Good for you, for making the decision to cut out the processed carbs -
Y'know, I used to have sky-high triglycerides (310), and I've gotten them way down into the normal range by giving up those things. Like you, I'm a grazer, and I have an appetite out the wazoo (what IS a wazoo, anyway??
What I had to learn to do - and it was a real shocker for me, a complete departure from the way I'd shopped for food before - was to do most of my grocery shopping around the PERIMETER of the store, instead of in the middle, where the rice, bread, crackers, cookies, noodles, and other prepared foods are. You know who told me to do this? My internist...when he saw my lousy blood work
So this meant a completely different way of cooking and eating. But following it helped me to lose about 75 lbs. within a year's time. Due to some mobility problems, my exercise options are limited - so it was all through diet that I did this, for the most part. And I was 58 at the time, too, so not exactly with a knock-your-socks-off metabolism at that age. I found I could use fat-free dressings and put together endless combinations with things like low-sodium soy sauce, a tiny bit of sesame oil (like 1/2 tsp. is plenty), a little ginger, and a little garlic plus a bit of artificial sweetener and voilą - instant Asian dressing, which I use for everything from fresh slices of cucumber to combinations of sliced red, yellow, and green pepper, etc. You can take a tablespoon of Hellmann's Reduced Fat Mayo for 15 cal. and combine it with about 1/4 c. fat-free Greek yogurt and add dry French onion dip mix for a phenomenal low-cal dip for veggies, too. There are endless possibilities, believe me - and you can probably find tons of these in Spark's recipes. You're going to surprise yourself: You will get to LOVE fresh veggies and fruit! I have...and I never thought that was possible. I rarely have processed carbs anymore and don't miss 'em.
There's even a fat-free American cheese, Kraft Fat-Free Singles, which log in at 30 calories. They melt BEAUTIFULLY!
You need - you DESERVE - to feel full and satisfied, or this whole weight-loss thing becomes close to impossible. It's no wonder you say it's hard to stay motivated when you're so hungry - that's only natural. Yes, it will take time and some exploration to get used to this new way of eating, but when you do, I can tell you from my own experience that you'll love it...and your body will reflect all the changes you make.
Be sure to track what you eat every day and stay within the limits you've established, and the best of luck to you.
"If you're going through hell, keep going."
- Winston Churchill
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