I have to remind myself that though I'm on Weight Watchers that doesn't mean I'm on a "diet." I'm changing the way I eat, it is a lifestyle change. When I look at it that way, it makes it easier not to quit. I'm also learning not to make it difficult, to keep it simple. As someone would say when I over analyze things and get freaked out when I go over my allotted points/calories for the day, I should remember to "KISS." What does KISS stand for....
"Keep It Simple Stupid!"
I'm reading this book titled "Lose Weight with THE POWER OF ONE" by Stephen Moss. It is a simple approach to dieting and learning about nutrition. It is a VERY easy read and was recommended to me by a nutritionist. It is a fictional story about an overweight woman who just had a baby and is having problems in her marriage and she blames her weight. She meets someone who helps change her view about nutrition and health and loses weight in the process. I love that the book applies the principles of nutrition as a story which makes it more relatable.
I was already familiar with the strategies that the book listed, but I loved how the book TEACHES how to make good nutrition a part of our life, and most importantly to KEEP IT SIMPLE. Here are some of the strategies that were listed and my comments are in parentheses:
- Reduce the amount of fat in your daily life to as low as possible. (example egg whites instead of the egg yolks, reduced fat cheese, reduced fat mayo,ect)
- Eat breakfast (duh!)
- Reduce the amount of sugar in your daily life to as low as possible (I tried cutting out sugar and just ended up binging on more sugar. Cutting sugar out of my life was not the answer! The best thing to do is experiment with baking. I like sugar substitutes, my favorite is Stevia which is a herbal sweetener. I also like sugar free chocolate pudding or Smart One frozen desserts)
- Do not bring any factory made snacks, meals, or refined flour products into your home. Use foods that are as close to natural as possible. (That's very hard when you have kids in your home, but you can limit the amount that you buy and experiment with snack recipes that you can make on your own)
- Drink water
- Stop eating when you are approaching feeling full.
- Eat often (small meals through out the day)
There is also one more strategy, but I want to read more on that before I list it. Some of these strategies are taught by Weight Watchers, but it's great to read another spin to it. It was also important for me to write this, so that I can refer to it when I start making my plan of eating more difficult than it should be. It's been an extremely busy time for me and I miss reading your blogs on a regular basis, it keeps me grounded! So, I'll be catching up reading and commenting on blogs towards the end of the week. Happy Healthy Eating!
Food for Thought: "Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated". ~Confucius
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