I managed to follow her directions to eat 6 times a day. Yes, six times a day - it's not a typo! It was, without a doubt, the hardest part of the changes I've made. I'm an old pro at dieting - usually what's termed 'starvation' dieting. I'm also fantastically talented at skipping meals, sometimes for a day or more. Eating three meals and three snacks a day made me feel, in the beginning, a bit like a cow standing at a feeding trough!
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It's also going to be challenging to continue this on a food stamp budget, but not impossible. This past month, I managed to have fresh fruits and vegetables through all but the last 2 days. It took a lot of research, a lot of planning AND changing the way I shop and do things in the kitchen and I'll continue to 'tweak' things as I learn.
I've still been able to eat Italian and Mexican food. I can still have my occasional dessert. I AM learning which foods are a better value carbohydrate-wise and complex carbs tend to be found in healthier foods. I am NOT obsessively counting calories, just simply learning to make wiser choices for my body.
The changes nutritionally involve learning about, and trying to eat following this chart
|Glycemic Index Food Pyramid www.lowgidiet.net.au|
- cutting down on white foods - white rice, white flour, white potatoes, sugar. Notice I didn't say cutting them out - but cutting them down!
- Using less of those yummy, calorie dense dairy foods - butter, sour cream, cheese - and using them more wisely
- Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables
- Balancing complex carbs with proteins
- Using less oil - and when I do, using olive oil or cooking spray
- Using Stevia rather than sugar substitutes (which are full of dangerous chemicals!)
- Finding ways to add more legumes to recipes