Food is seductive. The Food Network, cook books, and advertisers understand the power of creating allure for food. Food imagery sells.
Certainly, we mortals consume for sustenance; additionally, we eat for our hearts and souls. As the old adage goes, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”
Unfortunately for many of us, food becomes our drug of choice. Some drink. Some abuse drugs. Some cheat on their spouses.
I became a card-carrying food addict. After my separation and divorce, I would pick up my two toddlers from their grandparents at the end of the day and drive home, stopping at a convenient drive-through fast-food restaurant. Those choices were high-fat, low-fiber, and sodium-laden meals. I ordered too many pizzas and Chinese deliveries for the three of us. Cookies, cakes, and pies, oh my! It’s amazing that my son and daughter, now 20 and 16 years old, respectively, are growing up as slim young adults. I, on the other hand, put on over a hundred pounds from this poor diet and lifestyle of sedentary office work and coming home to watch my young people.
The simple calculus for losing weight is to increase exercise and decrease caloric intake. A part of my weight loss strategy has been to keep very little food in the cabinets and refrigerator in my home. It is easy to resist cravings when the cupboards are bare.
But what happens when the inevitable cravings hit? Dial Papa John’s Pizza?
I love beans!!! Beans are a slow-burn carbohydrate; therefore, once ingested, they digest slowly. As a result, a person gets hungry slower than from eating many other foods. I like to make a big pot of beans over the weekend, and I nuke a bowl in the microwave oven without an iota of guilt whenever I need a quick meal.
But beans are boring, right?
Nope! I like to shake red pepper flakes and drizzle some olive oil atop mine. On other occasion, I add diced tomatoes (fresh or canned), chopped onions, and/or shredded cheese. Try some sour cream, bacon bits, or cilantro. There’s nothing like having a healthy, tasty, and filling food waiting to slake my heart’s desires.
What’s your strategy for fighting your hunger pangs? I hope you take a moment to respond. Thanks in advance!
Consistency, not intensity!
God bless you,
PS Here’s a great blog that covers some slow-burn carbs: