The chapter we are learning about in my nutrition class this week is near and dear to my heart. The chapter is called achieving and maintaining a healthful body weight. Who doesn’t want to do that? Its funny because after all the years of reading through Shape Magazine, Cooking Light, Oxygen Magazine, reading about weight loss, I thought I heard it all! But, I am learning more about why it is important to lose weight not for looks, but for health. There are so many fad diets out there that promise to help you lose weight so fast, and as for me, I would love to be like the contestants on the Biggest Loser and lose 30 pounds in 3 weeks! But, we live in a real world, and I think the best way of losing weight is eating real food. I never buy frozen dinners, I would prefer eating a 4 oz. chicken breast with brown rice and veggies, instead of a tiny high sodium frozen dinner. At the end of the chapter there are always links to helpful sites which I would like to share with you.
- http://hp2010.nhlbihin.net/portion (you can take a portion distortion quiz)
- www.consumer.gov/weightloss (Learn successful strategies for losing weight)
All of these sites promote healthy eating and guidelines and assistance in starting your own weight loss regimen. It’s never too late to change bad eating habits. By incorporating some of my recipes, as well as all the other healthy food blogs out there, I think we are all able to learn a lot from each other and become inspirations for each other. One of the most inspiring sites I go to is www.ronisweigh.com.I have been following her site for a few years now. She lost 70 pounds on Weight Watchers, and if you are interested, she has pod casts on I-tunes where you can download them and listen to readers questions. One question she answered was about eating out at restaurants and staying on track. One thing I never thought of was asking for double veggies, instead of a starch. She has a small son and a husband. Her husband will get fries, her son fruit and she will get double veggies, and pick a few off of her husbands plate. I thought that was a great idea. Her other idea was to start with a brothy soup as an appetizer. That way if the rest of your party is eating fried mozarella sticks, or potato skins, you are still eating, but just something helpful. I thought those were both great ideas. I work in an office where I can listen to my I-pod all day if I want, and I have started downloading weight loss podcasts, or nutrition podcasts to learn while I work!