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Friday, July 08, 2011

When I weighed myself June 30th and vowed to put my scale away for a month, I vowed to do something else different as well.

I decided to try and eat more "natural" foods. Sounds simple enough right? Not so much.

When I was around 15 years old, I joined a weight loss program where I ate boxed meals. It thought it worked REALLY well. I learned portion control. I got to see what combinations of foods I SHOULD be eating. In all honesty though, that was ALL it did for me.

I am 36 years old and I have been eating "fake" food for most of my life. Imitation egg, fat free mayo, boxed meals, fake, fake, fake. I have made myself so scared of eating "real" food that I never taught myself to cook "healthy" meals.

On July 1st, I decided to try eating "real" food again. All the fake crap wasn't getting me to my goals for whatever reason. I started googling healthy recipes using REAL ingredients. Cheese! yay, veggies, anything I want really. I started eating foods with FAT again. Tuna sandwich with REAL mayo. DELICIOUS. Almond butter. YUM. Oh fat, how I have missed you sooooooo.

I know it has only been a week, but I am noticing a big difference in my eating with "real" food. While I AM eating more fat, I am NOT as hungry. I can EASILY maintain a 1200 calorie a day meal plan. I feel satisfied for the first time in a long time.

For so long, I would eat my fake food, then be hungry for another fake food item within 30 minutes. Obviously this has not been working for me, as I have been a sparker for 3 years and have been at the same weight.

I won't know how "successful" this will be for me until the end of this month. What I do know is that I am not craving sugary foods, I don't feel deprived, I am eating what my family is eating, and I am able to make foods with clearly defined portion sizes so I can continue to keep track of my food. It feels so gratifying to prepare a tasty, visually appealing, HEALTHY meal that everyone eats. It feels good to eat REAL food again.

It feels good to eat a serving of a food and be satisfied. I often wondered how the skinny girls did it. How did they eat that small serving of something and be fine. I often wondered why people ate "real" food on here when there was a lower calorie version of the same "fake" food available. I think I get it now........



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  • JIBBIE49
    emoticon I weigh daily, and would never put my scale away for a month. I do buy Organic fruits and veggie.
    2565 days ago
  • HEALTHYONE2008
    Thanks for the wake-up, this is just what I needed to hear. I have been eating a lot of sugar items,(graham crackers and ice cream) processed foods, etc. Weight is not moving verry fast. Time for a change.
    2565 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Real food is delicious. Now when I try processed food I cannot take the fake taste.
    Even my hubby is convinced, eating real food helps us consume less.
    emoticon
    Keep Sparking!
    2565 days ago
  • FREECANDY
    So true, I also have been much less hungry since I cut way back on "fake" processed garbage.
    2565 days ago
  • TEENY_BIKINI
    You go girl!!
    2565 days ago
  • SKFEREBEE
    emoticon to clean eating! And isn't it so much more tasty and satisfying? emoticon
    2565 days ago
  • KRILLFURY
    Good for you! Many years ago I did Nutri System and while I lost weight with it, I never really learned how to "fend" for myself.

    I'm so happy that you've gone the "REAL" food way. It really is the better way.

    Personally, I like to cook together some fresh spinach, onions, tomatoes, garlic in a pan with about 2 tspn of olive oil. I'll fry that up and when it's done, I'll add just a little grated cheddar cheese until it's melted. Then I put everything in a spinach tortilla or whole wheat toasted pita break and voila! Lunch!

    Here are a couple of links that I enjoy:

    http://www.slowfoodus
    a.org/

    http://eatrealfes
    t.com/

    Happy eating!
    2565 days ago
  • TANYAP71
    If you are looking for a magazine, I've found 'Clean Eating' to be a great help. We have liked pretty much everything we've tried!
    2565 days ago
  • JONICACALDWELL
    Good girl!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    I was eating sugar free jelly beans once and my boyfriend at the time said, "you know if you ate less crap you could eat actual meals". Yikes!
    2565 days ago
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