I've been trying to change the way I've been eating for the better lately. I'm amazed at how quickly I can get full on so much less food than I was eating before. It's been a real challenge for me though at night after the kids are in bed; the urge to snack is very strong. I've lost 2 pounds in the past week which isn't much but it's a start.
There were 2 things that pushed me to start paying more attention to how I was eating: 1)I have a gig coming up that is going to be filmed and played on a local TV station and 2) Heidi's success with her eating journey.
So what have I been doing? Eating lots and lots of salads! Salads for atleast 1 meal a day, and sometimes a side for the other meal. If it's the meal I always "beef" it up with egg whites, tuna, fish or chicken and lots of yummy veggies. A typical day would look like this: Breakfast: Oatmeal with dried fruit, walnuts, 1 tsp brown sugar and 1/4c whole milk on top (YUMMMY). Snack: Apple, banana, orange or fruit smoothie. Lunch: Beans and Rice or a salad. Snack: Granola bar or fruit or yogurt. Dinner: Grilled Marinated Chicken with a veggie side and some rice or couscous. Then I'm done eating for the day. No more mindless snacking throughout the evening. Sometimes if I'm about to go to the gym, I have a hard boiled egg as I'm leaving the house. My trick is to plan out my snacks and it really keeps me from doing anything stupid. It's not hard to grab a banana or granola bar before I leave the house and eat it when the time is right.
It's actually been quite good for the grocery and restaurant budget as well which is a major bonus. So I hope I can stay on track a bit more with this plan so that it just comes very naturally to me and I can lose those remaining pounds that I gained during pregnancy.
The sad thing is that I'm going to take a bit of a hiatus from baking bread. The kids have been coping with whole grain waffles with peanut butter and tortillas with cheese but it's not the same. I'll start making it again soon. I'm just trying to build up my will power a bit more.