I can definitely relate to the love of food and cooking. I constantly struggle with balancing my health goals and my love of food. I think that the keys to this balance include making time for physical activity, managing portion sizes, and incorporating more nutrient-rich items into your standard meals. For example, I admit that I have a Kraft macaroni and cheese problem. I could just cut it out all together, but I'm pretty sure I'd end up demolishing a box on my own at some point because of feeling deprived. Instead, I cook some broccoli florets and toss them in with the mac and cheese. That way, I get a veggie with all the good nutrients, I get my mac and cheese, and I eat less of the pasta, cheese, and stuff because I'm filling up on the broccoli.
One of the steps that sparkpeople encourages is measuring your food. Really sticking with this for a few weeks can give you a more realistic idea of portion sizes. Also, only cook what you really need to eat. Having way more than you need can lead to overeating. If you're making some for lunch the next day, box it up before you serve up dinner so that you're not tempted to eat more than your serving.
"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."
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