Healthy Eating, Redefining Self!

Social Gatherings and Food

Today I learned a lesson in social gatherings and food. It was my Priest’s birthday party and a bunch of us met at a Chinese Restaurant to celebrate. It was a fabulous time to spend with fellow parishioners and Father and develop relationships!

However…. My intention was to eat only a bowl of egg drop soup which was only 2 points. But I decided to go ahead and get Egg Foo Young. That turned out to be 4 points as I called it 4 items because it was big though, maybe it was only really one. I should have skipped eating the rice which was 6 points but still, 12 points isn’t bad especially for eating out. Now if I’d have left it there it would have been great!!!

Here’s the kicker. We finished lunch and sang Happy Birthday to Father then he walked around passing out birthday cake and I, not wanting to hurt his feelings, took one. Worse, I ATE IT. At the time I thought, well no big deal it’s only one tiny piece of cake and I have lots of extra points. However, when I got home I found out that it was a whopping TWENTY FIVE POINTS! Yes, one tiny piece of chocolate cake with frosting is twenty five Weight Watchers points.

What I learned today is this. Leave the rice to rot it’s not worth 6 points for 1 cup. And just say no to cake. Next time I will do it differently. Happy Birthday Father! No thank you on the cake.

Healthy Eating, Redefining Self!

Weight Watchers Day 1

I used to love to cook then I got sick of it. I think that’s where things started going really down hill for me as as far as eating healthy goes. Today, however, I spent a majority of the day in the kitchen and I actually had a lot of fun.

I cooked a Weight Watchers soup that required you to cook a whole chicken in the soup to make the broth. You then use the chicken for other things. The soup was fabulous And the whole family liked it! The rest of the chicken is going toward 2 other Weight Watchers recipes. So, in cooking one soup I also have my chicken made for dinner for the next two nights! I have a frozen turkey thawing in my fridge for similar recipes next week. I also made Weight Watcher’s Maple-Raisin Bran Muffins. I’m super excited about these as they are only 5 points and make for a great breakfast with lots of fiber. They are also very tasty!

I tracked Day 1 in my app and had points left over. What makes me super happy about my points today though, is that all of them were used for something healthy. The Weight Watchers App is super as it also has it’s own community. I said hello and got a bunch of followers and I can follow people for inspiration. I even got in my Yoga!

I told a lady at my Church today that I’d started Weight Watchers today. She told me about how she needs to loose weight and that she would be watching me for inspiration. All the more reason for me to do a great job!

Day 1 was off to a great Start! I’m feeling better already!

Healthy Eating, Redefining Self!

21 Day Sugar Detox Prep Day 1|Weight Watchers

Today in my writing out my grocery lists and getting ready to start the detox. I, after nagging thoughts of I’m not sure this is going to work for me all week, came to the conclusion this is not going to work for me. I’m glad they give you a week to read, research and plan as it gave me a change of heart.

First thing that deterred me was the higher fat content and lack of carbs. I had my gallbladder removed and I was told by both my Doctors to eat low fat as my gallbladder is no longer there to process the fats. As my digestive system isn’t doing very well already I’ve decided to go low fat. The other reason being the amount of preparation in this diet. I know myself there is no way I can keep up with this level of preparation. Today I had a long list of “make ahead”. And third, these are not my foods. I will go crazy. If a person is completely deprived of the things they love a major lifestyle change ridding themselves of those things is a sure fire way to lose your footing.

I decided to go to Weight Watchers. I have done WW before and loved it. However, I made a dire mistake regarding WW is that I thought of it as a diet and not a lifestyle change and that is where I need to first begin. This is a lifestyle change not a diet.

Weight Watchers is a Whole Foods based diet with a good balance. I won’t have to completely cut out the foods I love but I will be cutting them back and eating healthier versions and lower fat, less carbs and just as importantly low sugar.

In my research this past week the biggest thing I felt I got out of it is the dangers of sugar and processed foods. The amount of processed foods, fast foods, bad fats that we eat as a society are scary and it’s undeniably wreaking havoc on our health and that of our children. It has changed the way I see the grocery store. While I’ve been aware of such things for a long time I am far more attuned to it and concerned with ridding my family of these bad habits.

Tuesday I will start Weight Watchers. I subscribed to my first 3 months of the Online version. I have my app and I’m ready to get started tracking. This is one big thing that is so important is tracking what you’re eating. I find when I don’t I loose sight of what I’m eating I think I’m eating healthier than I am.

In the next couple days I’ll write my grocery lists, finish getting my kitchen in order and get started on Tuesday. Remembering this is a lifestyle change not a diet and keep my focus.