When I started back on my "food plan," I wasn't sure if I'd be able to trim the portion size to what it should be when I started....or if I'd finally make it past the "just one more day" attitude about "needing" my chocolate/junk food fix. I managed to make it from Monday of last week (2/20) till Saturday (2/25) without pretzel M&Ms, Symphony chocolate bars, soda, eating out at Taco Bell or McD's. I managed to eat what I should eat, with my only concession being an International Coffee sugar free French Vanilla cappuccino. That was my treat for if the cravings hit. I had a protein filled breakfast to push me thru the mornings, with a 100cal kettle corn bag and cappuccino for a mid-morning snack, huge lunch time salads with all the veggies (and cottage cheese for my dressing...added protein). Dinner time rolled around and I wasn't terrible hungry, but I would usually fix myself a small meal (chicken, salad, etc)....I no longer required the afternoon snack of chocolate covered almonds, chocolate covered carmel balls, malted milk balls, or Bob's Sweet Stripes.
However, I did indulge Saturday evening at my G'ma's birthday party (planned into my day's food) with chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream. I was regretting my decision after the last bite when my belly started flip flopping. I should have learned from that....but then......we went to some church members' house for lunch Sunday. I took a veggie loaded salad, and they grilled boneless skinless chicken breast w/ BBQ sauce. However, tempting yummy apply cinnamon scones were made. I planned to only help myself to one as dessert, as they were rather large scones....but alas, I caved in and had two.
I believe these weekend indulges have been why I was so tired going into work today, and why the last couple days of walking the dogs have been so arduous. It's like the sugar and fat in the foods harvested all my energy and left me with nothing.
I am realizing more and more how important the types of food we put in our mouth is, not only to our weight, but to our mental alertness, energy, and emotional well-being. Think about the "negative foods" you may be putting in your body: fats, simple carbs, etc...that come from the processed food we eat (usually out of convenience)....and how it effects your mental, physical, and emotional self.
I will GUARANTEE you, that if you choose the fruits, veggies (lots of them), lean protein, whole grains, and good fats (think olive oil, avocado, omega3 stuff)....you will feel better both mentally, physically, and emotionally. The more whole/raw food you are able to consume, the better. And don't use "it's too expensive" as an excuse to not buy the fruits and veggies. Don't substitute juices. You end up consuming more when it's not whole. You'll be surprised at how little you really need and want when you are eating healthy whole foods. Make one meal every day a salad. This will boost your energy while shrinking your waste line (but don't load it up with calorie laden extras...stick to veggies for toppings.) Take the weekend (or one night of the week) to prepare most of you meals for the following week. Cut up your veggies and put them in ziplock bags....not only are they quick and easy snacks, but makes putting that salad together much faster than cutting the veggies each time you make a salad. I make two to three salads in my to-go containers for the start of the week.
PS: some people (like me) don't do well when there is a lot of sodium in the food. Here is you're warning when it comes quick "healthy" meals, like SmartOnes and LeanCuisines....they are packed with sodium (and water weight)....and other chemicals that are not good for your body either.