Friday, March 29, 2013

"Why can't eat anything I want?" - Petulance towards Food

This is a question that I have asked many times and I am sure you have as well. In reality, no one is stopping us from eating what we want, but we often deny ourselves the foods we enjoy in order to achieve and maintain and reach our  'goal weight'. This habit of denying the things we enjoy sometimes backfires in harmful and undesirable ways. While there are no foods that are inherently bad or good, the rule of moderation will have to be remembered when preparing  and planning your meals. There has to be a balance and variety in the foods we eat.
Here are some tips on how to overcome this:

Use food exchange Lists
Food Exchange lists like the ones found in the Eating to Survive series are helpful because they show you viable alternatives to your favorite foods without sacrificing nutrition. The idea is to find something else that will be just as filling if not more to substitute for a seemingly unhealthy option. We use this concept every time we choose whole wheat bread instead of the regular white bread.

Enjoy your favorite Foods in different presentations
Why not? Have you ever watched 'Cook yourself thin'? The show  that airs on Lifetime is the perfect example of using your favorite foods in different ways whilst still enjoying them. So, instead of ordering a pepperoni pizza, try a vegetarian one instead, or better yet make your own pizza.


 Take a bit from each food group for a meal
Selecting a wider variety of foods on your plate, in smaller proportions, that are deliciously prepared, and your senses will be so much more satisfied and satiated. You will hardly realize that instead of having your usual leg and thigh with a spoon of rice, you had some beans, vegetables and rice with a leg.

If you don't know how, then learn
Experiment and explore new ways to enjoy  your favourtie foods. As always the internet is an excellent source for recipes and tutorials on preparing new foods. Be open to new textures and flavors and do not be discouraged, there are ways to enjoy your favorite foods.

Yes you CAN eat what you want, you just need to learn how.

Please enjoy the video below with some fantastic tips on snacking.