Healthy eating = Eat salad Right?
This is most people’s first move on the path to healthy eating . It was mine. I figured choose the heap of lettuce over the steak and mashed potatoes and I’ll be on my way to a slimmer me.
I had much to learn….
Little did I know that while the veggies in my salad were a great start, the Ranch dressing drenching the entire thing amounted to more fat and calories than many of the non salad options. My salad ordering mantra quickly became “dressing on the side, hold the cheese, and croutons, and anything else fun”. I would be left with a boring bowl of lettuce.
Now, I know this info is nothing new. Some of the first things you usually discover when learning about healthy eating choices are tips such as ordering your dressing on the side . You follow them and live day-to-day depressed by your lack luster plates of food. Eat to survive right? Not to enjoy . NO WAY! I love food, in fact I’m Looney for food.
Here are 5 healthy eating tips that I follow:
- Don’t drink you calories: Sodas, juice, smoothies, etc. pack a calorie punch. I would rather save my calories for eating more food. There are plenty of calorie free beverage choices anyway. Hello water.
Make healthy swaps:
Bread, butters, jellies, cheeses, ice cream, don’t give up all the things you love. Its easier than ever to find lower calorie alternatives to all these supposed “non diet foods”. My low-calorie french toast is a perfect example.
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Everything in moderation:
As long as I’m adhering to my daily calorie goal I can fit in anything. If I want a Oreo or some chocolate, I just plan ahead to fit it in my day. If I’m feeling I need a big bowl of ice cream, I will simply find ways to shave calories off my other meals to account for it. As a word of caution, NEVER skip meals to try to calorie hoard. This will back fire! Believe me I have tried this and it leads to the dreaded state of Hangriness. Instead fill up on water dense fruits and veggies to feel full and satisfied for minimal calories. My 64 calorie Oreo cream cheese cookies or Oreo energy balls satisfy my cookie craving without having to sacrifice many calories at all.
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Don’t keep tempting foods in the house ( or make them hard to get to)
Stop buying items that you have a hard time sticking to a controlled portion size. If it’s not in the house for you to binge on, then obviously you won’t. I understand that sometimes this is not possible because someone else in the house must have this tempting treat. My trick for this situation is to make it hard to get to. I do this with nut butter jars. I can’t eat just one, or 3, servings of peanut butter, it’s just not happening! So I put it on the top shelf , (I’m only 5’3″ so this is way out of my reach) with a box of dried pasta teetering on the top of it. This way when I go to devour it in the middle of the night it’s not so easily accessible. I have to stop, get a chair to reach it and grab it. If I haven’t come to my senses at this point, when I go to grab it down, the box of pasta I so strategically placed falls on my head.
Take your box of cookies or anything else you don’t want to binge on and separate it into pre portioned baggies. Now when you go to eat them you won’t be tempted to grab the entire container, sit down and mindlessly polish it off. You can also buy foods already pre-portioned if its easier. I’ll use peanut butter again as an example (do you think I might have a peanut butter addiction?). There are a few companies that sell it in single serving packs. This is great because in addition to making it impossible to overeat, it’s a lot easier than trying to portion a jar out yourself into a bunch of tiny containers.
This is just a small list of healthy eating tips I use in my everyday life to stay on track, but never feel deprived. I’m a volume eater, so for me finding lower calorie versions of things, even if they don’t taste quite as good as the original, allows me to have a big portion of what I am craving. Its quantity over quality for me. For many people a small bit of a treat at its full decadence is satisfying enough. You have to choose which works for you.
Are you a volume eater?
Which would you choose, quality over quantity or quantity over quality?
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