I was recently speaking to a woman who was on a diet. It was one of those diets I have nightmares about. All she did was drink shakes five times a day. I haven't been on this type of diet for twenty years. When I drank my meals I used to blend some sickening powder in the blender with water. I guess times have changed. This woman was drinking her dinner out of a juice box container. I didn't say anything to her about this. I didn't grab her by the shoulders and look into her eyes and tell her that this WAS INSANE. I just sat quietly and minded my own business. But after she left, I was bummed out. I know what it is like to be hungry. I know what it is like to think drinking chemical filled drinks is the solution. I know what it is like to follow up a few weeks of liquid fasting with a huge storm eat. Painful.
As I reflect, it is unfathomable to imagine that I did this dieting myself. I still can't believe the food (was it even?) I put into my body in the name of thinness. One diet I went on had an entire meal plan that didn't need to be refrigerated. I ate full dinners that I pulled out of the cupboard-heated in the microwave and ate out of tiny plastic containers. When your starving anything tastes good, good enough to lick the bottom of the tiny manufactured packaging.
At the time it made sense to me. I justified this behavior because being thin was the solution to all my problems. I conned myself into believing that prepackaged, expensive deprivation would set me free. Now, I can't imagine how I falled for it.
I am not asking you to follow my program. I don't have a program. I am just asking you to ask yourself if what you are doing makes sense. Does it make sense to eat when you are hungry and stop when you aren't? Does it make sense to eat a fuel based diet? Does it make sense not to let your body get to hungry? Does it make sense to move your body in a way that you can keep doing over a long period of time?
Or does it make sense to drink a chocolate liquid out of a juice box five times a day for the rest of your life?