Are you counting calories?  Do this instead

Personally, I don’t think counting calories is sustainable for life and it’s definitely not enjoyable. For me, it created a monster. Hyper-analyzing every little morsel that passed my lips. Making me crazy if my calories were too high and then I would subsequently beat the crap out of myself mentally. ‘Well, there you go again. You ate too much food. You dummy!’

Here is an easier way to reach your goals without the tracking, driving yourself nuts and overanalyzing. And you won’t even HAVE to count calories if you do this ONE thing.

Just read your labels.

Now I’m not trying to make this complicated for you. In fact, it’ll be more simple. Ideally you should stick to foods that have 1 ingredient: steak, green beans, chicken, red pepper, fish, avocado. You get the idea.

But if you want to get something processed…. you must simply read the list of ingredients. Not the percentages. The list of ingredients. Some of the common things to avoid:

  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Dextrose
  • Corn or canola oil
  • Corn syrup
  • Refined sugar
  • Soybean oil
  • Soy protein
  • Refined wheat flour
  • Maltodextrin
  • Sucralose
  • Corn or wheat starch
  • Soy lectin
  • Mono and diglycerides
  • Dyes (blue, red, green, yellow, etc)
  • Sodium nitrate
  • Nitrites
  • Potassium bromate
  • BHA/BHT
  • Vegetable oil
  • Aspartame
  • Propylene glycol
  • Carrageenan
  • MSG

Are you wondering WHY?

You might pick up some yogurt, for example, but some of them have high fructose corn syrup in them! This ingredient will pack on the pounds instead of make you lighter.

Smart ones frozen meals. Did you think these were healthy like I used to? Well, they sure do a great job marketing them as healthy but they are not. This one has MANY of the items I recommend you do not ingest. Soy is one of them. Soy causes inflammation (which leads to disease processes) and jacks with your hormones.

Slim fast shakes. Oooooooo this one really makes me mad. Even in the name it is claiming you’re gonna get slim FAST! Sugar is the 3rd ingredient on the list. There’s also Sucralose, canola oil, HFCS, soybean oil, carrageenan, corn syrup, maltodextrin and more. Chemical crap storm.

Diet Mountain Dew? Or any pop for that matter. Just say no to that too. Aspartame, vegetable oil, Sucralose and yellow dye.

Unfortunately, the government does not look out for us when it comes to this stuff. These big ‘food’ companies are experts when it comes to marketing their so-called ‘healthy’ food to us. So we need to be OUR own advocates. The government is about profit. They are not concerned with your health. It’s no wonder why people are getting fatter, more disease, diabetes, auto immune disorders, and cancer.

Stay vigilant, friends!!!!  And happy and healthy!

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Why I don’t like weight watchers

This blog might make some people upset. So let me preface before we go any further. These are my opinions only. What I have heard from others. And my experiences. 😘

Okay. Let’s get started. I have heard people tell me the following about WW ‘I never learned how to change the way I was eating’. ‘I became obsessed with how many points is this?  How many points is that?’.  And my favorite ‘I was pretty much starving myself before weigh ins because I was embarrassed to get on the scale’. 

Essentially, weight watchers is a calorie restriction diet. Once you stop restricting or over restricting yourself, the weight comes back with a vengeance. Or so I’ve seen…  there always are exceptions. So don’t be mad, friends. 

I tried a version of this about 8 years ago. Calorie counting with an online tool. I was trying so hard to eat 1200 calories per day. Always hungry. Always unhappy. Eating whatever I wanted but really restricting. I was trying to get my fat, protein, carbs to say “good” on the tracker every day. When it didn’t I was so mad at myself. Needless to say I failed. And I wasted a ton of of energy writing all that down. And then I would go and binge eat ALL. THE THINGS. Because I was depressed I was a failure. Well it’s no wonder why I couldn’t get it. It’s a system set up FOR failure because of the foods involved. 

So let me break it down why I don’t like weight  watchers. 

1. They don’t teach you how or what to eat. Anything goes. As long as it fits in for your points. 

2. Public weigh ins?  Need I say more?

3. They don’t develop healthy eating habits that will last for life. 

4. They advocate eating processed foods. 

5. It creates an obsession. Points are everything!!  And you are constantly journaling or writing things down. Seriously who has time for that?