Have you started using the Nutrition Tracker here on Spark? I found it a bit tedious to get enough of my "Favorites" listed, (rather than "search" for each food every time!) but if you do one or two meals a day for several weeks, it becomes quite easy to use. Then focus on getting the right combination of Carbs/Protein and -yes- Fat from the foods you eat!!
I'm guessing you aren't the one getting to choose what's on the table at each meal...! But if you put in meals and Grandma's favorite recipes before the meal, you can get a much better idea of portions that are appropriate! (Don't worry...you can always edit/remove things....)
By using the Tracker, you are educating yourself about what is good for you--and you are taking positive steps towards eating healthy! Taking those positive steps is *very* powerful.
it will take time...but setting it up in the month before you go back to school is great--then you will have it as a "habit" when you get back to school. Remember that this isn't a "diet" to quickly shed weight, and then go back to where you were....it is a planned change to your Lifestyle! Welcome to the Journey to a Healthy You!
All the Best--with this Journey and your School!! Enjoy the time with your Grandparents too--its very special part of your life!
PS...on the idea of losing 5-10 lbs before you go back to school....it isn't likely unless you do it in a very unhealthy way. Instead choose 1-2 pounds a week as your goal weight, and put in a reasonable time to accomplish those 25 pounds. How much you are able to lose by eating healthy is affected by how much you have to lose. If its not really too much, it will be slower.... Accept that--and keep at it!!
Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 7/31/2013 (13:01)
"Its not the Mountain ahead that wears you out, but the grain of sand in your shoe..."
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