I think more anything I saw something today that was both in me and my mom--we both ran from the hurt and pain inside us. For me I took most of my comfort in food. Today a friend sat next to me in church. She is someone I have come to love a great deal, because she was the one who said, Say it! Say it! Tell yourself you love yourself! Today I felt like I could be there for her, little did I know her love and support would help me get through an email that was so painful. Through it all I see myself getting healthy step by step.
Some of you have said, they do not see the pounds coming off yet. I have also heard you are replacing the sugar and soda with other things. I do that too. But today I decided it was okay if I did that sometimes, because I was breaking habits and cutting back in small ways. And it is all those small things that will begin to add up to big things.
Kathys' blog a few days ago had some excellent ways to cut back on things and I wanted to share them with all of you. For those who follow Kathy's Blog....it's a repeat but knowledge is power right and the more ingrained into us, then the better off we will be. You can skip to the bottom if you would like. Here is the list of ways to cut back:
1. Serve dinner on a 9 or 10 inch plate (you'll eat up to 22 percent less).
2. Serve popcorn in a small bucket instead of a huge bucket (you'll eat 34 percent more if popcorn is given in a very huge bucket).
3. Use tall, thin glasses instead of short, wide ones (you'll pour 29 percent less).
4. Store all your snacks in small single-serving food-storage bags (you'll eat up to 20 percent less).
5. Keep the main serving dishes on the stove or counter (you'll eat 19 percent less than if you kept the food on the table).
6. Move potato chips to the back of the pantry. (I buy the $1 bags or so and when they are gone they are gone. I don't buy the huge bags!)
7. Include a fruit and vegetable with your lunch and dinner.
8. Don't eat white foods at dinner.
9. Use the half-plate rule (fill half your plate with salad or veggies).
10. Have a sweet or salty afternoon snack only if you first eat a piece of fresh fruit.
11. Drink one glass of water before every meal or snack.
12. Use the Restaurant Rule of Two: Limit yourself to two items other than your entree.
13. Never eat in front of the TV. (My problem is my car!!!)
14. Eat a piece of fruit on the way to work every day.
15. Freeze half of what you make, and serve the other half.
16. Save desserts for weekends.
This article was written by Brian Wansink who is the director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab and author of Mindless Eating.
I think there are some good ideas in here. I like the smaller plate idea. Last year I would get a burger and salad. Now I know that sounds like it is not healthy, BUT I didn't have seconds and leftovers and it really helped me to cut down on my appetite. I am trying to have a salad every day, I have a 64 oz bottle I fill with water I try to drink every day. There are many ways we can take these and incorporate them into our own plans. Because I don't eat sweets, I think I am going to take it and apply it for pasta one day a week. I do love a good plate of spaghetti!!! Just remember if it doesn't work the first time, don't give up!! This week is going to be a better week for me and you!!!
Here is to more healthier us!!! We all can do this!!!