“I could of had a V8!
If you are old like me you will remember that add. I like V8, not as much as I like chocolate cake, but it’s good. I was trying to think of what I wanted for Lunch today and I kind of had to talk myself out of a ham sandwich slathered with Mayo and a slice of melted cheese. Now I can eat those things, a lightened up version, but I’m trying to Make better choices, and I really don’t like to use up a lot of calories on my midday meal. So, I said a little prayer, asking God to help me make good choices today, and put together this little lunch. Which is a can of V8, some home made hummus (which I pre-portioned after I made it yesterday) some pita chips, (which were also pre-portioned) and some baby carrots. This is a very healthy lunch and comes in just over 400 calories. It tasted great, I forgot how good V8 was.
Most of us struggle with cravings, or making better choices. Sometimes we just have to give it a little more thought. A year ago I would let fresh vegetables and cans of V8 get rotten or old in my kitchen. Sometimes we have to think about how we will feel, rather than how it will taste. it feels good to eat healthy, it’s not only healthy, it makes us feel confident and like we have control over what we eat. Just buying those fresh vegetables and healthy food is not enough. We have to set ourself up for success. This includes taking the time to do a little preparing.
Some of what I do is pretty simple, but takes a few minutes. Are you worth a few minutes if it means you will have a successful weight loss? When I made my hummus this weekend, I put the hummus in small 4 ounce cups that I ordered on Amazon. I also put 10 pita chips in several Ziplock Sandwich Bags and added a little hummus cup to each bag. I know what you are thinking…..”I don’t have the time or want to fuss with all that”. Really? So I guess you don’t think you are worth the trouble. Trust me, you are! I now have the bottom drawer of my refrigerator filled with little sandwich bags with appropriate portions of humus and pita chips I can grab and go. If I had not bothered the do that prep work yesterday, I may have had that ham and cheese sandwich, and who knows what else. And now I have snacks ready to go for a few weeks! These are the little things that make or break us. They are not rocket science, and they may seem silly and unimportant, but they matter greatly when you are trying to break old habits and get healthy.
I remember watching Dr. Phil once saying, in order to lose weight it’s not willpower so much that gets success but it’s setting ourselves up to not fail. This includes removing tempting food you have no business having in your cupboards, and having healthy food ready and available. He had one of his producers go into a woman kitchen, she had bags and bags of Doritoes, he had her remove them. Doritos are my very favorite chips. I remember thinking, oh dear, I couldn’t live without Doritoes! So what I did was buy a big box of 1 ounce bags of Doritos, this way I can control my portions. This may not work for you, I have had people tell me they would just eat several bags. But it works for me, one bag is just enough. Only you know what works for you.
So all that said, please give thought about where you biggest food struggles lie, and try to think out of the box as to how to resolve them. I’m going to put a few cans of V8 on my dresser in my bedroom for those late nights when I want to eat something. This will keep me out of the kitchen. Sometimes I have a bowl of fruit on my dresser. Only you know what you need to do to have success. I would love to hear what little tricks you do to have success. Leave me a message and let me know.