Maggie Morris still eats a little birthday cake now and then. And she
doesn't shy away from restaurants, because she loves to eat out. She just makes
sure to allow for it in her eating plan.
Morris says she knows
that to deprive herself of any treats or other high-fat foods would just make
her want them more.
"To say I would never have cake again would be
a very dangerous thing," she says. "The minute I say that to myself, the
opposition starts up. 'Oh, yes I am. I'm going to have one.' If I know I'm
going to a birthday party and there's going to be cake there, I decide ahead of
time if I'm going to have a piece of cake or not. I don't have other (treats)
that day. If I get there and it's a kind of cake I don't like, then I don't
If she does eat some cake, "I have half a slice."
To allow for a splurge at night, she might cut back on her calories
earlier in the day, or exercise a little more that day. "It's a lot of
psychological preparation. If I do things on impulse, that's when I'm more
likely to overeat."
When she goes out to restaurants, she often
asks the server to bag half the dinner before it's brought to the table, so she
can take it home for another meal the next day. She also takes care when
ordering. She'll order grilled fish with no oil or butter. "You stay away from
the fried foods and heavy sauces."
She also orders vegetables
without butter or sauces. Her taste buds now prefer unadorned veggies. "I used
to put globs of mayonnaise on stuff, globs of butter. Now I'll eat fresh
vegetables with no butter on them, just steamed. And they're delicious. But it
takes a while. It takes maybe one to three months to really begin to notice
Maggie's story reflects her experiences as told in an interview. The photograph is not of Maggie, to protect her privacy.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator Colleen O'Connor, PhD, RD - Registered Dietitian