"We only eat frozen yogurt"

Written by weightwatchers.com editors on 7/28/2010 5:18 PM | COMMENTS (20)

That was the response I received last night when I offered some guests real vanilla ice cream with homemade mixed berry crumble. And it made me very sad. How can you swear off a food forever?

Personally, I’d rather have a scoop of premium ice cream at a party every once in a while than fat-free frozen yogurt five days a week. To me, the ice cream is pure pleasure; the fat-free yogurt, a poor substitute for something I love.

But it’s taken me years to be able to enjoy that scoop of ice cream, guilt-free. And I fully understand that some people cannot let go of the feeling that they’ve done something “bad” when they eat something rich and delicious. They feel like a “bad” person and that they’ve messed up, so they might as well eat every “bad” food they can get their hands on.

I’ve been there and done that and here’s how I got past it. I had to realize that there are NO BAD or GOOD foods. Food is an inanimate object. It has no feelings. And it does not pass judgment. I am not a bad or good person based on what I eat. Food is fuel. I can enjoy any food in moderation and be healthy - balance is key.

Leslie Fink, MS, RD

Categories: FoodHealth

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  • Post Image betsann (beth)

    8/1/2010 10:26 PM
    Loved this! People are starting to comment about my weight loss...everything from "have you been sick" to "what are you taking"...they also are watching EVERYTHING I put in my mouth. Guess what? I do eat very "good" food. The tastes and textures satisfy me more than the bland, artificially created foods. I even made a healthier version of my grandma's home made ice cream! It was delious!! Beth

  • Post Image sealgrl

    8/4/2010 7:31 PM
    Pretty rude response from guests. "No thank you" is much more polite. Your vanilla ice cream with homemade mixed berry crumble sounds fab!

  • Post Image rebell0500

    8/4/2010 7:39 PM
    I've got enough on my plate- ahem and giggle- without worrying about which foods are bad or good. I follow the GHGs, eat something I desire when the tug comes, and keep it moving. I'm doing ok.

  • Post Image bjwelter

    7/30/2010 11:35 AM
    I love ice cream too and was so happy when the Skinny Cow brand came out with the 2pt cups of flavored ice cream! Give it a try, it's really good! I too have family members that try to guilt me into things I shouldn't and have given in to them in the past. I've been away from meetings for4 months, and only gained 2 pounds, however, showing the plan works even when I wasn't following it. Now I'm back and ready to lose to my goal weight!

  • Post Image lamlib47

    7/28/2010 9:16 PM
    I feel that way about butter and cheese. I would rather have a little bit of the real thing rather than something that tastes like plastic(low fat cheese) and then feel deprived.

  • Post Image lruhman

    8/2/2010 12:48 PM
    I believe strongly that in order to succeed at weight loss you have to take those times to "cheat" with a controlled portion of whatever it is you are craving. I cannot imagine going through life eliminating those treats I love; just controlling how much and how often I have them.

  • Post Image lauracedar

    8/2/2010 1:53 PM
    There are days that I don't eat foods on my rich list, because I want bulk rather than balance. Those days, it's eight ounces of greek yogurt and fresh strawberries or blueberries or canteloupe for three points of maximum bulk. Other days, I'm willing to spend five points on something smaller and richer. But I have passed up desserts because I didn't want to do small and rich that day. But no bad or good food. Yes!

  • Post Image pattylaforte

    7/30/2010 10:49 PM
    For some people who haven't eaten ice cream in a long time, it creates some - shall we say - digestion issues. So once off of it better to not indulge. I also have to say - all of my skinny friends have things they never ever eat - like french fries and ice cream. Sounds horrible to me not to have them once in a while - but seems to work for them.

  • Post Image shirle6

    7/31/2010 12:15 PM
    What brand? or is there a number of them that carry that flavor?

  • Post Image nonyen

    7/30/2010 6:09 PM
    As a self-proclaimed Cookie Crackhead (LOL), I can readily empathize with those who find a food group as off limits as it is considered BAD.In this stage of my weight loss struggle, "moderation" does not exist when it comes to certain food groups. It sends me spiraling into a desire for more of the same, obliterating an effort to reduce my waistline. So if ice cream is their Kryptonite, so be it. I have mine and we all must have some equivalent.. otherwise why would we all be here.

  • Post Image sunriseinba40

    7/28/2010 5:56 PM
    I don't LOVE ice cream so it is no sacrifice for me not to eat it.. And I particularly don't like homemade ice cream, the texture is all wrong.

  • Post Image nansrella1

    7/28/2010 8:01 PM
    Yeah, I'm into the real stuff. No fake ff stuff for me! well, with the exception of spray butter pam to cook my egg white omlet in the am. RED light foods for me can be in my fridge but once I start eating, it's all over..

  • Post Image nonny2t

    8/2/2010 11:14 AM
    I have always felt to go completely opposite and give up everything you ever loved makes life pretty boring. Another thing, we need to learn CONTROL and I believe control involves allowing yourself favorites but controling the size of portions and how often we eat them rather controling by never eating them again. Food is not evil, how we eat it is what is bad.

  • Post Image toria1324

    7/28/2010 9:41 PM
    I am the same way about salad dressing. A sandwich isn't a sandwich without Miracle Whip so I just have a small amount instead of ruining the whole meal with fat free.

  • Post Image lostinayarn

    7/28/2010 11:47 PM
    Thanks for that! I feel so sad when people at my meeting talk about good and bad foods. I sometimes want to yell that there aren't either, just choices. I spent years feeling guilty about food and getting fatter and fatter. When I joined WW finally the thing I loved the most was being able to eat foods I used to feel guilty about. I learned eating them in reasonable portions within my points allowance was fine, and I finally felt freedom! Fifty lost pounds later I still enjoy no more guilt.

  • Post Image jacapri

    7/28/2010 8:40 PM
    Hey, I hear you. This morning at 1:30 I felt ravished,raided the fridg, and found white castle DOUBLE cheeseburgers!!! I ate all three of them and to my dismay, I was only left with 8 points for the rest of the day. OK, I woke up and had some cherries for breakfast, 1 cup for 2 points, and that left me with lunch and dinner to go and only 6 points! I made a swiss cheese with honey mustard and lots of lettuce, tomatoes and onions for 3 pts. Dinner will be a 2 pt. smart one. 30 pts. for my day!

  • Post Image luanne555

    7/29/2010 1:03 PM
    That is what I love about Weight Watchers, it is not a diet, it is a way of life, which now includes the words Moderation and Balance.

  • Post Image kjoyn40

    7/29/2010 6:19 AM
    This is the reason that I have never dieted before. I just did not want to give up the foods I love. But, now I know on WW I can still enjoy those foods just in moderation. I just started so wish me luck!

  • Post Image saidie3

    7/30/2010 11:02 AM
    I think everyone knows what their body can tolerate. I agree with the post that we can anything on this program but my motto is I can't have everything. There are some things that send me down a road I cannot recover from. So I say no when offered those items. Brownies are not a bad food but I do have abnormal affinity to them and will respond as my Dad did to Whiskey. So I say no because I can't overeat when I don't take the first bite. But that's just me.

  • Post Image kehoo1 (karen)

    7/29/2010 11:58 AM
    I agree...I have done the guilt thing as well....what is the point! Moderation is the key!


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