I know that fresh fruits and veggies cost more and have to be replenished more often then canned goods but the health benefits to me out weigh the hassles and the expense. I used to buy fast food all the time so I have taken that expense and traded it for fresh foods.
I did not cut myself off of all processed foods but have cut them down considerably. I don't need to eat lots of bread or pasta though sometimes it keeps me from going crazy and it does help to fill a void when one is tired of salads all the time.
I decided not to diet. I decided to have a "Live it" instead. I have to find a way to live and have a healthier lifestyle so I have opted to try to eat healthier most of the time. I do not drink sodas and I don't smoke or drink alcohol so those expenses never existed for me.
I want to exercise but do not have must energy for it yet. I work on my feet all day so I have to find something that I want to do and can do with the fact we have like two seasons. WET and COLD! So walking is okay some of the time but we get lots of rain most of the fall through Spring so that is almost out of the question. So in looking at my options I remembered that I love to dance. So I am going to learn some new dances. I am ordering a Beginners Bollywood DVD and would like to find a Zumba DVD somewhere as well. If I can learn some moves then I can dance to whatever my heart desires and that is the goal, to just move!!!
The draw backs with a diet is that one feels they are trapped and restricted on everything they do. It becomes routine and boring for me. I want to live!!!
So I have decided to make it a way of life and forgive myself when I fall off and then get back to buying and eating foods that are better for me. I feel better when I don't eat or ingest lots of sugars. I can not have artificial sweeteners so that leaves me the option of just limiting them when I can.
Processed foods have loads of sugar and sodium and are not good for our hearts. I want to get back to that youthful feeling I had as a kid coming to home to home cooked meals by my mom. She would work and then come home and cook food that was fresh. I loved it!!
When my aorta dissected in March of 08 I craved melons. I wanted watermelon and cantaloupe and grapes. I am not and have never been a grape person. But I craved that stuff then and I was losing weight just eating lots of fruit, it also stopped my cravings for sweets. I was able to satisfy my body and my cravings with something simple and fresh. So that is what I am doing. Eating fresh fruits instead of sugary desserts and snacks. Eating more fresh veggies instead of processed foods and limiting my meats and breads.
Honestly I am enjoying this and feeling good not only about what I am doing but about myself as well. I have lost 8 pounds since the 12th of this month so I must be doing something right at least for myself.
Find what you really want and go for it in a healthy version. If you want pastas, get the whole grain pastas and then limit them to just a few times a week. Find the veggies you like and if they are starchy ones or not as healthy, still have them but limit the amount and learn to enjoy some of the other veggies available out there. Try different cuts of meat, beef, pork, fish, seafood, chicken.... find out which ones you like and then find some awesome recipes for them so that you can have some without eating the whole critter by yourself.
Make extra food and then put some in the freezer before you dish yourself up and eat on smaller plates, Luncheon plates instead of dinner plates. Remember portion control and learn to control your eating and not let it control you!!!
So don't look at it as a diet, look at it as a lifestyle to LIVE IT!!
Edited by: VANALADIEL at: 1/23/2012 (23:51)
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