When I grocery shop, I take a list and then on a separate paper track the cost of everything I put in my cart. By taking the time to write down the cost of each item and keep a running total, not only do I save money, but I also am way less likely to throw those impulse buys in. No more "But they said they wanted to be eaten" cookies or gummi bears.
I find that if I pack my food on the night before I get to work and track my food that night as well, that I am less likely to go over my calories for the day.
Make your sauce CHUNKY with LOTS of veggies( tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, spinach, squash etc) It should be like a stew..Don't let it get "runny" . Boil 1oz whole grain pasta per person and when done- use kitchen shears to snip into small pieces. Mix into sauce and divide into servings. The veggies make up for the lower amount of pasta. And because it isn't a mound under the sauce- no one can gage how much( or little) pasta they actually have.!
Keeping your house stocked with handy healthy foods is easy if you make a habit of always picking up something when you pop into the market. I always just grab an extra rice cakes, whole wheat pita, broccoli, nuts, etc. so that I never run out of these basic items. I do shop monthly for the house, but I go to the market 1-2x week for fresh produce or milk, and I've found just grabbing some of these other items keeps me from accidentally running out!
I am a total sugaraholic! I set my goal on Nov. 1 to not eat processed sugar (including HFCS, dextrose, maltodextrin, etc.) and found it was so easy to stay under 1600 calaries a day which is my nutritional goal. So far, 10 days without sugar and I am feeling I am accomplishing something. I lost 3 lbs. last week too!
Try and mix fresh vegetables with your meals as much as possible. Always start your meal with the veggies. I find that this way I am much more likely to finish off all the vegetables. Also, I am less hungry when I get to the main dish, and while I still enjoy it, I am less likely to get second helpings :) Cheers!
If you find yourself in a situation in which you must make a choice of what to do or how to spend your time, it is very important that you put your own needs up high on the priority list--not at the bottom. Others in your life need you well-rested and healthy too!
Each day, I start off the day right - with SparkPeople! I grab my usual cup of coffee & bowl of oatmeal and log right into SP. I log my cals, then connect w/ fellow Sparkies, do trivia, read daily emails, blogs, etc. to get my day started off with some motivating & inspiring info!
Try adding pea and carrots, or mixed vegetables to rice or pasta or when making baked potatoes scoop out the flesh after its been baked and mixing it like mash potato but add spinach or broccoli to it and adding it back into the skin for twice baked potatoes!
Waging war against an ATTACK?- Journal! Carry a little note book everywhere. Keep at bedside at night. Bariatric Specialist said, “DON’T change anything you’re doing! JUST CASUALLY - MATTER OF FACTLY - WRITE IT DOWN.
Do the math! IF Eat n calorie range+exercise=deficit=lose weight! AND drink 9 cups ice water 7 days/wk BURNS Calories. Eat Drink Be Merry THEN Lose 1 Pound per week just Drinking Ice Water!
For my husband's health we had to cut down on salt. I've lost almost 30 pounds in the last seven months. Cutting out foods that had high sodium also meant healthier choices, too (e.g. no fast food or frozen dinners), so that helped in the weight loss also.