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Is this what it's all about?

Sunday, December 02, 2012

If my understanding about SparkPeople is on target, this entire journey is about re-educating me and replacing my old habits -- those that got me into this shape to begin with! -- with good habits in the areas of health and fitness.

I don't see anywhere starving or forever denying ourselves fits into the program at all! Especially when there are so many wholesome, nutritious, flavorful recipes and foods available.

For example, last week, with all the stress and busy-ness, I was thinking about an old favorite --- PIZZA.

But instead of doing what we normally would do, we made pizza at home. I bought a whole wheat pizza crust that has 60 calories per 1/6 slice. Hubby made home made pizza sauce, added low fat cheese and meat, and added some of veggies.

And because I had planned ahead, I had 3 pieces which fit well into the nutrition plan for my day. I didn't go over my calories, fat, carbs or protein for the day.

(And we had leftovers for the next day too!) It was so yummy and certainly satisfied my craving for pizza. And I didn't feel fat and bloated afterwards.

I think I'm liking this!

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    Yes! Great! emoticon emoticon
    1899 days ago
  • LISAN0415
    You are really getting the whole point of this being a healthy journey and lifestyle and learning expirience, not a "diet" or a punishment of some type.

    It's so good you are seeing the benefits of your healthy choices!
    Best wishes!

    1901 days ago
    Yup, thats what its all about. Me though - I take a lot longer figuring that out!
    1902 days ago
    Awesome! It is amazing when we put our minds to it and find all the creative ways to eat lighter how easy it can be. emoticon
    1902 days ago
    Right on!
    1902 days ago
    Exactly! It is not about denial or eliminating any food group. It's about making healthy choices, planning, *exercising* and ensuring that you stay within your calorie ranges.
    1902 days ago
  • HI-NRG
    My DH wouldn't go for the WW crust or the lower fat cheese but I sneak as much of the healthy stuff right under his nose every chance I get. I am not complaining though, he is very supportive in my SparkAdventure.
    I love pizza, too. Hot out of the oven or cold for breakfast the next day, LOL.

    1902 days ago
    I'm with ya sister! I am trying some remakes of my own. I have to make the regular for the rest of my family though. I have been using weight watchers flat breads for a crust and even low fat ricotta and feta for cheese. You are right about it satisfying the cravings for these foods.
    Another satisfying makeover I like is instead of spaghetti i use soba noodles, mixed with frozen peas and laughing cow cheese and a sprinkle of fresh Parmesan cheese.
    For Christmas munching I think I will serve a platter of low fat turkey pepperoni sticks veggies, hummus mushroom caps, shrimp etc. I might still have some baked appies but if I keep the quantity low I won't be too tempted.
    I was thinking I might try some jellied salads using sugar free jello and low fat ricotta.
    I know I will eat some treats but at least for now I think I can minimize the damages and at least confine my indulgences to a couple of days.
    1902 days ago
    That's great!
    1902 days ago
    Good job!
    1902 days ago
  • JO88BAKO
    That's awesome! You are so very right about SP. Good luck, you can do it!
    1902 days ago
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