DIET- The Dreaded Four Letter Word

Diet. It’s like a curse word. Almost everyone I know is either starting a diet, on a diet, or going off their diet. Why is it so hard for us to keep the weight off? Ask my husband, who has never had a weight problem, and he’ll tell you “The best diet and exercise routine is to push yourself away from the table.” Easy for him to say.

One thing I’m seeing is alot more diet books. Are they good? Who knows. I think with dieting, you need to find the one that’s right for you. I have tried many, but find that what works for me is to try, and that’s a big word, to eliminate the white foods, i.e. sugar and white flour products. I love to cook so when I am making meals for my husband “Slim”, I try and incorporate my diet meals into the menu, so that I can stay on course. I have also added exercise to my daily routine. Since I have to be in the office most of the day, I try to squeeze in 30 to 45 minutes on the treadmill at least five days a week. I have family members who work, and on their breaks and lunch hours go for a walk. If I didn’t have a treadmill, I would probably try to walk in place or maybe put on some good dance music and burn calories that way. From what I read, we should get no less than a half hour of exercise 5 to 6 days a week. My next goal is to add weight training to my routine.

There are some great diets out there. Some even supply the food. I like to cook, so I like a diet where I can prepare my own food. I have gotten good at reading labels and try to stay away from the trans fats and high sodium foods. As much as possible, I cook and eat what I call “whole foods” i.e. fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats. poultry and fish. With seasoning you can make food taste great, plus I often go online and search for recipes. I sometimes will substitute an ingredient for one that has less fat (such as sour cream). In a lot of recipes, you can’t tell the difference. It’s fun to experiment. Sometimes it turns out, sometimes not.

Another “trick” I use is to eat on a smaller plate. I often eat my lunch and dinner on a salad plate. It makes it look like you’re eating so much more food.

When I go to a restaurant with family or friends, we will often split a meal. It not only reduces your caloric intake, but saves money too. Can’t beat that.

I find that when I record everything I eat, I become aware of what I am putting in my mouth and before I know it, if I reach for something I shouldn’t be eating, I tell myself “no”, as I don’t want have to have to record that in my food journal. Then I will reach for an apple or something else healthy instead. It all comes down to choices. If you really want to be held accountable, let a loved one read your food journal. No cheating!

Even if others don’t compliment you on the good job you’re doing, know in your heart, you are doing great and on your way to a healthy weight. And, a new wardrobe. How fun will that be? If you “fall off” your diet, don’t beat yourself up. Just get back on it. And, remember, drink lots of water.

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One Response to DIET- The Dreaded Four Letter Word

  1. Jomay says:

    I think a lot of people are a little fed up with all the fad diets out there and your advice is sound – thinking about what you are eating (and whether it is really what you want!), making time for regular exercise because it makes you feel good, eliminating some of the junk foods and eating whole foods – all great things for a healthy lifestyle.

    As someone battling with emotional eating myself and finally winning it is refreshing to focus on health and how I feel rather than counting every calorie I eat. Making some key choices like you suggest can have a great impact.

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