Secrets of Success
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Apples, BlueBerries & Strawberries, Mushrooms, carrots Cucumber, celery, Grapefruit, oatmeal & grits, Shredded Wheat Cereal, Garbanzo & kidney beans, diced tomatoes, ground turkey, turkey breast, chicken legs,1 beef shank to make soup and cabbage, Ham Chunks, skim milk & Greek plain 9% Fage yogurt, lettuce, tomatoes, eggs, frozen broccoli, Nature's Own Honey Wheat Bread, Munster Cheese, Bordens Fat Free American Cheese, Brown rice, wild rice, Dreamfield's Pasta, canned tuna, spinach, bananas
It has really helped me to plan my meals in advance and pack food to being with me to work. I eat 4 - 6 smaller meals thoughout the day rather than just a big lunch and dinner. The benefits? More control with my bs & successful weightloss!
I keep a chain of paper clips next to my computer monitor at work. Each paper clip represents one pound lost. They are always front and center to help keep me motivated. I remember to say "No thank you" to the office doughnuts.
When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.
To get over the plateau and keep your metabolism reved up.
Hunger isn't necessarily for food!
Kefir is a great source of minerals like calcium & magnesium, & phosphorus, which helps the body utilize carbs, fats and proteins for cell growth, maintenance & energy. You can try Kefir over fruit or cereal, in your morning smoothie, or straight from the bottle..there is even Frozen Kefir. Kefir contains different types of beneficial bacteria than does yogurt, but tastes almost the same....it is also easier to digest and helps with fatigue. Has vitamins and minerals,protein..a good probiotic.
My downfall is potato chips, crackers and chocolate. I love these! Of course, the sugar and salt don't contribute to healthy eating. The other day, I bought some "baked" potato chips that were low in fat. As I sat eating them, I read the label. Yuck - that was enough to say no to even this supposedly healthy option. My secret - don't buy them and bring them in my house to tempt me. Making healthy choices means having healthy options.
I found a site with 65 facts about diabetes related problems an facts. Interesting and a must read for those really concerned about their health. May help scare anyone into staying on track.