Thursday, April 14, 2011

Having, Without Having More

It is impossible to live pleasurably without living wisely, well and justly, and impossible to live wisely, well and justly without living pleasurably. ~ Epicurus
I am going to post what I ate today. Sorry, no photos of the food. Later in this post I will explain why there are no photos of my meals. 

Bkfst: 1/4 of a Mango, 1 Serv 8 Grain Cereal (no wheat) and 2 Tbs Flax Meal,  4 Egg white omelet with salsa
No morning Snack
Lunch: 1 serv Chili Beans, 4 oz (cooked) 94% lean ground beef, carrots, mustard, lettuce, tomato, balsamic vinegar
Afternoon Snack: 8 oz fat free Greek yogurt, 1 c frozen raspberries and 1 medium banana
Dinner: grilled chicken, 6.5 oz cooked, 1/2 sweet potato, grilled baby eggplant (with evoo)
Evening snack: 8 oz skim milk with 1 oz sugar free Toroni Chocolate syrup

You add all this up and it comes to 1453 calories, 165 grams of carbs, 147 grams of protein, 30 grams of fat and 30 grams of fiber. The food was simple and tasty and satisfying (filling). No particular meal made a party in my mouth and for today I was not looking for that. I could have taste without wanting more. I could have quantity without wanting more. I could appreciate the concept of eating to live and not living to eat. 

Some days I want more party in my mouth; I want more exciting fare. I can get that and still stay with my way of eating but I do not have to have the bells and whistles each and every day. Do not misunderstand: I still want to enjoy my food and experience the delights my taste buds can bring to me, I just do not have to get that 'fix' at every meal. 

Now, why no food photos today? 
I know several blogs dedicated to weight loss where the photos of the day's meals seem to be more substantial than the actual post. Why do we do this to each other? Does it in any way help me to see photos of the meal you ate 6 hours ago? I think not. Does it help you? I don't know about that, I only know my own experience. If I see photos of appetizing food I am going to think about that food. What is tastes like. How does it go with that side dish? Does that taste better if it is basted first? No, I do not need to look food photos while seeking the strength and encouragement to continue keeping the pounds off. Chances are I will still come back to offer support and just avert my eyes from the photos. I can do that today. There was a time when I could not. There are many people reading our blogs today who will think of the food they are seeing long after they forget the topic of our posts. 

It makes sense to have food photos on the recipe page or the products page and occasionally I show a photo of a food if it is part of the post topic. Other than that, I consider it food porn and I am trying not to use food images that way on This blog will be a food porn free zone - most of the time.  When food photos are in the post I will give a loud 'food porn' warning.

Do you struggle with weight loss messages that are accompanied by photos of foods & feasts? 



E. Jane said...

That's why I love your blog! It makes a lot of sense.

Jane Cartelli said...

Thanks E.J. I accidently posted before I finished editing it so I hope you like the final version.


E. Jane said...

The post is great! When I see photos of food, I always compare it to what I'm eating, and I usually come up short. During the weight loss process, I have learned that spending too much time in the kitchen on food prep can be counterproductive. Prolonged proximity to what I am preparing, as well as other foods in cupboards, fridge, etc., can be too tempting, and in a vulnerable moment--you know what can happen.

I need to keep my food simple (at least for most of the time).

Anonymous said...

I think it's really weird when people photograph what they eat. It doesn't tempt me but it feels a bit obsessive to me.

I enjoy your blog!


Ice Queen said...

Thank you so much for your guest post at Motivation for Health and Fitness. Thank you so much for sharing your story, there.

I am a long way from maintenance but I figure it is never too soon to start forming game plans and learning. So that is what I am doing as I lose.

I am now following you and have added you to my blogroll. I am looking forward to reading your blog and learning from you.

Jane Cartelli said...

I think the only way to succeed is to keep learning and use what we learn constantly. Welcome to Keeping the Pounds off!


Vickie said...

I am curious to see if you wrote about Dr Barbara's related post on this topic as I read closer to current.

The foodies are pretty deeply entrenched/enbedded in their thinking about food 24/7. I actually can see, that in the very beginning stages, where it is all such a big deal and hard, that it might actually be helpful to post their meals for the first few weeks. But many years later, it is some sort of avoidance or something. And there appears to be no arguing with them. I wouldn't argue if it appeared to be working. And unfortunately, they enable each other.