Making the switch to healthy eating

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Not that long ago my DD came into my room & laid down on my bed (I'm a fortunate mom whose teenager still likes to talk to me & cuddle!) "What's that?" she asked. Well, to my horror, she had just spied the box of Devil Dogs I had hidden under my bench. She told me that she didn't eat those so I didn't have to keep them in my bedroom. What she didn't know was that I was hiding them so that she wouldn't see me eating them! That's right, I was a secret eater. I'd come home & stash the unhealthy food in a cabinet with my china (meaning a cabinet my DD never opened.) That was a big wake up call (plus not being able to fit into any of my clothes!) What was I doing? I vowed to stop the closet eating. If I wanted a Devil Dog I'd eat it in the kitchen; no more hiding food.

Next week will be my 4 month Sparkversary and what a difference in my eating habits! No more Devil Dogs or chips or cakes & cookies. I'm not depriving myself; I just don't want them. Tracking all my food has made me conscious of what I put in my body. I guess it helps that I like fruits & vegetables. It also helps to have a daughter who is very health conscious and wants to cut out all processed foods, which we are working towards.

What do I snack on now? I have a new favorite and highly recommend it! I mix one cup of plain Greek yogurt with 1/2 T of honey, 1 T of wheat germ or 1/8 cup of granola, sprinkle in some cinnamon and add whatever fruit I feel like eating such as 1/4 cup of blueberries & 1/2 cup of strawberries. Today I think I'll have some mango. This is so delicious, nutritious, and satisfying! Greek yogurt is more expensive because it takes 3x the amount of milk to make it but it's worth it. It's double the protein of regular yogurt so it keeps you full longer. You can also get Greek yogurt with the fruit already added but I really enjoy mixing up my own. My daughter loves this too and had it for dinner.

I think it's really important to take pleasure in what you're eating. I don't believe in forcing myself to eat foods I don't like although I will try anything at least once. There are lots of new foods I plan on trying, such as kale, and will add to my diet if I like them. I'm always looking for new recipes so that I can add healthy foods in new ways. Eating healthfully doesn't have to be a chore!

So who needs Devil Dogs?
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    This is where I am striving to get learned this very quickly. It has taken me over a year since starting spark and I still struggle with this everyday. I'm getting closer and closer though!

    Congrats on your progress!
    2881 days ago
    Your "closet eating" reminds me of a lady I once knew who called herself a "closet drinker". What makes me remember her so well is that she ACTUALLY consumed any and all her alcohol standing up in her closet!!!

    2885 days ago
    You know, I really wanted to have potato chips a couple of days ago and I DIDN'T like the taste of them!

    I had about a handful and gave it up.

    It's amazing how much things change in our lives.
    2885 days ago
  • SHRINK71
    Wow. I can totally relate to not wanting my daughter to see me eating all the "unhealthy" stuff. What a wake up call is right!!
    You have made some incredible changes & you should be SO proud of yourself!!! YAY!!!

    (I am a BIG greek yogurt fan myself... Yum!!!)
    2885 days ago
  • MISSY455
    Thanks for sharing! I haven't tried adding honey to my greek yogurt, will have to next time. You are doing such an awesome job on your new healthy lifestyle, and your attitude is a big part of that!
    2885 days ago
  • TERESA159
    Ha! I used to be a secret eater too. And i admit that I still am once in a great while. My favorite trick was to pick up some kind of treat each time I went shopping. Like a Butterfinger in the check out or pull into the drive-thru on my way home or grab a cookie or two at the coffee shop. It was a terrible habit but somehow I felt like I was winning because I was getting the sweets and junk food I wanted and hubby never knew. Am proud of you for breaking your secret food habit!!! I know it's not easy.
    2885 days ago
  • CHAR1970
    Great attitude!
    2885 days ago
    I knew you were awesome. Thank you for your honesty. You have done such a fantastic job! emoticon emoticon
    2885 days ago
    Good for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • REYVE01
    When you think about it, a change in lifestyle can becomes fun.... keeps your mind alert, is rewarding, is chalenging, it is never boring is it????
    2885 days ago
    The Greek yogurt recipe sounds good, I might try that. I have plain in the house, right now. I buy plain and use it as a substitute for sour cream. Most of the time it gets used in my jalapeƱo poppers. I buy "fruit yogurt" to eat as yogurt.

    I *love* that you're having it for dinner. I too don't have rules about certain foods for certain meals. I just go with what I'm in the mood for. I don't do many "rules" very good.

    The word "Devil Dog" is making me chuckle; I've never heard that before. I don't think we have that in Chicago?

    Congrats on 4 months coming up ... how cool is that?
    Congrats on a great relationship with your DD.
    Congrats on not hiding.

    So who need Devil Dogs?
    Not us my friend ... woo-hoo!!

    Thank you for sharing; you're an inspiration.
    Have a Terrific Thursday ... :-)
    2886 days ago
    Good for you - and brave you for "fessing up" about the secret eating! My DH is a food hoarder. He doesn't have a weight problem and he doesn't eat in secret, but he hides food that he doesn't want to share (like your DD's original premise about the Devil Dogs). I think it goes back to some competitive thing between him and his brother when they were kids. He leaves his food in plain sight in the pantry when it's just me around (apparently I have never been "competition" for his junk), but if one of my kids are in the house, suddenly he starts creating secret stashes - and the funny thing is that it's usually for crap that no one else would eat anyway. I find jelly beans in his dresser drawer in our room, and don't even get me started on the food he stores in his car. If we go someplace together, it's a few minutes before he drives out of the garage to the driveway where I'm waiting - and I know it's because he's moving animal crackers, jelly beans, gum drops, PB crackers and the like off the passenger seat and stowing it some place in the back of the car. He also eats a lot of fruit for snacks, but doesn't feel compelled to hide it - thank goodness!
    2886 days ago
    I'm with you on that. I don't even WANT the devil dogs anymore!

    I am going to try your recipe...sounds yummy! emoticon
    2886 days ago
  • BECCAJ98
    Proud of you! Keep it up!
    2886 days ago
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