Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Guest Blog with giveaway from Joely Sue Burkhart!

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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Fedora said...

WOWZA! Huge congrats on Yours to Take AND on your getting healthy, Joely! That is awesome progress! Thanks for sharing some of the tips--those are ones I definitely can use, too! Really good points about artificial stuff not really being very nutritious!

I think the main thing we're trying to do is incorporate more vegetables and fruits into our meals--I recall a basic proportion that says roughly half of your plate should be fruits/vegetables, a quarterish protein, a quarterish grains... we're nowhere near that, but aiming for more :) Thankfully the kids are all pretty flexible when it comes to eating, so there aren't too many complaints, especially if I let them help prep stuff (which admittedly takes a little more planning and time, sometimes in short supply ;p))

Keep on, Joely, both with writing and with the healthy living!!

StacieD said...

That is a great list of health advice. I have always eaten several mini meals throughout the day. My friends call it the Hobbit Diet. I have two breakfasts, two lunches, etc. I never have big meals but I find that mini meals keeps me from gorging on junk food.

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Joely said...

Thank you, flchen1! I do the same thing - about half my plate is veggies. The monsters do pretty good with most veggies but they won't eat "strong" things like peppers, onions, asparagus. I usually make one special veggie for me with everything I love, but something easier like salad or broccoli for them

Joely said...

StacieD, that's a great tip too. I've gotten lax in making sure I eat every 3 hours or so. I definitely am happier that way -- I don't get so hungry that I overeat!

bn100 said...

Thanks for sharing your tips.


Fedora said...

Yes, my kids are definitely less excited about stuff like peppers, asparagus, etc. We usually have them try a piece or two, then have other veggies they like better ;) Now they'll at least try everything, even if they don't love it. We just tried kale "chips"--http://www.katheats.com/favorite-foods/kale-chips

They didn't LOVE them, but they found them OK ;) Counting that as a win :D

Kai said...

I always have problem losing weight living at home. My mother believe love is feeding everyone in the household. I have to admit that having braces is the best thing that happened to me. I can't eat as much as I used to since my stomach has shrunk. I stop eating all those junk food like potato chips, pizza, hamburger and all those food I love to eat. I am not going back to being the bottomless pit. Once I'm done eating, my teeth get clean and my retainer pops back in. I made it as a rule that once my retainer goes in, I refuse to take it out. Need to keep up my healthy habit. I lost 30 lbs and need 15 lbs to go. The rest is to maintain that weight.