Remember, this isn’t a starvation diet. You may have to count calories to make sure you are getting enough rather than keep an eye on getting too many. Really. I had to do that in the beginning. But, now I know what to eat and not.
We want to feel satiated and full after every meal and not eat skimpy portions leaving the dinner table hungry. If you are hungry, you likely need more calories.
Don’t think you are going to have to eat salads all the time. It’s not like that. No one would stick to that way of eating for long.
Then, there’s the temptation to eat snack and junk foods. We don’t want to go hungry and we don’t have to be in the starvation mode.
That’s why you have to do a little research on what you like eating and find foods that fill you up. Plant based whole food does just that because it has fiber.
‘A healthy eating plan gives your body the nutrients it needs every day while staying within your daily calorie goal for weight loss. A healthy eating plan also will lower your risk for heart disease and other health conditions [1 nhlbi.nih.gov]’.
Fill yourself up with potatoes and rice alongside your vegetables. And, if you want something sweet, put berries in cooked millet with a little sugar and almond milk. I don’t think we can be happy eating only fruit and vegetables.
I personally need potatoes and brown or basmati rice to feel ‘right’. I feel that millet and quinoa are alright as substitute for grains like wheat and oats.
You will be tempted to go back to the past and eat the old way you used to, but you need to muster up the strength and willpower to resist.
You will fall from time to time, this is virtually unavoidable. But, you just have to pick yourself up and hop back on that horse and keep riding. Go to recipes, here.
1 URL nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/eat/calories.htm
Website Title National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
Article Title Healthy Eating Plan
Date Accessed April 22, 2018
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.