Monday, November 18, 2013
I have tried and stuck to many an Eating Plan, and usually come back to plain old healthy eating because, Who knew? It actually works. Here's some of the things I have learned along the way.
Weight Watchers- portion control. A pound of spaghetti is not a serving size. And a lot of fake food use that creeps me out.
Paleo- I did this for about a year. If you're not familiar, it means no grains of any kind. It was a tough one, but I did learn that I can ditch the pasta, rice and bread and still eat very well. Stir fry without rice is not the end of the world, spaghetti squash isn't that bad, and lettuce wraps are messy but fine.
Vegetarian- you can eat a "vegetarian" diet and still gain weight. A lot of weight. Cheese, pasta and potatoes are not the way to do vegetarian. Key phrase VEGE-tarian. Yeah.
Vegan- soy is not my body's friend and I had a lot of health problems when I ate too much of it looking for an easy protein fix. And I'm not talking processed veggie burgers either. I was eating a lot of tempeh, tofu, miso etc. I try to stay away from it now, or at least just have it once in a blue moon.
South Beach- fake foods will let you lose weight, but who knows what they are doing to my health? Splenda? fat free cheese? Umm, no thanks. See Weight Watchers above.
So here I am back to Sparkpeople. I eat a variety of veggies and/or fruit with every meal, lean proteins, and I am not afraid of healthy fats, just in moderation. I love nuts, and I must portion them into little containers that I grabbed at the Dollar Store. I eat an avocado with lean proteins and tons of veggies in say something like a tortilla, but I lose the actual tortilla and ditch the cheese if I'm going to have that yummy avocado. I have learned to taste food, not just stuff my pie hole.
I think I've got the healthy eating down. Now, to motivate myself everyday to exercise, that would be the missing link here.
There you have it. My little life lessons about food. Take it or leave it, it is what I have gleaned from over the years. Hope it lends some insight to someone.