With a book releasing this month, I've been talking a lot about the idea behind the series, the playlist, and everything in between. So I thought I'd switch things up and talk about something else that's as near and dear to my heart as Vicki's Yours to Take... Dieting.
Sigh. I know. But it's a necessary evil for me. Hopefully I can share a few things I've learned over the past 16 months while losing just under 80 pounds. I still have a ways to go, but this is the most I've ever lost and kept off my entire life.
I've done just about every diet under the sun, including Weight Watchers at least 3 times. What made this time stick?
1. As my clothes got too big, I bagged them up and donated them immediately. I will NEVER go back -- because I have nothing to wear!
2. I try to make one meal for the entire family most of the time, instead of cooking two entirely different dinners so I can eat my own safe food. We all need to be healthier anyway and it's sooo much easier. I usually make some easy substitutions for myself, like spaghetti squash instead of pasta, or mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes, but we eat the same core foods.
3. I've given up artificial sweeteners. It may sound counter-intuitive to *add* calories to my diet when most artificial sweeteners are calorie free, but I hate ingesting so many chemicals. I use real raw honey or organic maple syrup -- just a touch! -- and it tastes so good and real. No chemicals. It's worth the point or two (on Weight Watchers) to eat natural foods that actually have some nutritional value.
4. I don't eat fat free except for skim milk and Greek yogurt. Again, this might sound strange, but most fat free foods are loaded with fillers and extra sweeteners (corn syrup) to make them taste better. I make my own salad dressing with olive oil and use regular cheese. I just shred my own (it's not coated with cellulose to keep it separated) real sharp cheddar -- it tastes incredible and I can use less of the good stuff.
5. I use healthy oils. As I said above, I use olive oil for dressings. I also cook my eggs in olive oil, and I add coconut oil to my heated apple desserts. Healthy fats help you absorb nutrients and help you feel more satisfied. Plus they're great for your hair and skin. Do you have any healthy eating tips to share?
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