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A&I week 3 challenge - How have I changed my eating habits since joining SP!?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

How have I changed my eating habits since joining Sparkpeople!?

Wow this is a difficult one for me. Mostly because as much as I would like to buy all the healthy things in the store, I am still in my 20's and still establishing myself in life and so my $$ just can't afford all that I would want and need for "healthy eating." Maybe I will one day get to where I can have all the things that I want for my healthy lifestyle. So let me tell you what I have learned based on what I can afford and how I do it.

#1 portion control. If doesn't matter what it is you choose to eat as long as you are watching the amount of the portion at which you are eating. we can even have some of that "bad stuff" for you sometimes as long as your don't over indulge in it.

#2 Water. Drink tons of it. As much as you can consume in a day! No less than 8 - 8 fl oz.

#3 Freggies (fruits n veggies). I try to include these with every meal. I honestly buy the cheap stuff most the time, bananas, fresh pineapple, green beans, broc., fresh asparagus. My new fav thing to make is picco de gallo. (its like a salsa but not as juicy) Its great to add to meals, as well as use for a salsa, or on top of salads instead of dressing.

#4 Plan ahead. I try to plan my day ahead of time. What is for breakfast, what am i bringing to work for lunch, what is going to be for dinner. Planning helps you to stray away and stop by mcdonalds on your way home from work cause you are SOOO hungry (which i have done soo many times)

#5 Track your food. I have tried not keeping track of the calories I consume in a day and I have found that it just doesn't work. At some point I still go over by more than i plan and it end up not continuing to loose weight. Track everything. Don't even forget the 5 crackers you ate as a snack because those 5 crackers can matter :-S

#6 Have a cheat meal. Now im not saying eat soo much that you consume 3000 calories in this one meal. It means eat something that you may not normally have eaten during the rest of the week. That one thing that you crave but say no too cause it is not on your diet. I still try to watch the portion control. But treat yourself for your hard work you have done for the week. Ideally I do this the same evening as I weighed in so that I have the whole week to make up for it.

#7 Don't give up. Even if you screw up, tomorrow is a new day. Don't give up just jump back on the wagon and give it another go. I think this one is the MOST IMPORTANT!

I still have soo much to learn but these are the key points to my daily and weekly healthy lifestyle that I have learned since joining sparkpeople.
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  • SHOYER
    Wonderful! I like pico di gallo, too! I really like your list. It makes sense, isn't overwhelming, and accounts for most of the issues I face on a regular basis. I need to start tracking my food intake, even if I can't find the nutrition/calorie count info for everything. I think the sheer list would give me pause. I did this a few years ago for a little while and kept those sheets. Now when I look at them I think, gosh, I really didn't want to know exactly what I was eating, because I didn't write down size/weight/volume of everything.
    Maybe I can start on doing it right, one thing at a time.
    2739 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    YOU sound LIKE YOU DOING GREAT WITH THE CHALLENGE. I HAVe JUST JOIN THE ASPIRE & INSPIRE team and wanted to say hi. emoticon
    2740 days ago
  • CATHYSFITLIFE
    You really are doing great for being so young! Most people don't learn these lessons until they are in their 30's or late in life it seems. It is hard to buy some of the healthier foods even at my age. You just do the best you can with the money you have. I agree that planning ahead is one of the most important things you can do. Thanks for sharing!
    2743 days ago
  • NICKI109
    Cassie, you have learned so many things, you should be proud of yourself. It is hard and expensive to buy all the healthier options. You have learned some awesome lessons and I agree it is important to stick to the lessons for the most part but you definitely need to step away on occasion. Hugs
    2744 days ago
  • BARBIE176
    emoticon blog Cassie and I think you are doing awesome. You have learned a lot; now the trick is to just do it more days than not. I agree that tracking is really important and like you I sometimes think those 5 crackers don't count ( but since I am not losing it is obvious they do). It is emoticon that you are trying and learning at such a young age. Keep up the emoticon work. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2744 days ago
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