Clean Eating Boot Camp: Step 4 - A Black Girl's Guide To Weight Loss

Clean Eating Boot Camp: Step 4

No, I didn’t forget about you Clean Eating Boot Campers! After spending a week talking about the problems with processed food, the next step was to pick two places in your daily activity where you will eat. That’s right. Two.

Why two? Simple. If you have a job, then you can’t eat at home for lunch.

Know what this means? No, you cannot eat in your car. No, you cannot eat in your bed. No, you cannot eat on your couch. And no, you most certainly cannot eat while you’re walking en route somewhere.

Sit down. Eat at your table. Enjoy your food.

There is a caveat to this, though: if you are planning to dine somewhere where you actually sit at a table and are being served a dinner, having drinks refilled and paying/tipping a server at the end? That’s an acceptable exclusion. You’re being catered to, and you’re treating yourself. That’s always acceptable.

Other than that? Stick to your two places. McWhopperCastle is not a treat. It’s a tragedy.

Most snacking – especially bored eating and random “cravings” – happens when a person isn’t actually hungry, just “craving” or “bored” and “wants something to do.” You get that feeling? Go pop in a workout DD, go for a walk, go take a hot shower, turn the music up and sing it at the top of your lungs (preferably with the car windows up… because if I hear you in the next car over, I’m gonna laugh. Hard.) go be productive… anything. But this random snacking business isn’t acceptable.

Feel a craving? Go to your designated spot and eat. Think about what you are eating. Is it an apple, or a candy bar? Is it a bag of chips or a bag of grapes? Having designated spots where eating is acceptable not only prevents you from eating in shame and hiding from others, but it also protects you from mindless eating. You have to think about your eating because you’re forcing yourself to eat in a particular location every time you do. It might even help you stop with the incessant snacking, anyway.

The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes health, fitness, nutrition, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She now lives in New York with her family, and is working on her 4th, 5th and 6th certificates.

4 Comments

  1. Naomi

    February 22, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    I like this idea. I’ve been trying to force myself not to eat in front of the television in the living room but to instead prop myself down at the dining room table. Which is where I am having dinner now….whilst on the computer. :l …well, it’s one step in the right direction.

    Can you imagine if all your coworkers had to go to the lunchroom/kitchen to eat their snacks?

    • Naomi

      February 22, 2012 at 1:02 AM

      Nice new layout by the way. It’s smooooth.

  2. Yvonne Thomas

    January 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    So excited about this boot camp. No longer think about fast food. In fact, it’s a turn off. Drinking water as suggested, but still craving my diet caffeine free cola and diet-free orange soda. I am semi-retired and work from home, 3 meals sitting down at the table is now routine. Still like to sit down in front of tv with snack, but it’s fruits or veggies, with occasional low fat yogurt or ice cream.

  3. Kristin B

    March 12, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    true confession time:
    I’ve been on Weight Watchers for 5 weeks and following the plan to the letter but I had 3 disappointing weigh ins in a row and it got discouraged and ate out of control for 6 days. My sister suggested that to get back on track I should fast with a lemon juice, chayanne pepper and syrup mix. I did this until 8 pm and then I was so hungry I ate a bagel with cream cheese and 2 packets of pasta sides! I can’t believe I fell for such an insane plan!

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