Variety is the Spice of Life

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In today’s guest post, Kathy is discussing techniques to staying on your plan while eating a variety of fun and new foods.

Trying new recipes is a great way of keeping your weight loss and healthy eating plan fresh and new.  I think one of the reasons we can fail is that we have this misconception that to lose weight you can’t eat anything good or tasty.  I have to admit, I was like that at one time.  I joined weight watchers* years ago and during one of the meetings the leader said…for a special treat, try sugar free gelatin and pour sugar free flavored soda over it.  I looked at my friend and said if that is the special treat that I am looking forward to, I give up.  I understand her thought…you want something to eat but do not have the extra calories to eat, here is an idea.  I was thinking, I don’t consider that something special.

I think that is what many people think.  How do I make losing weight a life long change if all I get to eat is plain, not much flavor and the same thing over and over?  The truth is that there are so many foods, seasonings, herbs and spices, types of preparation out there that you should never get bored.  You can also find so many recipes on line.

Try making a new dish once a week.  The best way to do that is to plan ahead.  I like to make a schedule or calendar of meals for the week.  That way you can buy ingredients ahead of time.  Sometimes new recipes call for things that you don’t normally have in the house.

Take one of your favorite recipes and make modifications.  My husband and I like chicken parmesan.  I still make it but with grilled chicken, whole wheat pasta and a healthy tomato sauce or even a can of tomatoes.  I still stay with my food groups.  Protein, vegetables (sauce) and whole grains (whole wheat pasta)  Add a salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, etc to add to your vegetables and you have a filling meal.  My only advice is to watch the amount of pasta that you eat.  Have a little extra chicken or more salad if you need more food.  Whole wheat pasta, even though it is a good choice, it is one food that I would not eat too much of.  Take a look at the serving size and stick with that.  Whole wheat gives more fiber and some of it is has a lot so if you are not used to eating a lot of fiber, take it easy.  Your stomach will appreciate it.

Eating healthier and losing weight is easier now than it was in the past.   You don’t have to eat cottage cheese and broiled chicken everyday.  You can eat so many different things, you just need an open mind and a little creativity.   I like taking time to think about new food ideas.  It keeps healthy eating fresh in my mind and it keeps me motivated to think of all of the possibilities.

Give it try!  What do you have to lose…maybe a few unwanted pounds???

Note: I feel Weight Watchers is a great program.  I have attended meetings in the past and learned a lot of great information.*

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