Eat to Succeed at Your July 4 Food Fest



Is it me?

Or do you wonder when you see that ad for a heartburn drug where the guy is ordering an extremely loaded burger, and the voiceover asks, “Would you like heartburn with that now or later?”

It’s no surprise in our pill-happy society that a drug to alleviate the problem would be popular.  Especially when physicians prescribe heartburn drugs so freely. Drugs, btw, that can have significant side effects.

Whatever happened to just not eating the offending food? Or at least a version other than the cheese-bacon-triple-burger-with-ribs, fries on the side (I did once see something like that at a fast-food restaurant).

I know for some of us, such as binge eaters, choosing differently may not be too easy.  We’re disconnected with how foods make us feel.  A number of reasons can be behind that — including the diet mentality effect that makes us feel guilty even as we eat something and contributes to “zoning out.”

A bit of a repeat from last week but worthwhile revisiting given the upcoming food-focused holiday:

  • @BodywiseProgram nails how important it is to overcome food guilt: “Feelings of guilt re food are toxic to recovery.” Dramatic word, toxic, but very applicable.

That said, my Fourth of July wish for all of us in the U.S.:  Enjoy a wonderful holiday with loving family, good friends and great food!

Are there any Fourth of July favorites you’d benefit from learning how to eat, instead of trying to avoid?

5 responses to “Eat to Succeed at Your July 4 Food Fest”

  1. Gina says:

    Wow, that burger is GIGANTICCCCCCC. This week I’m having a food that I don’t normally eat, but when I do I LOVE it…..BBQ ribs!! My dad makes them the best, so juicy, so tender, melting in my mouth, perfection.

  2. Ugh, that burger put me right off the sirloin burgers we’re having on Saturday. 🙂

    This is a “safe” holiday for me. I’ll probably have more calories than normal, but the foods are generally healthy. This year we’re having the aforementioned sirloin on the grill, corn, tomato salad, and (probably) baked beans. Our dessert of choice is cold, sweet watermelon and/or canteloupe.

    Wishing all a safe and Happy 4th (or Happy Canada Day, if you swing that way. :))

    Cammy@TippyToeDiet’s last blog post..Giveaway Post: Younger (Thinner) You Diet

  3. It goes without saying that I’m all for being able to eat without guilt 🙂 I know from first-hand experience (and learning the HARD way), from my work with clients, and from the numerous talks I give to women — guilt definitely gets in the way of eating well.

    I’m all for eating everything in moderation & believe the holiday should be celebrated with friends, family and good food. But I also know that many people want “guidelines” of what (and what not) to eat so I do give it to them, but urging them to use them just as that — a GUIDE — not a hard-fast rule book!

    Personally, I will be eating a hamburger….but not like one in the photo above!

    Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday — and to enjoy it and eat without guilt 🙂

    Dinneen – Eat Without Guilt’s last blog post..The Missing Link to Keeping the Weight Off

  4. Marsha says:

    @Gina — I’m saving the ribs for my son’s high school grad party later in the month. One of my favorites, too!
    @Cammy — that meal sounds great. I hope you can forget that picture and enjoy! 🙂
    @Dineen — I agree that many times we need guidelines to help us eat well while we get back in tune with and begin trusting our internal cues. Eating well also supports the operation of those cues; when we aren’t eating balanced, they may not give us accurate information. We encourage the Plate Model for Healthy Eating that I mentioned in last week’s post. Here’s the link /fitbriefings/plate_model.shtml. It gives guidance while still allowing for personal choices.

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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