I really don’t love salad. I like it if someone else makes it for me. I like having a big fancy salad when I go out to eat. I like it, I just don’t looovvee it.
I think people who meet me or follow me think I just eat salad and drink water.
I eat. I love food. I didnt get to over 225lbs by loving salad. I lost 100lbs by learning to unlove those things that got me into trouble.
I have flexibility now. I can afford to eat a “bad meal” every now and again. It doesnt happen often but I do indulge. I know if the scale goes up or my pants get tight, I know what to do to fix it. Knowing what to do and actually putting it into action are two different beasts.
When I was fat (yes I was fat-that word doesn’t upset me) not only did I get stretch marks #notwinning but I also messed up my insides. As a result of letting myself go and abusing myself with food, I did damage to my gallbladder. I had it taken out a few years ago but I suffered for years with agonizing pain…years! Another prize I got from eating too much is now my stomach is really sensitive. The slightest thing will make me sick at my stomach, its not fun.
I would love to say that I eat all organic. I would love to be able to say that we only eat grass fed meat. We don’t. We eat healthy and we eat real food. BUT, I’m not perfect…more real than perfect. There are a few diet hacks or my go to’s to help keep me sane or help keep me from getting in the car and driving to get a donut.
Before you leave a comment about some of the items. I will try to save you some time. YES, I use products with aspartame or artificial sweeteners. They don’t bother me. I’ve read the lop sided “research” and I am fine with it. I also wear make up and colour my hair, both in my opinion are worse then the sweeteners.
So this is what I currently have in the fridge/pantry.
I drink Diet Pepsi..not a lot but I do. If I am craving something sweet or something I shouldn’t, diet Pepsi helps me get over the hump. The carbonation fills you and it’s sweet. It makes me not want a cookie or donut.
Diet Swiss Miss – it has to be the diet one – it has 25 calories and no sugar. Again, it helps take the edge off if I feel like I want to snack or a hot sweet drink.
Soup – I eat a lot of soup. It’s easy, filling and can be healthy. Yes I know, perservatives & sodium. I would love to have the time to make a big batch of healthy soup. This is my go to. Please notice, the red pepper tomato soup is organic boom . If you are in the US the Progresso light variety is great! If you are a rock star and can make your own–then do it! You can jam pack it full of good stuff, oh and send me some!!
ZippFizz – I love this stuff!! Its a better version of Red Bull – jacked with B12, no sugar. It’s like fizzy Crystal Light on steroids.
Crystal Light – hate me all you want – this helps me get my 3L of water in. I don’t drink it all the time but yes I drink it and really enjoy it!
Chocolate Almonds – low sugar, dusted with cocoa, healthy fat with protein – this one is a winner!
Snapea Crisps – if Im looking for chips or similar a handful of these bad boys does the trick. Gluten free – not carb free.
Ostrim – I love these. Found them at GNC then ordered a box from Amazon. Ostrich meat -super low calorie, barely any fat, no gluten, low carbs. It is a perfect snack. Yes, it is higher in sodium so I just drink more water…still winning!
Justin’s Maple Almond Butter – you dont need much of this stuff. Its healthy but tastes decadent! I really dont use much because the flavour is right there.
Chex - My kids eat Chex. Gluten free, low in sugar. I have a small bowl with some sugar free cashew milk or almond milk and its great. I am favouring the cinnamon chex right now because it kinda reminds me of a churro. Use your mind people…use your mind.
So there you have it. A few diet hacks that help me stay the course.
I’m an eater…I will always fight the battle of making good choices so these few things help when Im headed down the wrong path. But I will also always win that fight.
These are all of my own items, bought with my own money. None of them were sent to me, but if any of the above mentioned brands would like to send me some of their stuff, I will obviously put it to good use : )
If nothing else, please take care of yourself. If you are carrying around extra weight, do something about it! TRUST ME your life will be so much better. I have lived both sides and I know I NEVER EVER want to go back to being overweight.