I first learned this phrase when I was doing Weight Watchers, back in the day, and I’m pretty sure it was written across my bathroom mirror in lipstick at least once. It was a useful mantra. This was when I first learned the philosophy that certain sweets are a great treat – something homemade, or a special dessert at a fancy dinner. But something like snacking on store candy or a supermarket cake simply isn’t worth the calories.
And like Cookie Monster says, “A cookie is a sometime food!”
Then I moved on to The South Beach Diet, and now I don’t even want to snack on candy, generally speaking. And I can probably only eat half that fancy dessert because it’s going to be a lot more sugar than I usually consume and I won’t be able to stomach the whole thing. Now I’m a person who gets mad cravings for kale and romaine lettuce. Truth!
But at some point, through the power of the Internets, I gathered that the mantra “Nothing Tastes As Good As Thin Feels” had fallen out of favor because pro-anorexia websites had taken it up. I remember feeling really sad the first time I read this. One, because anorexia is sad. Two, because I’ve always found “Nothing Tastes As Good As Thin Feels” to be a really useful mantra.
Because it’s true. FOR ME anyway, there’s no food that tastes better than having a (healthy!) thin body feels.
And “thin” doesn’t mean “anorexic.”
That said, I’ve mostly moved on from needing a health mantra these days. I think when you’re transitioning to healthy eating you sometimes need to mentally focus your willpower, but now I simply crave and enjoy healthy food. Although, when I did South Beach phase one at the top of this year, it was the first time I’d ever done it when I was under 140 pounds, and it was more challenging than usual. I pulled out the mantra for days two and three, let me tell you! And now I’m at 132 (BMI at 22.7, hooray!), and loving it.
It’s funny when you talk about healthy food on Facebook, especially vegetables, and someone will come on and “ew, gross” you. I always think, Hey, I don’t hop on your posts about what you eat and say “ew, gross”! Even when I TOTALLY think that what you eat is gross. I mean, does anyone ever "ew, gross" someone talking about junk food or bad carb overload? I guess somebody probably does.
Maybe I should jump on and say something like, Hey, that bacon double cheeseburger with cheese fries looks SO GOOD; I just had shredded Brussels sprouts and apples, and they were superyum, too!
Give me Brussels sprouts or give me death!
In other weight news, I have definitively observed that significantly cutting beer from my diet is making a HUGE difference in my tummy and fatty areas generally. Which is horrible, horrible news. Because if *anything* was going to taste better than thin feels, Baby, It’s Beer.