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2,167 3/31/12 4:11 P
I have realized long time ago that food choices result from habits. So I have given up many foods that I used to enjoy in exchange for natural foods. I would never want to the other way around, i.e. I would never give up natural foods in exchange for their refined versions, unless of course there is a good reason, like pollution.
I don't believe in fully giving up anything. I don't believe in making rules about what I can and cannot eat. I listen to my body, eat what makes me feel good, what gives me energy, and what satisfies me. Every once in a while I'll have a bigger meal, order a pizza, have a burger and fries - but it's not every day, and when I do, I make sure it's the good stuff and not just a waste of calories. I have tried denying myself before, and it just backfires. This is about finding a balance that I can maintain for life, not about forcing myself into something I can't keep up.
So, there's nothing that I've given up - at least not anything that I'll miss. I don't eat fast food anymore like McDonald's, Burger King, etc., but that's not much of a loss, since I don't really consider it to be real food anyway. If I'm going to have a burger and fries, it's going to be the real thing made in a real restaurant or at home on my own grill - but I'm still going to have the occasional burger and fries. Why not? Eating it once a week or once a month isn't what made me sick - eating it every day and not caring about my body and never getting up and moving is what did that, so that's the battle I'm focusing on fighting.
- Ice cream WILL be real. I'd rather have a scoop of real, full fat, creamy ice cream than 2 scoops of fat and sugar free ice cream - Chocolate. There will always be room left in my calories for chocolate - When I go out for dinner (maybe once or twice a month) I will order dessert if I want it.
As you can see, I have a sweet tooth! For me, portion control is the key for managing it. It stops binging and allows me to enjoy sweets daily, without guilt!
Fitness Minutes: (196,117)
5,902 3/31/12 4:17 A
totally cutting out sweets, I've tried to teach myself "MODERATION"
I will not give up dessert. I have a reasonably healthy dessert every night of the week, but I have s splurge once a week, like a cone from TCBY. Mommas special cooking, like meatloaf and chicken pot pie, is also non-negotiable. Dads chili too, but that's not really bad. Oh, and NO fat free milk. Must be one or two percent.
Fitness Minutes: (44,090)
196 3/30/12 5:20 P
Real cheese, real mayonnaise, real butter, whole eggs, real sugar (I can't stand any substitutes they give me headache for days). I don't eat it often, but when I do I want my bacon real
- Eggs (the yolk in particular). Unless I eventually have cholesterol problems and have to stick with egg whites or the Egg Beaters thing, I am going to eat the whole egg. It's a high-quality protein source! - Fast food. I absolutely cannot and will not give up my beloved fast food! But it is an occasional treat, and I make sure to eat healthy most of the time so that I can occasionally enjoy a nutritionally devoid meal... heh. - Rice noodles. I have no problem doing away with white rice in favor of brown rice, but I love my pho and rice vermicelli dishes. Even if they put me in a temporary food coma right afterwards.
- Certain homemade recipies, like my dad's mac and cheese or lassagna. - Cheese and milk. For some reason I can't stomach fat free cheese or any ther milk other than 2% (even when I don't know that these ingredients are being used) -Deserts. I don't regularly eat deserts, but if I feel like making cookies or cupcakes I will break out my grandma's recipie book. If someone offers me a piece of cake or pie, I will probably eat it. -Tim Horton's. Again not a regular thing but if I want a Fruit Explosion muffin, or an Ice Cap I'll have one. - Juice. I don't know what's healthy and not healthy when it comes to juice, or if I should be drinking it at all but I do enjoy my juice - I am sure there are health benefits to tofu and sea food but I don't like them, so I won't eat them.
Of course I plan accordingly when I indulge in these things, but they are just that an indulgence. (Well except cheese and milk)
Edited by: LISHWA at: 3/30/2012 (14:41)
Fitness Minutes: (8,582)
728 3/30/12 12:41 P
Microwaves and HFCS
I'll eat my food cold. If I want to reheat it, it goes on the stove or in the toaster oven. I won't use a microwave, or eat food that has been microwaved.
The number one "healthy change" I will NEVER make:
Mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatos. I see this bit of advice all the time and it makes me nuts. You can make perfectly healthy mashed potatos with skim milk, real butter (used sparingly) and a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese. Mashed cauliflower? Disgusting waste of time (I'm not a fan of cauliflower period).
Hiding veggies in other food. This may be fine for your bratty kids but I need to be an adult and just eat the veggies in their real form (cooked, raw, whatever) than trick myself.
Soy or other milk substitutes. I've tried them and they're awful.
As far as junky foods are concerned, I continue to eat junky things in moderation until they stop appealing to me (like Hostess cakes--I used to love them but now they taste gross--same with super greasy fast foods).
My baba (grandmother) makes lunch and invites us grandkids once a week. It's usually full of real cream, carbs, and at least 3 choices for dessert. And I go every time I get the chance. It's an opportunity to visit with her, and I just consider that a "splurge" meal for the week. There is nothing that would make me stop going.
Fitness Minutes: (49,790)
327 3/30/12 12:11 P
I definitely think moderation is key. 2% cheese. I started drinking soy milk instead of nonfat milk and like the flavor a lot more. I eat healthy most of the time...I don't compromise on ice cream or dessert in general. 'diet' ice-cream isn't good and leaves me wanting more. If I want cake or cookies, I allow myself to have some. Luckily since starting on this journey, my sweet tooth has calmed tremendously :)
Club Soda with a lime and lemon wedge or sparkling unsweetened tea with lemon for soda. Plain Fat Free Greek Yogurt for Sour Cream Skipping the McDonald's drive thru in the AM for a quick breakfast. Planning my meals out in advance. Not splurging just because I feel like it. If I want something I let myself have a small amount (prime example-- Last night while doing my TA gig I really wanted a chocolately sweet treat, so I went to the vending machine with another TA and got a Reese Cup, but instead of eating the two that were in it I only ate one and let the other girl have the other.) I have upped my veggies and fruits and just completely cut soda out.
However, just like you there are things I just won't change outta my diet. I like baking and thankfully I have the self-restraint of a mule and don't eat a lot of the stuff I make, so I refuse to bake (or even eat) artificial sweeteners.
Real bacon. I'm imagining people cringing at this but I tried multiple brands of turkey bacon and its just not the same.
Fitness Minutes: (7,980)
329 3/30/12 11:18 A
I agree with you on the lettuce - totally useless and tasteless - I substitute baby spinach for it.
One thing I won't give up - real desserts. My husband is a former pastry chef - when he makes a dessert (such as the real cheesecake he just made) I will have a real slice after dinner LOL. I just practice portion control
pizza. If Im going to have a piece of pizza I want a lot of cheese lol
Fitness Minutes: (41,738)
523 3/30/12 1:48 A
Personally I think it's silly to throw out egg yolks constantly.. it's where most of the vitamins and minerals are!
Due to personal restrictions, I can't eat a lot of fats, so I'm accustomed to the nonfat foods. I will *never* eat full-fat milk products except for cheese and then never more than an ounce at a time without blotting it (like on pizza).
But: -Peppers will NEVER willfully grace my plate. -I absolutely REFUSE to stop eating cake completely. And I will make my own buttercream and it WILL use real butter. None of this other stuff. -Artificial sweeteners. They've never caused me problems, and they make water bearable. -Giving up "caloric drinks." Drinking only water will *never* happen. I like my milk, and I like my grape juice. - Switching to low-sodium anything. I won't do it. Of course, I need the sodium more than most people (yes, I have to eat MORE sodium, not less of it, for medical reasons)...
Like everyone else here, I have made significant changes to my eating habits. I've cut some foods out entirely and drastically reduced others. Some of these foods are because I've found great, healthy substitutes (hummus instead of onion dip for my snap peas and carrots), some are because I never really ate them to begin with (beef), some are just foods that I've phased out as healthier eating has changed my tastes (pizza).
Whilst looking at mac and cheese recipes to see if I could tweak my dad's recipe, I realized that I'm not willing to trade in the deliciously fatty version in exchange for using velveeta (which isn't *actually* cheese) or any other such low-fat cheese food nonsense. I will make mac and cheese the way I've always made it and I will enjoy it as a treat. Surely I'm not the only one who won't compromise on certain foods. What are yours?
I despise skim milk. I'm perfectly happy to take the 20 extra calories and 2g of fat in a cup of 1%.
Cheese made with 2% milk? Cool. Fat free cheese? Not happening.
Egg yolks. If I ate more than two or three eggs a week, I'd probably be more willing to take some of the yolks out, but I love the yolks and I'm not giving up the two or three I consume every week.
I won't eat lettuce. I think it's a completely useless, totally tasteless excuse for a vegetable. If I'm making a salad at home, it's often just all the other veggies thrown together. If I'm eating out, I always order it with field greens (or spinach).
Butter. I don't use a whole lot of it -- I bought a pound when I first moved into the house I'm in now (a year and a half ago) and a half pound of it is still in the freezer, so that should tell you how much I use -- but I will never, ever, ever trade butter for margarine or some oil-based butter substitute.
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