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.