Thursday, 25 August 2011

Celery sticks

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Have you noticed that when you 'go on a diet' you eat celery sticks? Do you EVER eat celery sticks any other time? Nope. I didn't think so.This small observation has me thinking a lot.

I know that diets 'don't work' because you 'put it all back on'. Permanent weight loss requires a change in habit. It means working out how to eat healthy foods. It means learning about portion size. It means working out balance in your diet so that you eat less nutritious foods only in moderation. Sometimes foods. It means realising that celery sticks need to be a staple on the menu.

Personally I like celery sticks (especially with a bit of humus). So why don't I want to eat them when I am not dieting? Why do I grab a sugary biscuit at 3pm instead of a celery stick when I *know* the latter is better for me? Why do people ask you if you are 'on a diet' the minute you pull out a celery stick?

The current program that I am following is a diet in all senses of the word. It is calorie controlled. It is food that I don't 'normally' eat. It is a whole new way of thinking about food as a fuel for exercise. For me it is not 'the solution' rather an opportunity to break habits.

After only a few days I can feel the benefits (if you can call my caffeine withdrawal headache a benefit?). Low GI, high protein means that I stay full for longer. I am eating less, but feeling fuller. The exercise program makes me feel alive (even if I still can't hold a 'plank' for more than a few seconds).

But I am already asking myself. Could you do this forever? Eat nothing processed (oh bacon I miss you)? Or have a beer? Or enjoy some M&Ms?

I have to remember to take one step at a time and see where all these celery sticks take me.

How are you finding the 30 Day Challenge? Got any interesting snack recipes for celery sticks?

21 comments:

ANB said...

I quite like celery sticks on their own, or with cream cheese or peanut butter, but sadly neither of those is diet material! I'm more likely to eat the healthy stuff if I've made it easy for myself: get a big plastic container and wash, peel and cut up a pile of carrots, celery, beans, capsicum, whatever. Enough for a few days worth. Then when you go to the fridge looking for something to eat it's already there and ready. I'm also a bit weird in that I really like plain steamed green vegetables like bok choy/broccoli/beans. If you like those you could also keep some cut up and washed, ready to stick in the microwave in a bowl for an afternoon snack. Or bags of those frozen mixed vegetables ready to chuck in the microwave? Or edamame beans like the ones you get as entrees at Japanese restaurants? You can buy them frozen at Asian grocery stores.

ANB said...

Another thought about the biscuits-vs-celery dilemma: just don't keep the biscuits in the house. I know if they're in my cupboard I'll eat them obsessively until they're all gone. So I just don't buy them.

georgi said...

Oh dear celery.... I just can't eat it ever since a while ago my flatmate made celery bolognaise.. .essentially two cans of tomatoes, heated with celery chopped into it over pasta. When I say celery chopped in.. i mean the whole thing. leaves and all. we were very poor students at the time... but it was so bitter! I don't really ever eat it now! I think it's so important to change eating habits to something realistic that you could do forever (if you wanted) .. x

therhythmmethod said...

I only eat celery sticks on a diet. I like to mix it up with some carrot sticks (ooh, I like a bit of danger!) and ... drum roll ... a cheese triangle.
Keeping the weight off is about establishing good habits (like regular, daily exercise, even if it's just walking) and policing the stuff you put in your pantry.
I'm behind you on this one MM, I really hope you kick those 5kgs. I will join you on Monday. Eep! Better stock up on celery at the market on Saturday ;)

Good Golly Miss Holly! said...

Very inspiring x

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

I like celery sticks chopped up with carrot, onion and bacon and used as the basis of spaghetti bolognaise or soup. Other than that, they do nothing for me. Stringy water.

InkPaperPen said...

I like to eat celery smothered in peanut butter and cream cheese too. Still better than a sugary biscuit, isn't it? I eat strawberries with a teeny bit of cinnamon sprinkled on for a snack. It gives me the sweet fix and I am sure that it has to be good for you? I think cinnamon helps your digestion (hope I'm not making this up?!) so I go nuts with it....So much better than celery

x

Charis said...

I have never dieted which could be to do with the fact that I cannot stand celery! Tee hee! I really don't like the stuff though :)

Diminishing Lucy said...

Low GI and high protein and low processed carbs works for me.

But I can only do it for 5kg bursts.

Then I need to eat to maintain.

Then I cruise.

Then I go agaaain.

I am not sure I am fanbloody tastic at all this, or utterly crap that it takes me so long and I cannot sustain a sensible eating pattern for more than a month or so at a time...

Argggh!

Jaimee Hunter said...

Peanut butter or cream cheese...I'll have to try hummus...yummy. Mostly I like them in my bloody mary. I think that is bad, right!

Quill and Ink Handmade said...

We eat quite a lot of celery in our house - we're still in the 'hide as many vegies in the meal as possible' stage of toddlerhood. But it's always mixed in to something else, so I guess that doesn't really count.

Discovered I'd put on 5kg over winter. All those homemade pies and tarts from the patisserie down the road, and afternoon and morning teas. And dessert. So, a bit of exercise and a few celery sticks may be in order after all :)

Rhonda said...

i like celery, particularly in roasted red pepper hummus or covered in ranch dressing. although i think adding that makes the celery not so good...but whatever.

i don't think i could give up everything i like, but i just try to enjoy those things in moderation.

Photographer Mum said...

Celery and carrot sticks with homemade hummous is the best! My step dad makes AWESOME hummous! I swear I could live on that snack if I had to.

~CSaM~ said...

MMMMM celery and hommus!! Drool

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

I love celery sticks and almond butter. The almonds give it some taste, and you don't need much... (although I am rather partial to slapping half a jar of peanut butter on there at other times...just quietly.

♥α§ђ£ε¥™♥ said...

I actually do eat celery when I'm not on a diet, just because I like celery, and I usually eat it with lite ranch dressing. Yum! Easy and quick. I also like carrots with ranch.

My quickest and easiest healthy favorite that I eat when not on a diet is the little cherry tomatoes. Ever since I was tiny, my dad would slice tomatoes and give me slices while I'd sit on his lap. Just sit and eat plain tomatoes. The cherry tomatoes are easier because they require no cutting, just pop em in your mouth. Yum! Grapes, plums, nectarines, strawberries, I love my fruit and some veggies even when not on a diet. I'm a big fan of fruit smoothies, too, if anything that has sweet stuff in it.

I'm not big on the candy/sweets unless I've done something special...like...idk...graduate from uni. So I treated myself. Some chocolate. Dark chocolate is my favorite (surprisingly, I like the healthiest one the best...or so I've been told)

And I'm American. *dispelling myths, one at a time*

Penny said...

I was very impressed the other day when 3YO helped himself to some celery. Until he helped himself to the peanut butter and dunked the celery in it - apparently, his father showed him that trick.

Mama of 2 boys said...

Celery sticks are nice with dip on a platter or in lasagne... LOVE them chopped up in lasagne... but I have never been able to just munch on them like I see some people do. Not a big fan of carrot sticks either though. Give me a cake, sweet biscuit or choccie bar any day ;o)

Kymmie said...

We're not fans of the celery sticks here either. But I've been buying it lately. It's good to stock up the veggies in soup. And now I make my own vegetable stock too. But as for popping it into a bowl of hommus or peanut butter. Ew. Double Ew.

Really not into it in a raw kind of way.

But glad you're 'doing it'. I undid all my goodness this week by making ice cream sandwiches for 'the kids'. Yeah, it's never really for the kids, is it?

xx

Maxabella said...

If it was really about the KNOWING what to do I would be a reed. It's something else besides food and exercise that I haven't yet managed to crack. Getting off the instant-gratification drug might help - but how?? Enjoy your celery. x

Leah said...

I'm not a successful dieter, but have heard of a Canberra nutritionist who firmly believes that 'bacon is for your birthday'. Not any other day.

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