Like most people I know, I like to eat, but as I get older food is doing things to me. Fact is, my waist is getting thicker despite the fact that over the years I’ve exercised consistently and eaten fairly healthy. Maybe all that went into my body wasn’t organic and, yes, there was some food coloring, high fructose corn syrup and preservatives along the way, but until folks like Jamie Oliver started making us more aware of what we eat, that was the way of things.
So, if eating healthy still results in weight gain, what does one do? I am not one who supports fad diets or likes to count calories, but something’s got to change. Here’s what I’m thinking:
1. Cut back on sugar, a no brainer, right? Not for me because it’s always sugar I have a craving for which means I have it in some form or other every day. I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like, so passing them by will be a challenge. Hmmm, now that I think about it wine with dinner may also have to go because it converts to sugar. Who said sacrifice is fun!
2. Eat breakfast, a meal that is very easy to skip, but nutritionists say it’s most important. Cereal every day isn’t going to cut it, so I’m going to have to find some other easy to fix things, and that doesn’t mean donuts or pancakes or waffles….oh, what am I thinking?
3. Eat more Greek yogurt. I’ve heard it reduces belly fat, and mixed with fruit, it just may satisfy some of the sugar craving. Besides, eating more yogurt would be a lot easier than sit-ups.
5. Reduce portion size at dinner which likely means more dinners at home. With just 2 of us in the house now, that may mean finding creative ways to use leftovers as I find it very hard to prepare small quantities. Maybe another idea would be to have company each evening so there would be no leftovers.
Well, that’s about all I can handle for now. Tell me, what rules do you have for yourself when it comes to food and weight control?
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