We all have different food habits and we all come with different food addictions. Some of us love wine (my Facebook account is full of people drinking wine) I love sugar, my mum loves her cheese and wine, then there is Dominic who loves everything!
When thinking about all the different foods and drinks we all eat it got me back to thinking about weight gain and what our trigger points are. And I decided to strip bare what food habits have taken over my family and led to weight gain so that you can then think of your own situations.
My mum has never had an interest in sugar and I doubt she eats in a year what I consume in a month! She’ll have some ice cream from time to time at our favourite burger bar but that is about it.
We will be out at our favourite restaurant and there will be a set menu that includes pudding and she’ll give it to my Dad and not be bothered at all that she is not getting any.
And in general her portion sizes will never be huge and when she goes out for steak she’ll complain the portion sizes are way too big and leave some for my Dad for which he will be delighted to receive.
On the other hand my mum has spent years in and out of Slimming World & Weight Watchers and has never been happy with her size. Even though she is what I would call a fat size 12 or a skinny size 14 with a BMI around the 23-24 mark.
Her vices are:
Cheese, Bread & Wine
I have never seen anyone eat so much cheese on the cheese board and when she has cheese and bread around no one gets close. Then there is the wine and I have no idea why her liver has not had any issues due to her love of wine!
We personally drink very little wine and buy the mini bottles and my mum has the big boxes and I estimate that around 10,000 calories are wasted on wine every week and that is why she constantly has to be careful of what she eats.
On the other hand I am the complete opposite and sugar is my drug of choice. I read recently that sugar has the same addiction powers as heroin and is much worse than cocaine. And I am not alone in being one of the many addicts to this drug.
I drink very little alcohol (none at the moment due to breastfeeding) and I am sure it wouldn’t bother me too much to give it up forever.
I do love my cheese but I could go cold turkey without any for a month and it wouldn’t bother me either and bread I could take it or leave it.
Sweets, chocolate and cakes are another issue completely. I polished off more than 3 kilos in weight of chocolate last Christmas with me having a 8 pound gain between Christmas & New Year. I just can’t help myself and try (most of the time) when I am in healthy eating mode to just have some dark chocolate. But sometimes the cravings get too much and I explode into a chocolate frenzy.
I worked out that over Christmas I went through 3000 calories a day just in sugary products and that is without the hidden sugar in the other foods that you forget have them naturally such as fruit.
You & Your Vices
Just imagine if you have your own vice and that just by chopping down this healthy vice by 80% how many calories you can save yourself and use it in a bid to lose weight?
Wine, sugars and fats are often the worst offenders but there are often others. Count calories for a week and see where your hidden calories are lurking.