Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels

I was at water aerobics this morning.  The teacher was telling stories to keep us distracted because she was doing such a difficult arm workout.

She said she had had a rough day earlier in the week, and was craving comfort food.  She had driven by a local fried chicken fast food restaurant and really, really wanted chicken fingers.  She said, “You know that quote, ‘Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels‘?  That’s what I thought about, and I drove past those chicken fingers.  I said to myself later, it’s right.  Nothing tastes as good as fitting in my skinny jeans.”

Now I have a daughter who had an exercise eating disorder.  That kind of a quote could be the wrong motivation for someone like my daughter.  So as I was pushing through an extraordinary number of bicep curls, I started thinking – how I would change the quote to make it more BTD friendly.

I love this quote from Dr. D.  “The Blood Type Diet is not a weight loss diet per se.  It’s a diet for optimal health and performance.  The natural outcome of that, of course, is weight loss if you need to lose weight.”

I lost weight on the BTD, but my primary motivation was not weight loss, it was getting rid of stomach pain.

I have moments when I want comfort food.  We all do.  Nuts and nut butters are the things that give me the most trouble right now.  Even nuts that are beneficial or neutral if consumed in large quantities make me gain weight and slow down my digestive tract.  But when I am under stress they give me immediate comfort.  They taste good…really good.  But I pay a price for the next 3-4 days.  And it’s not worth it.

As we switched from curls to cross country ski, I thought of how I would restate the quote:

Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.

Today has been a productive, low stress day.  But I hope I will remember that revised quote on the next crazy day when a big bowl of trail mix sounds like it will solve all my problems.


PS:  A quick google search indicates the original quote was from a British model.  If I am using someone’s copyrighted slogan, I’m doing it in complete innocence and will gladly give credit where credit is due.

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