I have been trying to think how to add to the “HEALTHY WEIGHT EQUALS MORE iNDEPENDENCE” series. The healthy weight series has become popular, so how do I continue the series? I have come up with several ways. I will write about whatever is becoming a battle for eating healthy; this week’s blog will be about self-control when you are around food.
Self-control around food has always been a big issue, but I have noticed that my self-control around food has gone downhill over the last year. There are only so many times you can find your lack of self-control in social functions based on food, and there’s a time to eat and stop eating during these times.
Food is the center of many events in life, from the regular get-together/coffee hour to significant parties/holidays. When we start binge eating, it is something we can stand up to and take control of, and when do we say we need help. With everything going on globally, binge eating has been a comfort in the last few years because we have been confined to our houses. Food has become something to do and, sadly, look forward to because there hasn’t been much else.
Finally, the world has opened up, and there is much more to do and look forward to, but yet we spend so long with food being our only friend or something to look forward to that now that we are back in the world, how we train our brain and body that eating and food isn’t everything anymore? We do have lives again; we can go out again.
Two years or longer, people have been in their house letting their minds think the refrigerator, cabinets, and pantries run our lives, and nowhere is all this time later, and we are still in that mindset of “OMG” it’s been an hour since had lunch now I need eat a snack. People with a disability that limits their movement have been house bonded long before the pandemic. They will still house bonds long after—snacking and eating will always be an issue because, in some way, food gives anybody some kind of comfort. Still, the more weight people with cp or other physical disabilities have, the less independent they are.
It can be a challenge for us not to turn to food for comfort or loneliness because what the world experienced during the pandemic is typical for us; not that we are always in the house, but we aren’t as free to get around like most people. Food for me has always been a comfort to me in terms of something to do when I’m bored, lonely, or disappointed.
When you have cp or other physical disability, any amount of weight isn’t in our benefit, as I’ve discussed before. I have noticed that as much as I should be strict with myself, I have seen that my choice is healthier.
My PCA and I work on meal and snack prep. Snacking is a big issue for me. We cut up veggies and fruits and set them up so I could grab a snack. I have zip-lock bags of fruits and veggies that I use cheese or sunflower butter as dipping. I like my big meals like taking a few chickens and cooking them for the week with vegetables.
Having her prepare snacks and meals comes in handy for many reasons, and many because they can portion my snacks and meals out. It can also help in weight loss, help when we fitigue more easily when we have cp. Having a PCA is very beneficial when accomplishing a goal such healthy eatting