My food philosophy has evolved over the years. When I was first on Weight Watchers it was all about getting the most food for my points daily with out a lot of regard for proper nutrition. That worked for a while until I lost a significant amount of weight and my daily points and calories needed were shrinking right along with me. Sounds great right? Well the less I weigh the less calories I needed to sustain my trimmer body.
As necessity is the mother of invention, I started trading in my low calorie, low fat, refined carbohydrate foods for fresh fruit, yogurt, veggies, soy protein products, brown rice, raw nuts,whole wheat bread and dark chocolate. I was already eating lean protein, like fish and chicken breast, lean pork, beans, lowfat cheese and milk. I sparingly use a little bacon, butter and olive oil in my recipes.
I can actually eat a lot more volume with these whole foods, feel fuller longer and feel good about how I am fueling my body. These are the foods that I eat daily.
I have made some important dietary changes. Despite my love of baking, sweets have become an occasional treat, rather than an every night neccesity. I have also eliminated artificial sweeteners, using Agave or Stevia instead. They have a lower impact on blood sugar, are all natural and taste good too.
Organic produce is finding it’s way into my household these days. I purchase about half organic right now concentrating on things that can’t be peeled. I can’t afford to go all organic all at once. It is a shock to the budget!
I heard Dr Oz say that we should think of the food we eat as a prescription for our health. He suggested that we ask ourselves if our doctor would prescribe what we are about to put in our mouth. It is a sobering thought.
I don’t have any foods that I say I will never eat again but I do have foods that I only eat a few times a year. That would be fried foods and high calorie desserts. I don’t fry foods at home and once in a great while I will order something fried when dining out. Usually it happens when we travel back home to NE and I decide to indulge in some of my childhood favorite local good eats! I like sweets and now and then I choose to enjoy a special dessert.