"DOING" things and Accomplishing small goals are Very Powerful!! Often times, as you feel the success of just a few things the momentum builds.... Even without changing your diet yet, you can start 10 min walks several times a day, drink eight glasses of water, and learn to Track your foods and plan your menus.....!! You are trying to change habits of a lifetime to Healthy Habits for the Rest of your Life! You have three children to teach a better way to---that alone is a great motivator!! If they are old enough, get them involved in learning and doing these changes with you..... Above all, don't think that what you need is a "Diet"--focus on a Healthy Life!!
Are you using the Nutrition Tracker yet?? If not, I'd suggest you start entering your favorite foods over 2 -3 weeks, and track as much as you can every day. It literally took me several weeks to get "into" that...but now I LOVE it. You can enter foods ahead of time and then adjust your portions to fit your Carb/Fat/Protein needs. It is really educational and motivating to see what You CAN control!!!
Then...you can start seeing how changing your diet in the ways others have suggested will help you. Check out new recipes that add in the canned veggies you're not so fond of...(eg: tacos with canned corn added..."salads" that have green peas...sugar-free lemon jello with carrots and pineapple...cabbage /apple salad...)...buy more frozen veggies (most go on sale for about $1.00 each month!!)...and get over to that Farmers' Market --great outing with the kids--let them choose!--
At some point you WILL have to address cutting back on your beloved breads...but until then, be sure to get the very best bread you can afford---or make your own! Whole Grains and Nuts added are really quite healthful.... Those are the kind of carbs/fats you want to be including when you indulge in your bread!! Make ALL your calories count for good nutrition, and you will also find you are satisfied with smaller amounts...so it is much easier to have a little less.
Keep reading articles on Spark, and searching the Message Boards for topics you want to learn. There are many threads with information on quality eating on a really tight budget....You Are Not Alone in your quest.....and YOU CAN DO THIS!!
Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 7/8/2013 (18:30)