Saturday, March 19, 2011

On eating healthier...

I have never paid much attention to what I eat. I'm lucky to have a naturally slender build, and it took awhile for what I was eating to catch up to me. Plus, I wasn't eating fast food very often, and I don't eat a lot of dessert, so I was probably eating pretty healthy - right?

Not so much. Because my pants are too tight right now. And I don't care what size you are, if your pants don't fit, they don't fit.

My sisters and my mother are all very healthy eaters, so I got some pointers from them. There was just so much I didn't know. Main problems with my diet:

  • Cheese can't be the only food I eat. And I can't eat so much of it.
  • Ditto when it comes to bread.
  • I need way more protein and fiber.
So, I've begun a quest of healthier eating. Not necessarily dieting - just making a conscious effort to make healthier choices. I'm by no means an expert, but here are a few things that have made this easier for me:

  • Snack, snack, snack! Eating every few hours takes the edge off your hunger, and keeps you from eating too much during meals. Plus, it keeps your metabolism working non-stop. Fruit and nuts are my go-to snacks.
  • Choose stronger tasting foods. I love cheese (see above problem). If I put a stronger tasting cheese, like swiss, on my sandwich instead of say, American, I can use less but still get the taste. If I put mustard on my sandwich, I don't need nearly as much mayo. 
  • Check serving sizes. This is what blew me away. The serving size for the chips I brought for lunch yesterday? 13 chips. Which is not at all the serving size I was usually eating. Oops.
  • Drink water! I bought a huge rubbermaid container from the grocery store that I fill up each day with 64 ounces of water, and I make sure that I drink it all throughout the day.
What are your healthier eating tips?


  1. being a recently diagnosed diabetic, i can tell you that MOST people overeat! thin or not.. portion control is OUT OF CONTROL! best trick, get yourself a food guide book {which lists serving sizes for just about everything} and this will change the way you look at food, forever!

  2. Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Yes, I stole that from Micheal Pollan!

  3. Veggies. Skinny Bitch is a wonderful cookbook and she's got one that focuses on vegetarianism and veganism (and one for those crazy omnivores). Less meat is always best (says the vegetarian)


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