Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Another important thing that I have learned is to nourish my body. It seems pretty obvious now, but for years I just tried not to eat instead of to meet my nutritional needs. For those of you who have done Weight Watchers you know there are 9 GHG - good health guidelines. They include 2 servings of milk daily, 2 teaspoons of healthy oils (olive, canola, flax, safflower, sunflower) daily, 5 servings fruit/veg, 2 servings lean protein, 6 glasses water/fluid, exercise, whole grains, multi vitamin pill, and limit sugar and alcohol. Those were the nutritional goals I was meeting regularly before coming to SparkPeople.
Also, on WW there is a list of filling foods. You are encouraged to eat many filling foods while sticking to your points total. I found this list extremely valuable. Filling foods enabled me to manage hunger better than I ever had before. Filling foods are the healthiest foods there are. There are tricks like eat the whole fruit instead of drink the juice. More filling. Of course, but I hadn't thought it through before.
When I came to SparkPeople I brought my WW eating habits. But on SP I learned I was not eating enough fat and I was eating too much sodium. I've improved in both those areas.
I have benefited from both WW and SP. I have learned to eat healthy, eat regularly, and feel good (not guilty) about eating good. When I nourish my body properly I can be at my best weight without hunger.