Good foods equal a healthy weight loss

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I have such a long row to hoe, on my weight loss journey. I do not like associating my lifestyle transformation to a diet. With a lifestyle change, I can accept that every day is not picture perfect. There are days, such as Monday, where I want to indulge on chocolates throughout the day. I accept that, but I also know that I cannot do that every day.

I have made a conscious decision to not allow cheat days either, because they are so restrictive. I eat what I want, for the most part. There isn’t anything stricken from my food choices; however, I have modified tremendously how much of it and how often I will indulge. Macaroni, for example, is a favorite food. Yet, because it is 10 points, on the Weight Watcher scale system for 1 cup, I will eat it only once a month. 10 points for one measuring cup of macaroni is absurd. I really enjoy snacking on peanut butter and Ritz crackers. Sometimes, I just want some peanut butter, and this is typically how I would consume it. What I had no idea of was how easily those points add up, if consumed carelessly. If I need a peanut butter fix, I will just make me a peanut butter/jelly sandwich. One tablespoon is enough to spread on one slice of bread; it is 200 calories or 5 points for 2 tablespoons; I just need one. I still do not eat it as often as I use to, but have found a better/lighter way of getting my fix.

To quench my sugar fix, I have found balance with cookies, smaller portions of cake, 1 cup of orange sherbet, or fresh fruit. We are in the season of watermelons! I love watermelon, although it is difficult finding the seeded ones I love so much. I can indulge on a big bowl of strawberries or a sweet banana. I also really like grapefruits and oranges. At any given time, I always have a huge array of fresh fruits, in my home. I still haven’t given up my sweets. I have just modified the type of sweets I eat, primarily. If I want a slice of chocolate cake, I will eat it. I am simply thinking about my food, and the difference this makes is amazing.

Finding a balance is so important for me. I also do not give my daughter horrible sweets. She loves bananas, mangos, and watermelon. I try to give her as much fresh fruit as possible. She is so young, but I am responsible for shaping how she views food.

I am no expert, but this has worked for me. I do not want to live in the gym, so my option is controlling my food, and I have found success.

4 thoughts on “Good foods equal a healthy weight loss

    clotildajamcracker said:
    June 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I weight 119 pounds. I have had 4 children and lost 60 pounds after I had twins. In order to loose weight, you have to go hard core and simplify everything. This is what I did. Only drink water. Never eat snacks. Don’t eat anything all day long. Then eat dinner. Then stop eating. That’s it. Don’t eat anything else. Hunger and food cravings will go away after 3 days. Its the easiest diet ever and it’s guaranteed to get you where you need to be. Once you’re at the right weight, just weigh yourself every day and make sure that you don’t gain weight.

    Never drink calories and stay away from processed food and you’ll be thin for life.

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      Evette Sadohounme responded:
      June 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      I would have to respectfully disagree with your method, for anyone that is dieting. Your process will not work for me. But congratulations on your weight loss.

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        sybaritica said:
        June 17, 2012 at 11:13 pm

        I second that … reading regular meals is far better for you.

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    LadyBee said:
    June 22, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    It’s amazing when you think about how differently our bodies react to food. I find that weight loss is a process for me I am continually learning something new everyday. Some days are easier that others. Personally I would love for it to be easier, but it’s not. lol

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