Good healthy foods include lots of vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and fruit.
Try to stick with complex carbohydrates (so for instance, eat 100% whole wheat bread instead of white bread.... brown rice instead of white).
Cut back on and eventually eliminate the diet sodas - water is your best hydrator and it doesn't contain any excess sugar, sodium or calories.
As others mentioned, start incorporating the healthy stuff into your daily food intake and you'll start seeing a difference. Check your spark food tracker (I think they actually recommend foods for you, too --- I don't really use the tracker any more, but then I'm at my goal weight and maintaining, too.)
So... maybe an example...
For lunch one day, instead of having a cup of ramen noodles, have a big salad with mixed greens (I personally avoid iceberg lettuce), maybe some nuts, or a lean protein, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, etc. along with a tasty salad dressing (just don't make your salad swim in it.) Or... you could have a few carrot sticks and other choice veggies dipped in hummus along with a grilled chicken sandwich on whole grain... something along those lines.
If you're used to eating foods high in salt and sugar, however, it's going to be trial and error for you starting to eat the healthier stuff. It may taste bland and icky to you because it's not loaded down with tons of salt and/or sugar. So, do this gradually and experiment a whole lot with the healthy stuff. Check out the recipes page because there's lots of tasty recipes out there that make potentially bland food taste amazing, and in a healthy way to boot.
By and large though, give yourself time. You didn't put on all the weight overnight, it's not going to come off overnight, either - and likewise, you might not go from preferring ramen noodles for your meals to preferring a veggie stir-fry immediately.
Edited by: KELLY_R at: 5/8/2013 (22:20)
Original weight in 2002: 220
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