Friday, July 17, 2009

Lose The Fatty Friday: Changing Your Diet

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I'm not sure how many of you accepted last week's challenge of swapping all of your drinks to water, but if you did it successfully...congratulations! Make sure you let me know if won the challenge. If you didn't accept the challenge, you can still do it! It's never too late to begin drinking only water! You'll feel awesome too.

Alright, so thank you for coming back to Week Two of Lose the Fatty Friday! This week we will be working on changing our diet. Not going on a diet, but changing what we eat. You don't have to make any major changes. I am all about eating whatever you want to eat, but the key here is proportion sizes. Pay attention to your "serving size" on the foods you eat. You'll be surprised at how much you are over eating. I became obsessed with this little exercise when I realized how many calories were in foods that I were eating. Now, I'm not saying to count calories, but I think you should be aware of how much you are eating. Go to your favorite restaurant's website, find your favorite meal, and check out how many calories is in that meal. It will blow your mind! Instead of avoiding these foods all together, cut them in half. My favorite burger at Applebees is the Bacon Cheddar Burger, but the first thing I do when the waiter sets it down on the table is cut it in half, and put the other half away. I'm satisfied when I finish the first half, and don't even want to know how I would have felt had I eaten the other half. So try cutting your proportions in half. You'll be surprised at how satisfied you are with eating half of what you would normally eat. We tend to over eat without even realizing it.

One of the major changes I made in my home is that I changed all "white" breads over to wheat. I buy 100% whole wheat loaf bread, wheat spaghetti noodles, wheat flour, etc... Why did I do this? Because white bread turns into sugar. There is nothing healthy about it. You may think that you're eating a harmless ham and cheese sandwich for lunch, but if it's on white bread...you're just putting sugar into your body. You may think you're having a harmless plate of spaghetti, but if it isn't wheat spaghetti, then all of those noodles are going to turn into sugar! Now, you may be turning your nose up at the thought of wheat spaghetti, but to tell you the truth, I was a little surprised when I tried it for the first time...it is delicious! I felt alot healthier just by switching all of my breads over to wheat.

Did you know that you can have fried pork chops without frying it in the frying pan? I didn't either until my Mom tells me that I can bread it and then bake it in the oven! In fact, you can have country fried steak, baked in the oven. Do you know how much healthier this makes your food? That vegetable oil that you're frying your meat in, is not healthy for you at all! So, next time you want something breaded like pork chops or cubed steak...bake it in the oven!

So today we have covered changing all of the breads in the house over to wheat. Spaghetti, flour, loaf bread, noodles, etc... We also learned that you don't have to fry ANYTHING in the frying pan. The only thing that is permit-able in the frying is bacon and sausage!

This Week's Challenge: Change your diet. Switch all breads to wheat, and fry NOTHING. Cut your portions in half, and continue drinking nothing but water.

Never hesitate to contact me with a question you may have. I'm here to help!

5 comments:

Mighty M said...

Popping by from SITS to say hi. Happy Friday - you look great!! ;-)

Jenny said...

We did change to wheat bread, but we just can't get used to wheat pastas. I do eat brown rice, but I'm not sure if it's any better than white rice.

Samantha said...

I'm not big on rice, and for some reason I love wheat spaghetti. I can't believe that I ever ate white bread. I'm so used to wheat bread now...I can't ever imagine switching back.

MrsM said...

We eat white whole wheat-it's wheat, but with the same consistency as white, and without the bitter taste of the "grainy" bread. I also use the frying pan for only 2 things-searing meat (like steaks or pot roast which I then broil)and stir fry which is just meat, veggis, and seasoning/sauce.

The half portions thing is really true! People wonder why America has such a problem with obesity-it's totally because of the portions here. For instance in Japan a can of Coke is 5.2oz (as opposed to 12oz here).

Samantha said...

Cutting proportions in half is definitely a problem solver. I don't think I ever realized how much I was over eating until I started doing that. Even though I don't drink soft drinks, the hubby was drink Gatorade every day. When I told him to look at the servings size on the bottle, it was less than half of how much was in the bottle. You don't think about those things.