What can I say? I like snacks. I enjoy chips and candy as much as everyone else, but I have some big goals so I try to make good choices. Losing weight is not about dieting, at least for me. It’s about eating reasonable portions and making healthy choices most of the time. But does that mean I won’t eat cake? Of course not. I like cake just as I like the other snack foods I’ve mentioned. And over the last year I’ve learned that I can enjoy portion-controlled junk food from time to time and still be successful in my weight loss.
Here’s how snacking on junk food is different now: I still eat chips sometimes, but I eat one ounce of chips instead of mindlessly eating chips from the bag until its gone which always left me feeling bloated and lethargic. And I know that chips don’t keep me as satisfied as snacks that are high in protein or fiber so I usually eat carrots or celery or a cucumber with the chips because I stay fuller longer.
I’ve also learned that sometimes I prefer vegetables. Yes, I said it. Sometimes I crave vegetables. It’s amazing how delicious veggies can be when they’re seasoned well. Earlier this week I attempted to make corn salsa for a dish I would cook for dinner, but I soon realized that this stuff is addictive! It’s a great point value (1 WW point per serving,) and it’s easy to serve because you can eat it hot or cold. It’s great with chicken or fish, but it’s also good as a go-to healthy snack.
Most importantly, I’ve learned that I don’t have to deprive myself of everything I love in order to lose weight. That being said, I have learned that it’s okay to say no to myself sometimes too. I don’t believe in the theory that we should always eat what we want when we want it because if we don’t we’ll binge on everything else. I see that point in that theory, but I’ve had to learn about self-control too. Believe me, I’m still learning. Often times when I’m craving something I turn my thoughts to something else, and before I know it then craving has passed. Again, this isn’t always true, but more often than not it is.
How do you curb your cravings? I received so many awesome breakfast ideas a few days ago so now I want to know about your snacks. Do you have a favorite healthy go-to snack? Or a few? I’d love to know what you’re eating between meals because changes keep it interesting.
In other news, Day 3 of the PEWC is complete, and I’m happy to say that I consumed over 16 glasses of water again Wednesday. I’m keeping track on the side bar because I want to know how I feel after this increase. I can already tell you that I feel much more satisfied throughout the day. And I’m looking forward to seeing other benefits over the next few weeks.
How’s your water intake? Are you drinking 8 glasses a day? If you’re part of the challenge and would like to be featured on Sean’s blog or mine, just take a picture of yourself drinking water and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You can also send us a line or two about how the challenge is working for you. We’d love to hear from you! Until then…
Bottoms up my friends! =)