Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Baby Steps . . .
After our scare with my husbands health, I talked to our family doctor about dieting. He said, you just need to take baby steps. He said he didn't even want me to say the word diet, because it makes you think . . . deprivation. He told me that we just needed to make better choices, but not all at once...baby steps! I am on a quest to eat healthier, and I would hope that losing a few pounds would be an added bonus!
So, here are a few of the things that we have been doing, and it's working so much better for us than dieting, I think we have both lost a few pounds, and we feel so much better:
1. Rather than cutting out all the food that we love, I have tried to just add something good to our diet, like more fruit, more veggies and better dairy options. Fruit, fresh veggies and dairy are your best options to have on hand to keep you away from processed foods. I try to stock up on apples, as they are our go-to choice of fruit. I keep salad in the fridge and try to have it with each meal. My husband isn't a salad eater, so I make sure I have some good things to put on his salad, like mushrooms, red peppers, pickles, and blue cheese crumbles. There are so many ways to make a salad better. We both love cheese, so cheese sticks are always in the fridge too. A cheese stick with an apple is a great snack. That doesn't mean that we don't have chocolate in the house, and a few chocolate chips mixed with raisins or nuts is a pretty good snack when you need something sweet. . . ;0)
2. I have cut out fried or overly processed foods. For instance, we still have hash browns once in a while for breakfast, but instead of butter, I use a very small amount of coconut oil or olive oil to cook them in. I bake, broil or boil, instead of fry. We also use our George Foreman grill a lot, and I am always surprised how much I like what we cook on it. We had a crazy day yesterday, so we bought pizza for supper. I chose the "Delite" pizza from our local take- and-bake shop, it was just as satisfying as a regular pizza, but with half the calories . . . small changes make a big difference. I love peanut butter, so I bought the natural, tastes just as good, maybe even better, and way healthier for you, and it's good with apples and veggies!
3. I have also switched to whole grain and high-fiber breads, and have cut back on the amount of bread we eat. I have a wheat grinder, so I can grind my own wheat, but there are really good whole grain and whole wheat breads in the grocery stores. Whole grain pasta is also really good, so much better than a few years ago when it first came out. I also use brown rice instead of white, and have cut back on potatoes - we still love a good baked potato, we just split one, after all we do live in Idaho!
These baby steps have worked for us, but I think we all have to decide what works for your own individual life-styles.
Have a wonderful day!