It's already the first week of 2013, I can't believe it! If you've made a…
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Confession: I don't eat until I'm full; I eat until I'm miserable. You know, that feeling you get after eating at an “all you can eat” buffet? After you add a soda and start to feel like you're going to explode? That's when I'm satisfied… that's when I'm happy. Until then, I'll stuff my face – and hate myself afterward.
When I was a kid, I lived off of convenience foods – anything microwavable, really. There was always a case of soda in the fridge. I ate pizza at least a few times a week. I was thin as a rail, played basketball several hours a day, and never had to worry about my weight.
Fast forward to having kids over the course of 7 years, four of them to be exact, and I am 100 pounds heavier than I should be. I don't say that lightly, and I'm actively working towards my goal of losing at least 50 pounds, but I say it so you know where I'm coming from with these tips.
I am not like “normal” people where I can just tell you to drink a glass of water before a meal so you don't eat as much. That doesn't always work with me. I'm going to share some realistic healthy eating tips and what's been working for me over these past two weeks.
Healthy Eating Tips
1. Try lettuce instead of bread to wrap burgers and sandwiches. I don't really care for bread, so I don't miss it when I do this.
2. Have dessert a few times a week, just make sure it's somewhat healthy. I'm a huge dessert fan, so I'm learning to “healthify” my sweets. I won't lie; I still ate ice cream once.
3. Make sure snacks are high protein and low carb. I eat a lot of pumpkin seeds. Yes, they're salty. Yes, sodium is bad. We're picking our poison here, people. They help me keep my hands busy so I'm not constantly feeling the need to eat.
4. Use Meta Appetite Control to curb cravings throughout the day, and feel less hungry in between meals. One thing I've noticed is that no matter how hard I try to lose weight, if I'm hungry, it just doesn't work. I have to drink lots of water, eat high fiber and high protein foods, and now I've been drinking Meta Appetite Control once a day. (You can drink it up to three times a day.) I've been at it for two weeks and have lost three pounds, which isn't very much but the goal was just to see how it worked and IF it worked. I think it helps keep me on my toes and reminds me that I can drink instead of eating again and again.
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5. Have a meal plan (there's a sample one below, with links to all the recipes!). If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Having a menu plan, even if it's just a rough outline, will help you stay on track with your healthy eating goals.
6. Count something. You don't have to count calories if you don't want to, but counting something – carbs, points, etc – will help keep you accountable.
7. Have a back-up plan. I knew I'd be going out to eat a few times throughout the past 2 weeks while I was tracking my weight, so I brought Meta Appetite Control with me. I put it in my water and waited a few minutes to eat. I got a to-go box right away and put half of my meal in it, and pushed it to the other side of the table. Out of sight, out of mind. I don't like leftovers, so the girls got to eat the rest.
7 Day Summer Meal Plan
Breakfast: Breakfast Cereal Cups
Lunch: Caprese Bites + Salad