Is weight loss all about self-control?

January 15th, 2016

It’s not all about self-control and that the non-nutritious stuff is sometimes cheaper but in my experience I always spend more on the processed and fast foods than I do on whole, regular foods like chicken breasts, veggies, fruits, and whole carbs (like brown rice). The most expensive part of my grocery bill is spices but I don’t buy them all the time.

Problem for me is that if I eat the processed gunk it just makes me want more and more of it, so I buy more. There’s so many addictive ingredients in that stuff (main ones being refined sugar and white flour) that they set the public up for buying more of it. I spend 3 to 5 times more on food when I’m eating processed (including eating out) than I do when I’m eating clean, but that’s my experience. πŸ™‚

I also am very busy like you and most other people, but I really can’t enable anyone by saying that you’re too busy to eat healthy and exercise, and there are creative ways to spend less on food (I shop at Costco a lot). If we buy into the thought that “there’s not enough time or money” then where does that leave us? Without a solution, and if you don’t allow any excuses, you can lead a healthy lifestyle.

One other tip – grow your own veggies. I’m growing tomatoes and peppers in pots and others in the ground – pot growing is really cool because you can do it if you’re in an apartment – just another tip to save some $$ on those clean eats. πŸ™‚

There are many people who are uneducated when it comes to nutrition and it doesn’t mean that it’s only people in poorer neighborhoods – over the past 30 – 40 years the way we eat has changed more than it has in the past 1000’s of years of history. Processed, dead food is everywhere and it’s easier but it’s also very unhealthy, filled with high amounts of salt, sugar, unhealthy fats, and very little nutrition.

Leading a healthy lifestyle is a matter of many different aspects going beyond the simple “self-control” including educating yourself on just what’s in processed food, learning how to eat healthy, whole foods, learning if you’re an emotional eater (the example you described of going home and eating ice cream as a reward is emotional eating, not discipline), learning if you’re addicted to ingredients such as refined sugar, white flour (and more), and learning more about yourself – where your head and your spirit is at when it comes to changing your lifestyle.

Yes, there are neighborhoods that don’t necessarily have access to better food choices as easily as others, however I again would never limit anyone no matter who they are or where they live by saying that that’s just how it is and it could never get better. This would get into an entirely different topic of the power of the mind and your thoughts, however you have definitely illustrated how weight loss is not just about self-control. πŸ™‚

It sounds like you’re doing a great job with changing your lifestyle to make exercise a priority – I bet you’re setting a great example for others in your life whether they tell you this or not. πŸ™‚ Keep it up!

When you made healthy dietary changes, how did your partner react

January 15th, 2016

When my doctor ordered me to lose weight or face early death (I am 51), I decided to start eating healthier, one step at a time, and started walking. My husband thought it was just a “phase”, that I wasn’t really serious. Once he learned I was dead serious, after a year of eating healthy and losing 60 lbs., I was seen as a “threat” and a “bore” because I want to eat healthy and only eat junk/fast food in moderation. He could benefit from better eating habits too since he is borderline diabetic, has high cholesterol, and high blood pressure; he is not overweight. I invited him to join me on walks, which he seldom does. He says my “healthy” stuff – fresh fruits, vegetables costs too much. I told him that the money we try to save by eating junk is money we later have to spend going to the doctor to fix what could have been prevented by taking care of our bodies. I wonder if the real reason he feels threatened by me losing weight is that I may become marketable to other men, which might cause me to leave him. I assured him that this won’t happen.

I’ve attempted changing our diet to a more healthier one like TLC, but we tend to both be a bit stubborn. I have a hard time making a meal without meat, and he won’t try fish. He’s also a chocoholic so even if I get him a little bit for a holiday, it’s all gone in minutes. Trying to get him to go out on walks is like pulling teeth because he doesn’t think “just walking” does anything for you. So I’m stuck trying to do it on my own which makes it even harder. So I know how you feel Yung@heart =) and we are even a young couple, we are supposed to be able to talk through these things and not be set in our ways.

My husband was supportive of, if not participating in, my diet changes when I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2003. Then two years later, he had to have an angioplasty for clogged arteries. Suddenly we were on the same page! Healthy eating for all!

Alas, it did not last. Since his Lipitor has brought his cholesterol down to very good levels (his LDL is 40!!) he feels he can eat anything again, while still trying to support my good decisions. It’s hard when he feels that he can bake a huge pan of brownies for himself and our two overweight teens, and I’m still going to be good on my diet. Challenging to say the least.

But we struggle on….

While I was shedding 52 lbs during an 8 month period of time back in 2004 my husband brought every kind of snack/junk food in the house! What did I do about it? We STILL snacked but made adjustments-instead of regular chips we ate baked ones or more salsa instead of creamy dip. If we made dip, it was with non fat plain yogurt instead of sour cream. We ate out ALL the time and had a BLAST at social events! How? I ate a piece of fruit or a small salad before we left, had a tall glass of water prior to the meal, and made careful choices at restaurants and gatherings. Did I have coffee and dessert? Yes, but I’d eat half there and take half home. If the entree was sizeable, I IMMEDIATELY asked for a doggie bag and put half the food away to take home for another meal. This CAN be done folks without “ruining” your life, relationships, and friendships! Have a BALL with these ideas and keep your love life intact while shedding those unwanted lbs!

Roasting Almonds are good for you

May 12th, 2015

Among the large family of nuts, almonds are not merely the nuts that taste quite rich and exquisite but almonds surely have quite a lot of health benefits as well. So are Almonds are good for you? While the ideal time to get some fresh nuts is around the mid of summer, but otherwise they can actually be obtained throughout the year as packaged products. Thus, when wanting purely fresh almonds, summer is indeed the ideal time to not only buy the nuts but also to roast them because it truly enhances their flavor and makes them even more delicious to eat. DonÒ€ℒt sweat it if you are not aware about how they can be roasted because here you can find out.

Roasting almonds is merely in order to enhance their flavor and outlook making them more preferable to be eaten. As basic as the roasting can be, it is quite a strategic recipe that would have to be followed step by step.

The essential ingredients:

The ideal ingredients that are required to follow this recipe and roast the nuts include:

  • Raw almonds with their shells,
  • Butter or margarine,
  • A baking tray,
  • Salt,
  • Aluminum foil.

The procedure:

The process of roasting almonds is quite convenient and easy to follow, thus if done right, you would easily be able to prepare roasted these nuts.

  • The first step regarding the preparation of almonds is to put approximately a half cup of them into a baking tray.
  • After spreading them over the baking tray which has to be covered with the aluminum foil before the almonds are placed. It is quite important to properly arrange them so that each and every almond is properly roasted.
  • Three hundred and fifty degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature for you to bake the nuts in an oven for almost around eight or ten minutes till they are properly roasted.
  • Once the time is up, you can then remove the tray from the oven and then form a pouch from the aluminum sheet by pulling the edges together so that they do not get burnt by the heated pan.
  • Lastly all you need to do is to salt the almonds according to your taste and cool them before they are ready to be eaten.

Microwave procedure:

There is no reason to fret if you do not have an oven because they can even be roasted in a microwave with a little variation in the baking method.

The main process of roasting them in a microwave oven is quite similar to the above, except for the fact that you have to add a tablespoon of either margarine or butter over the almonds spread on the baking tray.

The heating time is also lesser for this microwave method and the almonds have to be roasted merely for four or five minutes with a medium heating for the first two minutes and then continue the roasting procedure at a low heat.

Constant stirring can prevent these nuts from burning too.

Thus, whichever method you choose, both are ideal for roasting them.