One myth that I still hold as true, even though all evidence proves otherwise, is that good-for-you food must taste yucky to be healthy. This is simply not true. But in my head, I believe. And I use it as an excuse to not always make the best choices. Now admittedly, bad-for-you food always seems to taste delicious, which is grossly unfair but a sad truth. Now I’m on a quest to find yummy and healthy recipes that taste great while also helping me lose weight.
It always seems easier to stay on track when you’re feeding your body the right kinds of foods. For me, it’s a slippery slope once I start making excuses or justifying poor food choices. Again, my goal is not to “ban” or forever forbid anything, but to recognize a new food pyramid where some foods are to be eaten every day, occasionally and rarely. No food is off the list unless I don’t like it, obviously, or my body does not respond well to it.
My past tendency has been to treat everything as equal, which is a good thing when it comes to people, but not so great when it comes to food. I’m not sure why I’ve been so resistant in the past to eating healthy and making changes (and yes, some sacrifices too) but that has to end. I’m a grown-ass woman and it’s time to act like one.
Finding a Good-For-Me Snack
As I mentioned on Monday, I’ve been doing a lot of reflection and recognizing what my body is telling me. One thing I’ve noticed is that I tend to get hungry around 4 PM. As I’m not ready to join the early bird dinner club, I need to find a healthy snack to tide me for a few hours until I eat dinner, which is typically between 6:30 to 7:00 PM.
Since my cravings lean towards salty, I choose hummus. I LOVE hummus. It is delicious and good-for-you. Normally I eat hummus with pita bread or chips; however, I knew that wouldn’t be my best choice as a get-healthy snack. With the weight I need to lose, cutting back and regulating my carb intake, especially bread and pasta, is going to be instrumental to my success. I settled on endive leaves for now, although I open to any suggestions you may have.
Do I miss the pita bread? Of course I do. But it is a sacrifice I am willing to make because I can still enjoy bread occasionally, not just at every meal or with every snack. To help lower calories and fat, I also replaced some of the extra virgin olive oil with greek yogurt. Now I have a great snack that gives me the burst of energy I want, without the guilt. Win-win!