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Changing Eating Habits

Changing Eating Habits is a story for the cynics out there.  The ones who can’t envision ever giving up their ice cream, chips, diet soda, etc.  I was one of those people.  I’m Sue, a 50+ female who needs to lose some pounds and is overly fond of ice cream and diet soda (and let’s be honest…anything that contains sugar). At the end of 2013, I decided that I needed to change my lifestyle, get in shape, and work on changing my eating habits.  Unfortunately, due to some unexpected surgery, I was seriously delayed in the fitness side of my goal.

Fruit Infusion Water Pitcher  However, I decided there was no reason I could not  focus on changing my eating habits.  So what did I do?  First, I bought myself one of those cool water pitchers that have the column in the middle that you         can put fruit in. You can find one here at: http://www.target.com/p/fruit-infusion-pitcher/-/A-11209652#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=fruit+infusion+water+pitcher.  It flavors the water.  This was a big help   to me, because I really don’t care for just plain water.  The next thing I did was cut out the diet soda.  I did this cold turkey, because I felt it was the best option for me.  I started drinking the flavored water      (lemon is my favorite), and I focused on drinking at least four glasses of water a day.  While it is not the eight glasses of water per day that the experts recommend, it was a huge improvement for me.  Currently, I   am working on getting that number up to six glasses of day.

The next thing I did, was work on my peanut butter obsession.  Once I looked at the calorie count per serving (and I was eating at least 2-3 servings per day), I knew I had to stop eating it.  Since “natural” peanut   butter was not for me, I just decided to eliminate it altogether.  Instead, every morning, I have a piece of healthy nutty bread with just all fruit spread on it.  I cannot believe how many calories I eliminated just by cutting this one thing out of my diet!

I also worked on changing my eating habits by substantially cut down on the ice cream.  I was to the point that I could finish a pint of this wondrous gelato in one sitting.  Needless to say, when I finally got up theIce Cream Containers courage to look at the sugar content, it was a staggering 27 grams of sugar, PER SERVING!   I knew I could not completely cut out ice cream.  So, once a week, I allow myself one of those really tiny ice cream servings you find in the supermarket.

As much as a cynic as I am, I have found that the experts were right.  I do not miss these items in my diet.  I would never have believed it!   I still have work to do, but I am much more confident now that I can achieve my overall eating goals. Give this a try.  Just a few little changes can improve your health substantially.

Chief Boomer Sue at www. bestboomer.com

 

 

 

 

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