Thursday, April 21, 2011
The importance of choosing what you love
The other night, the hubby was thanking me for taking control of our food habits at home because he knows he can count on me to measure everything out and stay within our calorie ranges but he also gave me a great compliment..."I've never once felt like we're on a diet." I make sure that we eat things that we love and have always loved, just smarter versions of them. The other night we had these amazing chicken tacos. Well tacos are supposed to have cheese right? Mine don't and the thing is, you don't even miss it. If I were to close my eyes and try the taco, I would've told you there was cheese on it. Why? Because I use a yummy enchilada sauce that easily fits into our sodium range and I spread 2 tbsp of chipotle hummus over 3 sodium free (but awesome) taco shells. These two things give more than enough flavor to make the hubby's eyes roll in delight when crunching away. I also added spinach leaves instead of lettuce for an extra kick of nutrition. I did that with an ear of roasted corn with roasted garlic rubbed on it and it was amazing; that does not sound like a diet - which in most people's eyes equates to deprivation. Deprivation does not work and we usually rebel against the things we resent which is why we tend to gain back any weight lost on a diet and then some.
Choose foods that inspire you and don't dine on what the diet industry is trying to sell you. Make your own decisions even if it's not necessarily a chock full of uber anti-oxidants, fiber and protein superfood. If you eat what inspires you and what you can maintain and look forward to the rest of your life...THAT is when what started as a diet becomes a *lifestyle!*
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