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Making it a Lifestyle - Not a diet

Saturday, February 23, 2013

I have been on a diet for 43 years. What that says to me is "Diets Don't Work" If they did, I could have stopped dieting 40 years ago. What you need to do is re-train your mindset. Food needs to be something to nourish the body instead of a hobby. emoticon

I think that finally I am starting to get that new frame of mind. Some of the things that have changed in my life during the past year are:

1. I do not purchase "processed food". I buy whole foods (fruits, vegetables, meat, flour, etc.). Shop on the perimeter of the grocery store and do not go down the aisles - The perimeter has whole foods and the aisles are mostly processed. I have always wondered if you should eat something that has words in it that you cannot pronounce. I know that when foods are processed, much of the food value is lost so they are not really nourishing my body. I put gasoline in my car to make it work - I have never thought of putting junk into the tank, because I know the car wouldn't work properly. But, I put all sorts of junk (sugar, alcohol, fats, salt, and those words I cannot pronounce) into my body and expect it to keep running. Something is wrong with that picture.

2. My Excuse #2 - "I don't have time to fix dinner if I can't get it out of the box." It does not take much time to peel a carrot or orange.....Or Put meat and vegetables in a crockpot in the morning so supper is ready when I get home. Just a little planning ahead. I WILL NO LONGER USE THAT AS AN EXCUSE.

3. My excuse #3 - "Well, I still want to go out with friends and have a good time around the dining table with food and wine." Once again, just a little pre-planning. I have finally gotten into the habit of planning my meals around these events. Have a low calorie breakfast (Orange & Yogurt, for example), Make a green shake for lunch (or other low calorie snack), and at supper time you can enjoy a meal with friends complete with wine and dessert and not sabbatoge you eating plan.

Habit #4 - I do not have to eat a large quantity of food. I do not need seconds. If I want a taste of something - take a spoonful. If I really like it, I can taste it again on another day. In the past you would have thought that I went hungry at sometime during my life. It seemed as if I needed to eat it all or I might starve tomorrow. When I fill my plate, I have learned to not let any food touch. This keeps my portions at a more reasonable size. Second thing I learned to do is USE A SMALLER PLATE. Do you really need that large dinner plate or platter?


One of the things which have helped me greatly is Spark People. I can put the foods I eat onto my nutrition page and know right where I stand. (It doesn't really help to cheat here, you are only fooling yourself - No one else cares) If I have gone out with friends for lunch, I might find that I have only a few calories for the evening meal. Don't sweat it - I HAD FUN WITH FRIENDS and I can have a salad for supper which will not mess up my eating plan.

I am now on a new eating plan to make my body well nourished and well. I am never going to diet again.
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    I hear ya on everything I too need to just say count those cals your only hurting your self - so back to counting the cals and be good during the day if you want to go out with friends
    Great Blog
    1882 days ago
    I really like your blog.. I can so relate with #3 ! ! Things are really beginning to make sense to me and change the way that I think about eating..

    The small breakfast and lunch and leaving dinner to eat with my family has really helped me to stick within my calorie range.

    Good Good Good for you! YES it is a life style change & it's wonderful to know that it doesn't end.. that for once it's for good.. that I'm in power.

    yeah for YOU! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Jane emoticon
    1882 days ago
  • KA_JUN
    +1, great blog. I'm of the same mindset, and it took a long time for me to process the principles you've set out, but they really do make the most sense.

    Clean fuel, planning, and a lot less eating out work wonders!

    1882 days ago
    I can really relate to this - not so much about being on a diet all my life, but having the impression that I HAD to be on one. I have been up and down like a yo yo - and I know diets may work, but there comes a time when the diet comes to an end, and if you haven't learned new ways to keep the weight off, well, it comes back on. And here I am, trying to now learn a lifetime way of eating and exercising. I will never go back to a diet again either - I just want a common sense approach to lasting weight loss and maintenance.
    1883 days ago
    Great advise!
    1883 days ago
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