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Get Ready: Healthier Food Choices

Thursday, September 26, 2013

I know I spend a lot of these blogs detailing my previous life. It's probably getting boring at this point, but I do have a reason for revealing it. While I was living that life, if you would have asked me, I would have said I was eating "mostly healthy". Inside, maybe I would feel a bit bad about that little white lie, but in many ways, I thought what I ate wasn't half bad. If the grocery store sells it, it can't be bad, right?

Or maybe not...

The fact is, sometimes we know what we're eating isn't healthy (such as with McDonald's and Twinkies), but other times, we don't realize what we are eating isn't healthy. Pizza can come with veggies as toppings - healthy, right? OK, so a burger and fries don't have veggies - just order a salad with it, right? In fact, a salad is good all the time, regardless of the dressing or the cheese or the croutons, right?

Fact is, some things are healthier than others. A salad can be better than a burger, which may be better than fried chicken, but you have GOT to watch what you put on it. The salad stops being so healthy when you add flatbread, croutons, chicken, and enough dressing to bath the continent of Australia. Such as this monstrosity that I used to frequently eat until I realized it had about 1000 calories in it:

It's great to eat smaller portions of foods, but even if you are eating only 2 or 3 Oreos, perhaps that is 2 or 3 Oreos too many. Maybe there is a healthier choice for that sweet tooth. Maybe some berries and cool whip or a single square of dark chocolate. Or some recipe you found on SparkRecipes:



I totally plan on trying these soon! It looks wicked delicious!

Making healthier food choices is a key ingredient to a lifelong Health Journey. While it's OK now and then to eat a couple of Oreos, wouldn't it be better to get your sweet tooth satisfied with A) a healthier food and B) one that you won't have to regret later? Maybe those calories you spent on the Oreo would be better spent on something you want MORE, such as a good wine, a nice coffee, or just a square of good dark chocolate.

Looking back, I know that my past food choices weren't all that healthy, no matter how much I tried to convince myself and others they were. I know better now, and I know something else: a food doesn't have to be soaked with fat, salt, and sugar to make it taste better. Satisfyingly sweet or savory or salty HEALTHY foods exist that will help me maintain my 118 pound loss AND make my body feel good afterwards :)
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    yeesh! a 1000-calorie salad! And that's just one meal! What was I thinking? Who was I kidding?

    A little bit of high-quality dark chocolate goes a long way. I deserve the good stuff.
    1728 days ago
    I don't do Twinkies Never thought they tasted good But I do work at Mc D's (no emoticon ) emoticon Always love to hear what you have to say (read) Thanks! emoticon
    1728 days ago
    A great blog Carolyn. I agree with everything that you have written.
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