A confession and need help with healthy meal ideas.

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 4
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Don’t beat yourself up too much! First off, some of that weight will be water weight and some will be the body storing glycogen, so up to 7lbs of it will fall off really quickly when you start dieting. Drinking loads of water will help. Secondly, just try to make sure you cut back on carbs (not completely but I find they tend to be what bloats people out and makes them gain weight) and concentrate more on veg and proteins. Lastly- I fully approve of the idea of eating less and moving more. You don’t even need to cut back much on eating if you just up your daily activity a bit. I don’t mean necessarily exercising, just being on your feet more each day. Maybe try and get a daily walk in of 45 mins or so. I lost 4 and a half stone this way (although I’ve been pigging constantly this winter, I really need to get it under control lol). I know this advice might not work for everyone, as everyone has different metabolisms/body types, but it definitely worked for me. Also, if you don’t have allergies to them, apparently eating eggs for breakfast each day is really good for weight loss. As is eating basically the same foods each day- your body gets accustomed to digesting them and so it speeds up your metabolism (although that can get boring, so I would suggest one day off a week). Oh, and before I forget- eat little and often to keep your metabolism going, or at least try and eat your biggest meal of the day before you do your busiest activity so you have more time to burn it off, rather than eating a big meal for dinner for example and then sleeping on it until morning. My friend lost 2 stone by not changing anything she ate, but changing the order in which she ate it- in her words “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper” lol. Hope any of that helps!

Post # 6
545 posts
Busy bee
Post # 7
795 posts
Busy bee

@WillowTreeWade:  hey there!!! Don’t beat yourself up, you can’t change the past but you can control what happens next! You mentioned that you hate walking country roads alone, I definitely don’t blame you. Here are a few things you can do on your own to keep it interesting. This is a serious of exercises you can do absolutely anywhere! Don’t worry if you can’t get through it all without stopping, it is challenging! You WILL be sore the next day! Also, look on youtube for free exercise videos. Jillian Michaels has a serious butt-kicking one http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FTT4W8ygJ7w and there are plenty others. Being more flexible will make you feel much better, and makes it easier to exercise, so consider a couple of short stretching routines to do twice a day. Other than the great advice already given, don’t eat late in the evenings! 🙂 Good luck and keep us updated. 




Post # 8
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

The easiest dinner that I do ALL the time, is I buy those seasoned olive oils (you can get them at a lot of grocery stores, specialty food stores, and now there are even olive oil stores everywhere), marinate some chicken in it and grill it (sometimes outside and sometimes on my george foreman).  Then I cook a veggie side.  

I think you are eating too many carbs.  Carbs turn into sugar.  And you aren’t having enough protein.  Your body may be storing fat because of it.  Try eating more lean meats, cheeses, and beans 

Post # 9
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Count your calories!  It’s the only way to see how much you are actually eating every meal.  There are some great ones out there- I use loseit.com (I love the app!)

Exercise will help… but walking 45 minutes a day isn’t going to help you lose weight unless you change the amount of calories you are eating.  I know a 30 min brisk walk for me burns less than 100 calories- not as much as you think.

Most dinners at my house are 4 oz of meat (salmon, chicken, pork, etc) and veggies for me, maybe something extra for hubby such as a potato, bread, soup, etc.






Post # 10
1007 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I eat meat, but not very often. One place I get a lot of really good recipes (including a lot of vegetarian recipes) is skinnytaste.com. I have gained 20lbs since my wedding as well, and I just started dieting last week. I feel your pain, but all we need is a little motivation. 

Post # 11
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

ahhhh I just started watching what I was eating again yesterday lol! I had a small bit of luck a few months ago where I started losing weight without really trying just because I was so busy and I noticed this weekend that I had just completely gained it all back, it’s super annoying!!! This is the first time that I’ve decided to just brush it off and go WELP, it is what it is, gotta get back on track! Instead of just beating myself up about it like I usually do and I must say I already feel way more positive about it, so try not to lay into yourself too hard, it happens to EVERYONE from time to time!! My first goal is to get my snacking more healthy, I had been resorting to a lot of carb/bad fat snacks (pretzels, crackers, little candies) which is super bad. I just bought a bunch of broccoli, carrots, grapefruits, apples & avacadoes. I munch on the veggies with some hummus. In the mornings I try to eat greek yogurt or oatmeal with some blueberries, chia or flax seeds & a hardboiled egg. I work really long hours so my bf makes dinner and just makes a little extra for me so I can bring it to lunch, ususally chicken with a veggie & brown rice or quinoa. The hardest part is changing it up the first few days! after the first 3 or 4 days you start to feel crappy when you eat crappy lol. Also when I’m at work & having a slow moment I literally just jog around the building, go in the back and do some high knees & some incline push ups on the stair railing, I had stopped doing this bc I’m a baby and I HATE the cold, but yesterday and today I did it inside and it felt great. Good luck, and def don’t beat yourself up too much!! You are the only one who even notices lol, my bf just thinks my boobs grew he doesn’t care that my belly and my thighs went right along with my T&A hahaha!

Post # 12
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@WillowTreeWade:  In the past I’ve had a lot of success by not eating after 6 pm (or even earlier when schedule allows), eating a lot of smoothies (I tend to just make the same spinach, banana, mixed berry one all the time for ease), loads of beans, veggies, brown rice, quinoa, lentils, nuts, & fruit.  Soups are great for me to pack a lot of nutrients in a filling low calorie meal.

i also have a lot of repetitive meals when dieting.  For some people variety is key to their success but for me it’s ease of shopping/preparing.  It’s hard to buy a lot of different produce for different recipes & not have any go to waste in a 2 person house hold.  Plus it’s time saving to eat the same meals a few nights a week which allows more time for excersise.  This week we are eating a lot of steamed spinach & brown rice with various accompaniments like humous, ajvar sauce, lemon, olive oil, nuts, pickles, olives, peppers, beets, and chicken for my meat eater 🙂

My basic rules when trying to lose weight is to cut out empty calories as much as possible, eat close to the earth (aka the outer ring of grocery store) & simply put the damn fork down!

Post # 13
964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014


Exercise will not make you lose weight if you are not eating well. An hour on the treadmill burns maybe a couple hundred calories, which is like three cookies. So, yes, work out, but focus on eating.

Bread will make you fat. Bread will make you fat. Bread. Will. Make. You. Fat. That means all forms of white flour and sugar. Cut that out first. No pita, no english muffins, no crackers, no 100 calorie snack packs. That crap is poison for your body (I love it sooo much, but it’s poison). Also, 90% of products that claim to be whole wheat are bullshit. Whole wheat means it has the hull on it. The fiber is what stops the sugary inside from hitting your bloodstream like a bullet, which is what (through a complex process) makes you fat, and eventually diabetic.

(Also, while I love granola, it is not good for you. Read the ingredients. I bet you are eating granola that is loaded with sugar per serving).  

Don’t eat skim cheese, skim milk, etc. In fact, a LOT of people should not eat dairy at all. It is inflammatory. Go for FULL FAT Greek yogurt (real Greek yogurt) and add other healthy fats to your diet. It seems counterintuitive, but FAT (Omega 3s) is great for you and will help you *lose* weight by filling you up. Eat almonds, pecans, walnuts, flax seed, avocado. You should have about two handfuls of healthy fats a day. Peanuts are not that healthy.

I am currently on the anti-inflammation diet. This is the best diet for long-term health. You lose weight but it’s also the best diet for disease prevention.

Straight up, 60-70% of your diet needs to be vegetables and fruit (3/4 veggie, 1/4 fruit). Avoid bananas and high sugar fruits. Eat berries. Eat bright colored vegetables – dark leafy greens, carrots, red cabbage, sweet potatos, etc. Not iceburg lettuce and beefsteak tomatos.

At least one meal a day needs to be JUST a salad. But when I say salad, I mean a GIANT FUCKING SALAD. Like two pounds of greens and veg. That will keep you full for hours.

If you’re going to do carbs/protein, do it in the morning. Eggs, sweet potato, STEEL CUT oatmeal (not rolled oats), etc. 

If you need recipes, attack Pinterest. Use key words like:

– Paleo diets
– Anti-inflammatory diets
– Gluten free
– Low-glycemic 

Also, and I’m sorry for the caps, but I love this topic: READ THE BOOK “WHEAT BELLY.”

Post # 14
964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@yehyehgirl:  Ditto to everything you said!

Also, to add, The “Skinny Rules”:

1) Drink a large glass of water before every meal – no excuses. 

2) Don’t drink your calories. (Only water, tea, and watered-down fruit juice. Fruit juice is not that good for you)

3) Eat protein at every meal or stay hungry and grouchy. 

4) Slash your intake of refined flours and grains. 

5) Eat 30 to 50 grams of fiber a day. 

6) Eat apples and berries every single day. Every single day. Single day! 

7) No carbs after lunch. 

8) Learn to read food labels so you know what you are eating. 

9) Stop guessing about portion size and get it right – for good. 

10) No more added sweeteners, including artificial ones. 

11) Get rid of those white potatoes. 

12) Make one day a week meatless. 

13) Get rid of fast foods and fried foods. 

14) Eat a REAL breakfast. 

15) Make your own food and eat at least ten meals a week from home 

16) Banish high-salt foods. 

17) Eat your veggies – JUST DO IT! 

18) Go to bed hungry!!! (I don’t eat have 7pm…when I am being good).

19) Sleep right. 

20) Plan one splurge meal a week if you must. . 

Post # 16
964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@WillowTreeWade:  Haha I understand. Stevia is great…and actually, if you are going to do baked goods as a rare treat, pure maple syrup is an okay sweetener. I do a lot of baking with almond flours.

I also use almond milk a lot. I drink almond milk in my coffee and I also like the coconut/almond milk blend too. Just be sure you get “Unsweetened.” A cup of almond milk is 45 calories. I like the vanilla flavored kind.

The reality is, super healthy food is never going to taste the same as delicious unhealthy food. For me, it’s been a big deal to accept that difference and appreciate the healthy food for what it is. The more you eat like this, the more you like it though. The cravings truly will subside.

I can’t say enough about Wheat Belly. It is an amazing book and will link you to other great books. The Clean Diet and Eat to Live are also great. 

EDIT: If you are going to eat dairy, this is an area where it’s worth it to eat less but buy higher quality ingredients. If you can get access to it (it’s illegal in some areas) get raw cheese. Raw milk/cream is a bit more iffy (both in terms of access and safety) but the risks of disease are way low if you buy from a reputable person and raw dairy is much better for you.

If you like it, goat cheese is also okay. Just avoid any of those pre-shredded or bright orange blocks by Kraft or Sargento, etc. 

EDIT: (I’m sorry haha)

Also, you’ve gotta make it sustainable for you. Maybe every now and then you crack and you have a friggin donut. That is okay. That is really okay. If 80% of the time you are eating truuuuly health (no short cuts to health) then it’s okay to be lax sometimes. Just be aware that the “worse” the food, the greater the roller coaster cravings ride will be.

I eat waaay too much dark chocolate. Way more than I’m supposed to. But I do that so I don’t eat ice cream, you know?

Make it work for you. 

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