I am so very disappointed in myself. I can't believe I've let my weight get out of control again. What's so disappointing about it is that I know what I'm supposed to be doing and I know what I shouldn't be doing. It started with the excuse of stress, then vacations...then parties, then holidays, and now here I am. I've gained a whopping 27 POUNDS! What you may not know about me is that with my last pregnancy (my youngest is 3 1/2) I ballooned to 211 pounds and was devastated after I had the baby. I worked really hard to lose over 70 pounds and there is no way I'm going back! Well, the good news is I know what I have to do and am already on my way. All these years of dieting and one thing I've learned is that the best thing for you is not fad dieting, but really just getting back to the basics and eating right. Changing your habits and keeping the right foods in your house.
Here are some fundamentals that are the easiest thing to do right away in your home, not just for you, but for your entire family:
1. Keep fresh fruits available
2. NO WHITE grains.... only whole wheat or whole grain. Why? They are healthier for you, but also eating less of it gets you fuller faster and keeps you fuller longer! How can you go wrong with that?
Pasta...start with thin spaghetti if you're nervous.
Rice....I can never make a good brown rice, so I actually use the uncle Ben's microwavable rice, it takes like 90 seconds and it's done, it's really good. I also buy the brown rice from the chinese restaurant.
3. NO SODA (Watch the juices also!!) Way too much sugar! For soda addicts this may be the hardest thing to do. If you must.....have 1 diet soda per day. If you need the taste of your regular soda, diet orange is good, also the new Pepsi Max and Coke Zero taste like their full sugared counter parts.
4. Eat breakfast!! And...make sure your kids eat breakfast. Any breakfast is better than NO breakfast.
These are just some things that I think you can do right away. In the long run its all about making choices every day. When you're in the supermarket or about to put something in your mouth, stop and force yourself to think about what you are putting in your body or what you're giving your kids and it helps. Start reading and comparing labels. I have a ton of other suggestions but I think I'll spread them out.
I know one of the things people think is that eating healthier is expensive. Well the people at Walmart are helping to make that easier for everyone. Walmart is putting this "Great For You" icon for healthier choices to help making choices for you and your family that much easier. When you see this logo you can feel good about what you're buying for you and your family. Check out their press release here.
Now I didn't put this post up as a lecture. I put it up because I always feel like when I put myself out there in terms of my goals, it helps keep me on track, and also I know how hard it is as a latina there are certain things that I love....Did you read any of my blogs around holiday time? I don't want to say...don't ever eat this or don't ever eat that, that would be hypocritical. I love my food and I think its OK to eat what you want and indulge from time to time and don't deprive yourself. But when you make better smarter choices every day, those indulgences won't hurt you!
Anyhoo, maybe I'll put up some suggestions more often and also I'll keep you updated on my journey to get back on track! If you try any of my suggestions let me know I'd like to hear about it. If you have any suggestions or things you want to share with everyone share on!
Until next time mi gente!