One of the biggest fears of people who want to start eating healthier is giving up their favorite meals and desserts. Well it's true if your diet is really high in "junk food" you may need to cut back but that doesn't mean you never can have it again. At the beginning of a diet program people are motivated and usually take an all or nothing approach to eating. This can be dangerous because if the temptation becomes to great to resist it can lead to binge eating and then discouragement.
If you're working hard an a weight loss plan, my first suggestion is to do some exercising!
If you are trying to lose weight and struggling because treats or unhealthy snacks are holding you back then schedule in your snacks on your calendar. Make every snack or treat you have planned. Mindless snacking has ruined many a dieter! For example say to yourself, after dinner on Tues.. evening we're having friends over and we're going to have a game night, I'll plan on having ice cream then. Then have a planned portion that won't set you diet back.
It's important that dieting becomes a lifestyle. Eating healthy shouldn't be something you do right before a big event that you want to look skinny for, it should be done every day. So make it a practice to have smaller portions when you treat yourself and incorporate healthy treats, ice cream might be great on a warm night, but chilled watermelon is great too!
Make today the day you TRANSFORM YOURSELF!
No, this doesn't mean florescent lollipops or neon popcorn balls! We're talking about Healthy fruits and veggies. They are nutrient dense foods, meaning they're filled with fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Being that their so low in calories, compared to other foods, you should reach for these at snack time instead of those greasy chips! You should also try to have some sort of fruits or veggies at every meal! I'm not counting potato chips or fries either.....
We are looking for bright, deep colored, vegetables and fruits. The deeper colors contain larger amounts of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Also the colors make a difference, different colors have different benefits!
Greens: Green veggies are packed with magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, and calcium. You don't have to get all your calcium from dairy! Greens also contain vitamin A, C, E, and K, and they help strengthen the blood and respiratory systems. So if you're just eating iceberg lettuce you're not getting the health benefits your body needs!
Sweet Veggies: Vegetables that are naturally sweet such as corn, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes or yams, winter squash, and onions etc.... are a healthy way to fill yourself and reduce the "need" for not so healthy sweets. If you can fill up on these sweets you are adding health to your body, not empty calories.
Fruits: Some "health professionals" say fruit has too much sugar and should be avoided. I say bullpucky! Fruit is vital to a healthy diet! Fruit is full of fiber vitamins, and antioxidants just like veggies. Berries are cancer-fighting, apples provide fiber, oranges and mangos offer vitamin C, and well you get the picture!
Try to add fruits and veggies to every meal and make it your first reach when it's snack time!
Make Today the day you TRANSFORM YOURSELF!