's funny you think I should learn a little more about myself, I infact think the same thing. I am in a bible study that is covering true freedom in Christ and I have been learning a lot about pride and purpose, finding a lot of pride in my life these days. It's a wonderful thing to know that Jesus came to bind up the broken hearted and set us free from anger, bitterness, sadness, pride and despair! In all honesty, learning about MYSELF would still be on the egocentric side, so I am seeking after Christ to learn more and more about him everyday, that way I know know him and follow him more and more too. It's a beautiful thing.

Thanks for the thought provoking comment!

That Pink Girl said...

Mary, your attitude is inspiring to me. You handled that so well. I admire your honestly & your openness.

Alyssa said...

Mr/Ms. Anonymous,

Shame on you! You need to find better things to do with your time than bring other people down. Tells a lot about your self esteem. Mary, you are awesome! Keep doing your thing girl. Remember, "great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.":)

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