Our Women's group at our church had a meeting about nutrition and exercise this past week. One of the ladies gave a great presentation on a diet - actually it is more like a life eating plan. It includes portion control and helps you make healthy choices... my problem with it? It does not allow sugar (except sugar that is baked into breads, etc - but you have to choose wisely because you only eat a certain amount per day.) It means that if I were to follow it exactly I would not eat any chocolate - what kind of a diet doesn't allow eating chocolate?!? It does allow sugar substitutes, but I'm not so keen on those - I'd rather eat something that grows naturally than that was developed by scientists - call me crazy, but that's me. My sugar substitute would be honey.
I have to admit that I don't really do diets, I can't stand the restrictions and I definitely do not do diets that tell me exactly what to eat each day and what recipes to use for each meal. They do not work for me, I cook what I feel like making and not some crazy recipe with 15 ingredients that is suppose to help you lose weight. Or some hot breakfast cereal that you have to cook for 30 minutes. As soon as I read something like that I know it won't work. Who has 30 minute in the morning to make cereal? However, I have been wanting to eat healthier lately and have been looking at some options.
So I decided that I wanted to try this portion control thing (it also requires 30 minutes of exercise per day) except I am still allowing myself one serving of chocolate/candy per week (plus a bite or two of my husbands desserts, but since they are not mine - I shouldn't have to count it, right?! I am also giving myself my 'guilt free' days - birthdays, holiday days, etc.) I feel that by doing this I will be better able to stick to eating healthier - even if I cheat! Today is only my third day of doing it, but so far it seems to be working. I feel better about myself and have more energy - I am also eating all the daily requirements of fruits and veggies.
I feel that I report my exercise every week, but I have 4 exercise DVDs that I rotate as well as walking sometimes in the afternoons.
My question for you: If you diet, do you cheat? If so, what is your justification? Also, what do you do for exercise that works for you?
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