I still remember what my grand pa used to say when chiding,”You bet your sweet bip”. Back at home, a boring remake of Pinch kitchen would mock me daily. Food here necessarily carried a strict mandate; it should be healthy, delicious, and family friendly. Everything cooked was meant to be eaten in each category or it simply wouldn’t get made again!
An average cook in those days did muster some sort of taste mandate. True, food tasted great but it always took a while to reach the platter and needlessly paraded unhealthy fats, excessive calories with occasionally a pinch more of sugar or salt! Losing weight was not much of a challenge then.
Fast forward; fad food like everything else too changed hands. Health and healthy life styles gained priorities. And by the end of late 80’s, food was on an arduous journey of satisfying different menu, umami unmistakably among them. Plus, some irresistible vegetarian fare loaded with saturated fats was beginning to run wild as a fantasy cuisine.
Concerns that fat, luxury gourmet food was adding inches to the girth of every second person’s sweet bippy had begun surfacing. Not much in the beginning…but no sooner it was to become a common feel that “I’m not losing weight fast enough, despite following a healthy lifestyle”. Something was preventing people from seeing the changes everybody was looking for. The advices were perhaps misguiding or outdated!
From sizzlers to fries and from hearty brunch to luxurious spread, the food tasted great everywhere. But the battle for being deliciously healthy had just begun everywhere.
So much so for yesteryears….what began as an unsettling worry, today is every person’s anxiety over serious consequences of cheating food!
Losing weight is challenging at times. Even Harvey Diamond’s “Fit for life: Not fat for life” theory of food indulgence linked to weight loss doesn’t carry enough sway despite being uncomplicated. You might feel you’ve doing enough but still not get the results you want. In reality however, it’s not all that simple since you can’t eat fruits with other foods and dare not combine protein and starches. Whatever…if not much at least you can just follow one simple rule; “Eat more living food than dead food”.
So, if healthful living is not helping you shed inches fast enough, perhaps you should try going beyond what cookbooks tell you. Maybe you can cheat on what you eat and still lose weight!
Is your food healthy?
Not always really. Contrary to popular belief food sounds good so long it’s about eating fruits and vegetables. Yet it’s way too loose when it comes to choosing the starches and proteins, for it’s possible that either you’d shortchange yourself or overeat. Besides no dairy means you’re not getting enough of calcium especially when nobody knows for sure which veggies are calcium rich and which are not. Then there is one more nagging concern! ‘Dead foods’ (meats and starches) audaciously bulldoze the digestion system and zap energy leaving you feeling enervated. Unless you follow certain ‘food combining’ rules seriously, improper food pairing –supposedly harmful- would make you fat.
Don’t lose your mind, Lose weight instead!
Weight loss for many means forsaking the fattening food we all love. No creams, no chips, no wine, no burger, no sweets…no fun! But this kind of annoying melt-off regimen could actually end up with more cravings for forbidden foods and goals get abandoned long before their time. ”101 Foods That Can Save Your Life” couldn’t salvage much and doesn’t pitch for serious deprivations either! ‘Taking away a person’s favorite food can be a death knell to a weight loss plan’. Splurging on favorite foods should be an open option since anyone can follow severe diet plan for a short time only.
Sloughing 60 lbs in 60 days!
Everyone slips up when it comes to calorie counting and that’s fine so long as you don’t return back to it. When that happens you’d take note of it and would get right back into your food plan. What better way to avoid throwing in the towel! Besides in any case it’s almost impossible to size yourself A+ when it comes to weight-loss attempt.
Since you’re craving for delectable food isn’t going anywhere soon and you’d want to indulge even more when somebody tells you ‘not to’, these tips could save you from falling out of grace and help you with that irresistible urge to gorge.
Eat more of heavy foods
Lean protein and fiber are the food that is known to go for long distance. Eggs, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, soups, salads, lean meats, seafood and low fat dairy, all could fill up your insides fast and help tame your appetite. Always look for healthy snacks since you cannot afford to go for long periods without eating.
Say ‘Yeah” to flavor hits
Eating whatever you love in its most intense and tasty form is perhaps the best way to have less of it. This way you can have not much of it and yet get the flavor you’d die for. For instance if you’re crazy about crackling, crispy salty snacks, simply splurge on gourmet sea salt or kitchen salt and sprinkle it over a ripe, red tomato. You’ll not only have more brilliant bright flavor to relish but a better salty hit. Believe me, you’ll use less and less of it over the time and wouldn’t miss anything.
Eat only what you love most
Truly, nobody wants to talk bad about their body and would be hawkish when it comes to weight-watching. If the food that you love is bad for your diet, then it had better be good. But you can still have it guilt free. All you need to do is watch and budget your calories. Instead of gulping down a trio of donuts each morning with coffee wouldn’t it be better to splurge on something as savory as a small wedge of creamy cheesecake?
Moreover if you are a dessert lover and wouldn’t want to miss anything to eat out, it’s a great deal important to go through the menu first. This way you’ll know for sure where you are really headed and that will make it easier for you to skip creamy clam chowder or deep fried cheese sticks and settle for something more subtle like a slice of pecan pie perhaps!
Small bite makes big changes
Of course you can have it all, but not all in just one day. No food is off limits so long as you eat it sensibly. A couple of bites of dark chocolate is as good to satisfy your cravings without belting in too many calories as a small portion of cheesecake with a dusting of cookie crumbs instead of having a crust soaked in 6 tablespoons of melted butter! You can further prune down reduced- fat ingredients like light cream cheese and try a little less sugar. Lemon and lime zest add extra tang and while heightening the flavors make a dessert lighter so you can have more of it.
Small steps add big results
Whenever you indulge in diet splurge with a plateful of colorfully garnished food, don’t forget to top it off with a walk around the office building afterwards. Savor a pizza slice and a cola for your daily lunch, but…four times a week instead of five. These small actions can help you with big results. Find out changes that work best for you.
Our natural in-built hard wired resistance to anything uncomfortable and upsetting is what makes us fail on diets most of the times. That’s what makes it so important to be wary of our food experiences! Being more aware of what’s on your plate, is always a mindful meal experience so long as we know what we are splurging on.
Incredibly, there’s always been a way to eat your cake and lose weight! Knowing well that you cannot forsake your favorite temptations for long and you’ll break down sooner or later and overindulge, isn’t it easy to ‘eat it with full consciousness…lick your lips and then move on with your life’? So, why not try a more sensible way to love your cheese cake and manage your food splurge and calorie count? You bet you can cheat on your favorite food anytime and still beat the scales.
Your chances of weight-loss success are far more decent in the long run ‘cos ‘the more you know the more you can eat’!