A Few Thoughts On Healthy Eating
That sounds like a fun topic, right?
I know, I know. There are a million different resources online for how to eat healthy, what diet to follow, what to avoid, the list goes on.
I'm not hear to tell you which diet to follow. I'm not hear to tell you to lose weight. Just to provide a little bit of inspiration for a healthier diet in general.
I'm talking about getting more nutrition and less junk. If you happen to lose the weight in the process but are getting adequate calories and nutrition, then hopefully that means you are closer to a healthy weight.
A couple years ago, I signed up for Weight Watchers (WW). I had gotten used to eating whatever I wanted when I worked at a gym and exercised my way to a size...well, a small size. Once I wasn't working out 4 hours a day or so, I didn't change the way I ate. Needless to say, I gained a few pounds and kind of felt like crap.
The great thing about WW is that it encourages you to get more fruits and veggies in your diet. And that's exactly what I did! At the same time, its set up in a way that allows you to splurge once a week (or spread out the points throughout the week). WW completely reconfigured how I ate.
I've never made an effort to eat a lot of those kinds of foods before WW. And it took some time, but eventually I found healthy foods that I enjoyed! Imagine that! I've finally come to my senses and order more balance meals when eating out [usually]. I'm no longer on WW, but I've found a rhythm that works for me: A light breakfast of oatmeal or yogurt with granola, a healthy snack such as an orange or banana, a healthy lunch of salad, veggies and pita chips with hummus, cheese and crackers with strawberries and almonds or a vegetable soup. Because my husband isn't quite on board with "rabbit food" (as he calls it) just yet, we have something a little more filling and generous for dinner. Dessert is rare, but a nice treat from time to time. We just don't keep a lot of treats in our home, which really helps in avoiding it when I feel weak!
That's what works for me. I really love all those foods and that's really the only way to make it work. If you don't like your healthier foods, you need to be more creative and find healthy foods you do like! And remember, it's a process. Every new habit takes time, so DON'T GIVE UP!
What healthy foods do you enjoy now? What unhealthy food can you never give up?
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