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A New Way of Eating

I had decided that 2010 was the year I wanted to get healthy, and stay healthy.  I joined my local YMCA and started the grueling process of working out, eating right, and getting more rest. Find your local YMCA at www.ymca.net.

Nearly three months later, I found that my initial regimen just wasn't cutting it.  It took me nearly 20 minutes of huffing and puffing it to get a mile racked up on the Elliptical, and more willpower than I could muster to walk away from the junk food. Now, with ease, I can run 1.5 miles in under 14 minutes and StairMaster my way to a mile in 12 minutes. And I'm proud of it.

However, I wasn't prepared for the ravenous hunger that I experience with working out 5+ hours a week. I found it was easier to pass on the junk food, but when my everyday menu was looking more like an appetizer, I knew I was in trouble.

Through research, I found that I need to be eating more. Eat more to lose weight?  Insert confusion here.  I keep a daily food journal, and after looking it over, I was eating what I thought was enough.  Now, I find, that I need to continue to eat my 3 meals, but include healthy small snacks throughout my day. The key to small is portion control. In doing this, I keep my metabolism up and my crazed hunger at bay.

Snacking can get out of hand quickly if you aren't prepared for it.  To keep control, I use the #7J55 Easy Find Lids 1/2 cup containers; they are great for maintaining my snacking.  In these, I pack a serving of almonds to eat with a piece of fruit or a small serving of low-fat cottage cheese to pair with whole wheat crackers.  I noticed that if I packed the same amount of food in a larger container, I felt as though I wasn't eating as much.  It's a visionary trick I play on my stomach, and I can eat the proper portions while making it look as though I was eating much more.

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I have spent a lot of time on the internet finding suggestions for healthy snacks, the proper way to eat 5-6 times a day, and stumbled across a few helpful websites:

Finding my niche in the gym is the hardest thing I could do. Persistence did pay off and I know now what my body can handle, responds to, and my limits. If your gym has a personal trainer available, many offer a free session that you can utilize to get whatever questions you may have answered.

Here's to a healthy 2010, and the start to a happy new lifestyle!

 
  

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2 Responses to A New Way of Eating

  1. Jamie Baker March 26, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    I love the idea of keeping chips in smaller containers, and have even found that the 100 calorie packs keep my grazing at a minimum. I try not to keep such items in my cupboard, but when I crave my junk food, ignoring these cravings has resulted in overindulgent distasters. Smaller snacks and eating slowly has helped me to really enjoy, and appreciate, my junk food. Thank you Jill!

  2. OrderUpOrg March 26, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Jamie, thanks for sharing this! It’s important to find a system that works for the individual so it will be easier to maintain.
    The tip about using a smaller containers to trick yourself can be quite effective. Transferring ‘sometimes’ foods like chips or ice cream from their original containers into smaller bowls also helps reduce mindless eating.
    Wishing you continued success with your healthy 2010!
    Jill Marie Hively, RD, LDN
    http://www.OrderUpOrganizing.com

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