Post # 1
How do you stay slim despite your love for all things delicious??
I just really really love food. I’ll never be one of those people who doesn’t enjoy bacon, and I think that pretty much everything tastes better with melted cheese on it. I also don’t believe in light beer (that’s what water is for!). I’m pretty much always thinking about my next meal. Luckily I also have a pallete for healthy foods as well to balance this out.
So how do you guys manage to keep you indulgences in check?
Post # 3
Basically I limit how often I eat out and I don’t eat it if I don’t LOVE it (as in, I’ll spit it out if it has lots of calories and it isn’t perfectly delicious). Also I make a big effort to keep my eating at home yummy but super simple, a basic mix of animal protein+vegetables.
Post # 4
@futuremrs1986: I don’t have the willpower. I just eat whatever I want and rock the backfat lol.
Post # 5
Monday through Friday, I eat the sAme things every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner., which is the biggest thing. If I don’t have to think about what to eat, I don’t start to crave terrible things.. On weekends I’ll make a healthy breakfast , and then we get 1 splurge dinner on one of those days. Also, on weekends I go to the gym first thing in the morning and it makes me very aware of the fact that I don’t want to ruin my work.
Post # 6
@futuremrs1986: I eat healthy and watch what I eat during the week, and splurge on the weekends. I also do not eat out very often, which alone has made the biggest difference. I’m also a huge fan of the MyFitnessPal app.
Post # 7
I’m not bone thin, but I enjoy working out as much as I enjoy being a “junk foodie.” I love to run, cycle, do yoga, and overall be good to my body. I also try to eat in moderation as much as I can, and eat slowly. I had some of the best pizza ever on Saturday, and ate it slowly to really enjoy the taste. Usually I would eat super quickly, and 1) not really taste the food and 2) overeat and feel like garbage.
Post # 8
Sounds like we have similar strategies… keeping it healthy throughout the week and indulging on the weekend!
@bebero: +1 to making the calories worth it. There are a few “junk” foods that i basically never consume because they just aren’t worth the calories to me. There’s not a whole lot of them though! I never drink juice because of the sugar and caloric content- If I’m going to drink my calories they better be alcoholic!
Post # 9
@futuremrs1986: I eat pretty much whatever I really want and I carefully limit my portions. Also I FEEL good when I eat well, so that helps too 🙂
Post # 10
I eat whatever i want, but balance it out at the gym. I prob work out 4-5x a week to support my eating habits ;(
Post # 11
The number one way I manage (other than My fitness pal) is cooking myself. I love cooking, and when you make it at home, it’s almost always going to be better for you (not always, but almost) Also, I can sub non-fat cream cheese in cheesecakes (my #1 food love) or other low calorie options.
Also, always making sure I go home with a box. Resteraunt portions are HUGE. If you are going home with a box, you are likley doing the right thing.
Post # 12
Y’all, I love food. And if just sincerely enjoying anything and everything delicious (healthy or not) isn’t enough, I’m a southern girl so I’m fighting two battles. “What do you MEAN you’re not frying that chicken/vegetable/butter?!?” Mr. H is the same. Most of our friends are overweight and junk food junkies, while we have gone from obese down to 180 lbs (him) and 140 lbs (me). As much as we love to eat all things yummy, we also realllllly don’t want to go back to where we were. So here’s what we do:
We cook, every single night. We got a cooking light cookbook and we LOVE IT. It saves us money (score!) and we know exactly what we’re eating. Plus it lets us have some variety–eating the same thing every single day gets old really quick, and we tend to derail very easily that way. Now, with a new menu each day/week, we are excited to cook and eat our meals, plus we have leftovers to take for lunches each day. When we do go out for a dinner date or something, it’s a lot easier to make healthy choices because we worked so hard all week/month/whatever that we don’t want to wreck it! Here’s an example of our menu this week (so you can see that healthy can still sound exciting)–
Monday: spinach parmesan omelets with tomato mushroom sauce (and yes, we totally had bacon: 2 slices of lower sodium but still totally-real-not-from-a-turkey bacon)
Tuesday: Crockpot vegetable minestrone with a side of wheat bread
Wednesday: Potato zucchini pancakes with cherry tomato salad and steamed green beans
Thursday: Cous cous with mozzerella, artichoke hearts, and roasted red peppers with a side of dark chocolate balsamic glazed strawberries
Friday: mushroom and fontina bread pudding with asparagus salad
Saturday: sea scallops with orange chipotle sauce, served over forbidden rice with a side of steamed broccoli
YAY FOOD! 🙂 i’m literally eating right now. lol.
Post # 13
@futuremrs1986: This is the struggle of my life. I love eating. Like you, I’m always thinking about my next meal.
What works for me is to eat well during the week, and limit my splurges to the weekend. I bring my lunch to work (usually leftovers), and I cook reasonably healthy meals for dinner. Portion control is helpful! Also, it’s rare for me to consume alcohol during the week.
On the weekends, though…just about anything goes!
Post # 14
@MrsHalpert: balsamic chocolate glazed strawberries!!!… I’m going to need the recipe for that!
Post # 15
@futuremrs1986: last month for my birthday, a friend got me a gourmet high-quality olive oil and vinegars sampler. so first let me say using all these awesome infused oils and vinegars is my new obsession. i digress…
in the sampler there was a dark chocolate balsamic vinegar which is just the kitty’s titties. SO GOOD. we first tried it over super rich vanilla ice cream (cheat day) and it was perfectly savory and sweet. this time, i’m going to marinate/chill the sliced berries in it. once i run out of these oils though, i intend to infuse some of my own–i’m pretty crafty in the kitchen when it comes to harder stuff. i can’t fry an egg to save my life but infusing my own oils? sure what the hell. i’ll try it. so, i will let you know how it goes, haha. but yes, see if you have a high-quality oil/vinegar shop near you, and see about getting a sampler. it will change your life!
i cooked some salmon in a maple balsamic vinegar last week, and it was amazing. then one day i wanted to use some of my peach infused olive oil, so i brushed it over some crusty bread and topped with feta and bacon crumbles for a quick appetizer.
can you tell i love to cook? these are like my longest posts. haha
Post # 16
I still am always thinking about my next meal. I just think of it differently than I was. We ONLY buy things that we won’t regret eating. I have a stock of kale chips in the cabinet. Frozen grapes for when I feel like I need to snack, and prosciutto chips for when I’m feeling crazy. I eat a lot of veggies. If I eat them first, I don’t have room for all of the other stuff. I also drink lots of water. I’ve given up bread and grain pasta until after the wedding. We do eggs in cupcake tins for breakfeast, and I stuff those babies with all types of vegetables. I gave up beer…. It kind of sucks. I still allow myself a glass (big ol’ cup) of wine a night, and vodka on the weekend! I’m finally used to not eating cheese on everything. I also exercise for at least an hour everyday. I was losing weight even before the exercise. It’s the damn carbs and cheese for me. I feel kind of out of control with some of the wedding planning; so, it’s kind of nice to be able to control my diet.