I now always eat consciously, never while driving, never in front of the computer or t.v., never while multi-tasking. I make every meal and snack an event all its own. I SIT DOWN, take a little time with meal prep and presentation, and eat as slowly as I can - enjoying every bite. I stick to single servings of single foods, and I've all but eliminated huge sit-down dinners with three courses, bread, and dessert. They're not even missed!
I eat whatever I want - not what I "think I should" - but within reason. I don't pig out anymore. I am limiting my sugar drastically, and not wolfing entire boxes of Lifesaver Gummies or Good & Plenty when we watch a movie at home anymore. I'm not snarfing ice cream with Hershey syrup every time my husband eats a little bowl. I'm not eating entire bags of buttery microwave popcorn. I'm not sucking down glasses of sangria whenever I feel like it. I'm not eating second helpings of ANYTHING, and I'm trying my absolute hardest to AVOID ALL WHEAT. I bought the "Wheat Belly Diet" book for my Nook. I haven't had time to start reading it yet - but I will ASAP. When I don't eat ANY wheat for a couple days straight, not only do I drop pounds, EVERY time, but I also end up having the most ridiculous energy I've ever experienced. Wheat CLOGS ME UP and slows me down!!!
And finally, I am putting down my fork as soon as I start feeling a little bit full. I am not clearing my plate every time I eat - I save my leftovers, and eat them for a snack later. I've NEVER done this! Now, when I'm full, I STOP - get up - and walk away. This is probably the most important new "tactic" I have. I feel empowered that I am able to do this now! I am re-training myself, one day at a time. I eat completely differently than I did just one month ago.
My biggest challenge continues to be restaurants. SO many of them just don't have anything on them that fits into my new plan! I mean, come on - I can only eat so many side salads and cups of vegetable soup! I have found a few places that are "me" friendly, though, and I will continue to go there when possible!
I'll share a couple of my new faves, too:
|This grew on me after a couple times eating it! Now I'm addicted!|
|Don't laugh - these are sweet, rice, and SO tasty! And FOUR of them only contain 35 calories!|
|New fave flavor - key lime! Tastes like lime sherbet!!!|