Yesterday one of my friends saw me for the first time since last August. She was amazed at the weight I had lost. Like most people, she asked what I was doing to lose the weight. People don't like to hear that I'm just counting calories. They want a magic formula. After getting past her surprise this lady asked me what I eat. I had to think about it for a minute.
My breakfast is either a slice of bread with a hunk of cheese or a slice of bread with natural peanut butter. I told her this and she was shocked. She said, "Wow, when I diet I don't eat cheese and peanut butter. I never think of those as diet foods!"
I pondered that the rest of the day. Diet foods? It has been months and months since I have thought in terms of diet foods and non diet foods. I eat everything in moderation. I told her that I mainly eat whole grains and proteins. When I have protein I have the real thing. I am convinced that is why so many of my diets failed in years gone by. I tried all the fake foods, splenda, margarine spreads, fake cheeses, fat free sour cream, the whole nine yards.
This time I am concerned about health and I refuse to put those fake foods into my mouth. I have discovered that real foods stick with me longer. Not only that they taste better and they are healthier. All these low fat foods hit the market years ago and statistics tell you that America just keeps getting bigger. They are not the answer.
The answer to permanent weight loss is in eating real foods and real fats not stuff with names you cant even pronounce. The answer to weight loss lies in eating foods in their living form. It lies in eating lean proteins. Its found in a Tablespoon of real cream for well being and long lasting fullness. When my friend said that today about diet foods I realized how far my thinking has come since a year ago.
She also asked me what I eat for snacks. I was caught off guard. I literally just stood there a moment. "What's the matter?" she asked.
It was at that moment I realized that for the last three weeks I have not even eaten any snacks. I didn't even realize that. Yes, to my amazement I have cut out snacks. I didn't set out to do it, it just happened. I looked back over my food journal and lo and behold the cut in snacks happened at the same time I went to eating whole foods. That is all the proof I need to tell me that real food and real fats are much more satisfying than any diet food on the market. I just plain never think about snacks anymore.
I'm happy with where I am in this diet journey. I'm at a very positive place in spite of my slow weight loss. Actually in the last 2 weeks Ive lost 6 pounds so I guess I cant call that slow. I really have no doubt that I will reach my goal by my 50th birthday which is 1 year and 4 months away. In that time I want to lose 56 pounds. I am confident I can do this!