There really are a lot of things you can and should eat when trying to get fit and lose weight.
In the past, my normal thoughts were, "You can't have this or stay away from that." But when we look at the science behind food and nutrition, we need food that is good for us and actually tastes good.
Oh, I have eaten more chicken than I did in the past, and my portion sizes are smaller, but when adding spices and seasoning, the flavors have been incredible. There are numerous sources of healthy recipes out there, you just have to look and plan ahead.
Sitting down to dinners that include meat (protein, enough to fit in the palm of your hand), potatoes and fruits (carbs about the size of your fist) and vegetables (as much as you want) is not what I expected when I started this back in December. Nor did I think I would be eating something tasty six times a day.
Although I am still a long way from the 100-pound goal I set, I can already see that I should be able to do the right things for life. I feel food-satisfied and fitness-improved. All while eating the right stuff.
However, with all this great nutritional information and support, I still mess up. I will open the door to the fridge or cupboards and see something that looks good and devour it, then ask myself after, "Why did I do that?" I know there are no forbidden foods, and I also know that some foods I should stay away from or at least limit my intake. But, when I see certain foods, it seems like I can't control myself.
Joan Peterson FitQuest Athletic Club
Out of sight?
As you embark on the project of changing your relationship with food, it is important to give yourself as many advantages as you can. This is not just a matter of will power. There are many issues that come into play with food.
If we continually over-eat a specific type of food, it only makes sense to ask why we have that food around. Yes, there are no forbidden foods, but certainly we know what we can or can't be trusted with. If you have a certain food in the house, the chances of you getting out of the chair to get it are pretty good, whereas it is far less likely that you'll drive to the store to get it.
Use your freezer or earmark leftovers for the next day. Go out to have favorite foods where you are relaxed and can be served just a specific portion (be sure to give yourself permission to have it).
Don't leave problem foods in plain sight or say to yourself that you can have it in the house and you will only eat a little bit of it. We all know that this can lead to "impulse eating," which you wouldn't have done except for the fact that the particular food triggers that unwanted response.
Help yourself by taking some of the pressure off. Out of sight, out of mind.
GARY WALTERS writes a weekly column in the Neighbors section regarding his progress in the Kinship Wellness Challenge. Next week: The Diet Disaster? To learn more, go www.brainerddispatch.com and then to the KINSHIP CHALLENGE link or www.kinshippartners.org
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