The Food Lovers/Dieter’s Dilemma

Happy Friday!

Just because the word “dilemma” is in this post’s title doesn’t mean it’s a Debbie Downer.

I just wanted to share a dilemma that has plagued me for years, which I’m sure some of you are familiar with. I call it the Food Lovers/Dieters Dilemma. It all boils down to a simple question:

How do you keep eating all the rich foods you love while trying to lose weight?

Of course, the answers are obvious: everything in moderation. Exercise. Balanced meals. Follow the skinny girl rules by Bethenny from Naturally Thin (okay so not everyone follows this but I really love that book).

But it’s hard!

I mean, it’s hard to say no to this:

mac and cheese

Mac and Cheese by Martha Stewart*

Let alone this:

grilled chocolate sandwich

Grilled Chocolate Sandwich by Martha Stewart*

*Martha Stewart is the queen of beautiful food photographs that accompany easy-enough recipes. Oh and I personally would prefer a grilled nutella-and-banana sandwich but as always, I’m good with anything that involves chocolate.

Anyway my eating ways have changed drastically during the last couple of years (for the better. I can honestly say I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been). But my love for food, all kinds of food – from a grease-fest to a vegan-fest – hasn’t changed; in fact, I probably love food even more now because I’ve learned to truly appreciate it. And I’m talking and reading and writing even more about food, thanks to that wonderful Food Writing class in Harvard last year, which really awakened my food blogger instincts. However, another thing that has not changed is my constant desire to lose weight. I admit that I actually work out pretty obsessively. But I also eat a lot. Mostly healthy things, but still a lot. And while I haven’t gained any weight lately (thank God), I also have “stabilized” with my weight loss for a lonnnngggg time.

So what’s a food lover/dieter to do? Everything in moderation. Exercise. Balanced meals. Probably more exercise. And less calories. Wish me luck!

Do you experience this too? Any advice? As I mentioned earlier, I don’t mean to be negative and complain, I’m just sharin’. I actually have a pretty positive outlook on trying to lose weight slowly but surely, but I’d love to hear how other food lovers/dieters do it!


4 Responses to “The Food Lovers/Dieter’s Dilemma”

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    MelissaNibbles posted April 10, 2010 at 7:29 am

    I’m not a chocolate lover, but I love anything with vanilla and if there’s frosting involved…I’ll dive in face first. Also, mac & cheese is my downfall. I’ve had to be rolled out of Stephanie’s On Newbury on numerous occasions after gorging on their mac & cheese.
    The way I balance it out is to have one night, usually a Saturday or Friday night, where I let myself have whatever I want for dinner. It could be a huge dessert or a huge plate of mac & cheese. One meal isn’t going to sabotage my workout efforts or make me gain twenty pounds. It keeps me sane!

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    B posted April 10, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Ahhh I LOVE the mac and cheese at Stephanie’s too (with prosciutto? yes please)! Thanks for the tip, that is actually a really good one, to have one night “off”. You’re right, it’ll keep me sane too!

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    comprar propecia posted April 10, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I added your blog to bookmarks. And i’ll read your articles more often!

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    Daisy@Nevertoosweet posted March 1, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Hello ;) It’s my first time here ~ great looking blog! I’m totally in LOVE with Bethenny Frankel’s Naturally Thin! It’s definitely helped me too~ I’ve cut out on a lot of bad junk but hahaha haven’t been doing very well lately! Been eating way too much food while on holidays ~

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