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Week #8: Embrace Challenges

By EatingWell Editors

Plan ahead and embrace the challenges of healthy eating.


READER'S COMMENT:
"I love broccoli!! I can have as much as I want!! Also I've been using more and more Eating Well recipes, just because the pre-calculated calories save me a big, fat calculation if I use some other recipe. We started splurging on those...
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I love broccoli!! I can have as much as I want!! Also I've been using more and more Eating Well recipes, just because the pre-calculated calories save me a big, fat calculation if I use some other recipe. We started splurging on those mini carrots, because they are such a great snack. One big mistake I make is to eat food that's offered to me, without pausing to check the calories. So for instance this morning my husband offered me 1 1/2 individual tubs of fruit soygurt, which turned out to be 4x the calories of my normal plain yoghurt portion. I should have asked, then gone with just one tub (I was out of yoghurt). I try to just remember that food so I can steer away from it next time, rather than beating myself up about it. But I can see that I need to work on the accepting habit...

Elizabeth, Westford, MA

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 5:46pm

Like Becca I enjoy cooking, so i have really enjoyed preparing Eating Well recipes...I've also measured my portions too as portion control is a challenge. I find that eating at restaurants is where my diet goes haywire...so I plan in advance what I'm going to order, and stick to it. Most larger places have their menu online, or if it is a small Japanese restaurant for example, you can look that up in your calorie count book. Works like a charm!!

OrlandoMonica, Maitland, FL

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 5:45pm

Rebecca’s Food Strengths and Challenges Strength #1: I love to cook and try new recipes. Use: I love trying and cooking all the new recipes in the eating well diet book and from the web site. Strength #2: I love every fruit and vegetable under the sun! Use: I will incorporate more fruits and veggies in my everyday routine. Strength #3: I know what is good and what’s not. Use: I will be sure to watch out for the triggers and the “bad” foods and replace them with the good stuff. Challenge #1: I am bad at portion control. Correct by: being more alert at how much I am eating and measuring out my portions. I also love to buy things that are already portion controlled. Challenge #2: I love to eat!!! Correct by: choosing foods I can have a lot of like salads, fruits and veggies, to feel satiated and feel like I am eating a lot without the caloric detriment. Challenge #3: I love to socially drink alcohol!!! Correct by: limiting the amount I am drinking and choosing lesser calorie laden cocktails than I was before. I also make virgin Mary’s instead of bloody because I am getting the taste I want without the extra 100 calories of vodka while getting a full serving of veggies. (I use low sodium V-8).

Becca, Clifton Park, NY

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 5:45pm

A key step in the EatingWell Diet is learning to eat mindfully. Part of that is simply becoming aware of what about your eating style is helping you to reach your goals--and what is hurting you. For example, maybe having a big vegetable salad topped with lean protein (think: grilled chicken or baked tofu) is helping you to meet your daily calorie goal because it is super filling and yet provides less than 400 calories. On the flipside, maybe salty snacks are sabotaging your success because once you start munching you just can't stop. What are YOUR secret-to-success foods? What are your diet busters? How do you use "good" foods to your advantage? And what are some of your solutions for dealing with those diet-sabotaging foods?

EatingWellNicci, Charlotte, VT

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 5:45pm



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