Thoughts from a WW leader Maribeth:
3 things…I’ve learned about cooking and eating well:
1. You eat with your eyes first. She prefers to have at least 3 vivid colors on her plate and many healthy foods are colorful.
2. If it doesn’t taste like a 9 or a 10, don’t bother. She can be satisfied with a smaller portion if it tastes amazing.
3. Stop when you are satisfied. Focus on foods that you can eat that are lower in P+/calories and will keep you full longer.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Try to work a meal in advance. On Monday morning, Monday’s night’s meal is prepared and something is thawing for Tuesday’s dinner.
TOP 3 SHOPPING TIPS: (1) Tape a piece of paper to the fridge so you can write it down when you run out of something. (2) Stash coupons in your wallet or glove compartment so you have them on hand when you have to make a run to the store. (3) Stock up on some upscale jarred items for quick, easy flavor (i.e. capers, mango salsa, and roasted red peppers packed in water).
YOUR PLAN-FRIENDLY FRIDGE: The right choices, in the right places can help you stay in control.
1. Move foods that make you feel out of control out of sight. To go containers, dips or potential trigger items should be placed behind healthier items and perhaps in opaque containers.
2. Cut up fruits and veggies and store in single serve, easy to grab portions. Transparent containers work well for these as you are less likely to want to search for what you want. You want to be able to grab and go.
3. Add proteins that are P+/calorie friendly and will keep you fuller longer. Aim for lean proteins.
4. Satisfy your sweet tooth with single serving treats. For me, I purchase the single servings and am able to control my portion sizes to one. I am quite a fan of the FiberOne Brownie.
5. Lighten up dairy with low fat or fat free versions. Sometimes, it is difficult to cook with the fat free versions, but there is help online for that.
6. Swap regular dressings for low fat or fat free versions. Try making your own
dressings. I haven’t tried that yet. I will note that for myself personally, I don’t use the low fat or fat free versions because of some of the additives and the sodium content. Although I use the full fat version, I have been dipping my fork into it for years when I eat so I use very little of it.
7. Have a drink without extra P+/calories. Water is a great option. There are also the flavored waters and the mix-ins that you can purchase that may help, if you don’t like plain water. True Lemon is one of my favorites if I need something different!
FITNESS: Walk On! Try not to let the winter blues get you if you are an outdoor walker! Check out these cold weather accessories.
Step Safe: You can slip coil grippers onto your walking shoes, which provide instant traction so you can walk easily on snow and ice. Kind of like snow tires for your feet! Yaktrax Pro is the brand recommended.
Helping hands: Plush-lined gloves help your hands stay warm and dry, while the fingertip pads let you use your touch phone or ipod. Isotoner smarTouch 2.0 Tech stretch gloves is the brand recommended.
Face guard: Wear a scarf to protect your nose and mouth from the cold air before you breathe in; fleece is cozy but lightweight. PolarTec Aircore 100 scarf is the brand recommended.
Dry feet: Walking with wet feet is no fun, so keep your toes dry and toasty with warm, water-proof socks. Seal Skinz Waterproof Crew Socks is the brand recommended.
Take Care and God bless,
| current weight: 187.8