Healthy Lifestyle Versus Diet

When I hear the word “diet”, I cringe.  The first thing I think about is what I can’t eat.  When I hear “healthy lifestyle”, I think about things that I can eat, only less of them.  I prefer to think that I am living a healthy lifestyle, instead of dieting.  Dieting has always meant to me, temporary.  Something you do to lose some weight, and then you go back to eating the way you were.

I don’t want to do that.  I want to eat healthy, lose weight, and then maintain my weight when I reach my goal.  In order to do that, I have to eat healthy.  I have been doing this for a little more than 4 months, and have lost 35 pounds.  The weight is coming off slowly.  I have more energy.  I feel better.  I am also exercising.

There isn’t a food group that I can’t eat.  There are ways that food are cooked that I need to avoid.  Chicken and fish are great proteins to eat, but the worse thing to eat if they are fried.  I don’t eat fried foods anymore.  Sweets are bad for you in large quantities, because of the sugar in them.  But, if I pick sweets that have a low sugar content, and limit the amount I eat, that is fine.  Also, I have found that if I make my own sweet desserts, I can eliminate some of the sugar content normally found in that item.

I have reduced the portion sizes of the foods I eat.  I use a smaller bowl, or dish, to eat out of.  I also eat slower, and drink water before I eat.  This helps to fill me up faster.  When I am in the kitchen, and go to reach for something to munch on, I stop and ask myself two things:  1.  Am I hungry?  2.  Am I reaching for something to eat because I just want to munch?

For either question, if the answer is yes, I reach for something that is healthy.  Carrots are my go to snack when I have the munchies.  A bowl of vegetables and fruit if my stomach is telling me I am hungry.  It’s all about the choices you make   when you go to reach for food.  I am always eating something, but I am eating healthy.  Now that I am used to eating this way, I have found that I don’t ever feel like I am starving.  I eat small meals, and snacks, all through the day.

If you are thinking about going on a diet, don’t.  Instead, change to a healthy lifestyle.  Healthy foods and exercise. are what you need.  Think long-term.  You have a better chance of succeeding if you don’t eliminate food groups from what you eat, just the way they are prepared.

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19 comments on “Healthy Lifestyle Versus Diet

  1. One of the most difficult things for me is portion control. I’m doing pretty good so far this year, but I’ve had a lot of stress and my appetite has been affected. I just hope once all the stress is gone, I can be mindful of the portion control. And you’re right, using the word “diet” I think can sabotage a person from the get-go.

    • I can relate to the stress. That’s a big reason I used to eat a lot. I like to eat when I’m really stressed out. To help me with that, I make sure I have carrots in the fridge at all times. I buy the small carrots in a bag, and they are already cleaned. That way, I can grab and eat.
      For portion control, putting my food on a small plate, or in a small bowl, has helped a lot.

  2. portion control is huge with me. When we’re out to eat I have been asking for a to-go box at the beginning of my meal and I put 1/3 away for later so I don’t automatically eat everything on the plate they give me.

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